PDF of the Buyers Guide Brochure

Saturday, August 6, 2022

Buyer’s Dinner 3:00 pm - Announcements 3:30 pm - Sale 4:00 pm

Broadwater County Fairgrounds- Livestock Building

The County Fair is the highlight of the year for many 4-H and FFA members and the conclusion of yearlong efforts in their projects. This is the final step in their project where marketing aspects come to life.

Through their projects, youth gain valuable life skills such as critical thinking, financial management, responsibility, confidence and goal setting. These life skills prepare youth to be competent, contributing adult members of society.

All participants complete Livestock Quality Assurance (QA) Training. QA teaches youth proper care and management, handling techniques, carcass and product quality and animal health. Youth put these principles into practice with their market animals to make sure that you, the buyer, are provided with the highest quality product possible.

When you support the Livestock Auction, you are supporting youth in Broadwater County. Many youth use their profits to fund college education. Without the support of local businesses and individuals, the sale would not be a success.

There are two ways to support youth by purchasing an animal at the livestock sale.
1. Custom Cut for Personal Use

2. Resale

Custom Cut

This is the most common way to support the sale. You are responsible for the processing instructions and charges. We will deliver the animal to the processor immediately after Fair, and then the animal is your responsibility. 

Arrangements have been made with area processors to handle your purchase. Slaughter and processing fees will apply. Carcass data is collected so that youth know how to improve next year.

Friends and neighbors may share the purchase if a whole animal is more than you can use. If you want part of an animal and have not found another person to share it with, contact a Livestock Committee member and they will try to match your order with another purchaser.

Custom Cut Examples


Sale Weight: 1100-1450 lbs.

2021 Avg. Price/lb.: $7.50

For a live weight of 1350 lbs., about 607 lbs. of retail cuts are expected.


Sale Weight: 230-300 lbs.

2021 Avg. Price/lb.: $13.57

For a live weight of 270 lbs., about 130 lbs. of retail cuts are expected.


Sale Weight: 100-160 lbs.

2021 Avg. Price/lb.: $13.90

For a live weight of 140 lbs., about 63 lbs. of retail cuts are expected.


GOAT—2021 Avg. Price/lb:  $19.08

POULTRY - 2021 Avg. Price: $625 (lot of 3)

RABBIT—2020* Avg. Price: $550 (lot of 3)

*No Rabbits were sold in 2021.

Resell Option

You may resell your purchase back to a prearranged resale buyer. Prices will be announced at the sale and are generally close to local market price. You pay full sale price at the auction and receive back the resale value after Fair. Buyers do not pay slaughter fees or receive meat. 


Resale Example for a Hog

Sale Weight:                             270 lbs.

Final Bid:                                   $8.00/lb.

Sale Total:                                 $2,160


Resale Price:  $0.45/lb.

Resale Total:  $121.50


Total Difference:  $2,038.50

Other Ways to Participate: 

· If you can’t attend the sale, but want to participate, contact a member of the 4-H Livestock Committee or complete a proxy bid form and send to the Extension Office. 

· Payment is expected within 10 days of the sale.

· Consult a tax advisor about the tax deduction options of purchasing a 4-H market animal. 


The Livestock Committee will make arrangements with area processors to handle Fair animals. Please check the sale day program for final processor list and processing fees. If you would like to use a processor not on the list, you must pick up the animal after the Fair and make arrangements yourself.

Amsterdam Meat Shop - Manhattan, MT - 406.282.7800 - Beef 

Milligan Canyon Meats - Cardwell, MT - 406.285.3112 - Beef

Pioneer Meats - Big Timber, MT -406.932.4555 - Beef & Hogs

Rawhide Meats - White Sulphur Springs, MT  - 406.547.6328 - Beef, Hogs, Lambs & Goats

Tizer Meats - Helena, MT - 406.442.3096 - Beef, Hogs, Lambs & Goats

Dee Anderson - Toston, MT - 406.224.1411 - Poultry


Thank you to our 2021 Buyers: 

3N Farms

Alpine Analytical Laboratory

American Porch


Avalanche Ranch

Big Sky Foot & Ankle Institute

Bob’s Supermarket

Brian Brager

Cadillac Custom Cabinets

Cedar Creek Land and Livestock

Churchill Equipment

Chuteside Veterinary Services

Circle S Seeds of Montana Inc.

Cody Folkvord, Headwaters Flying Service

Cox Ranch Equipment

Ehlke Herefords

Elkhorn Veterinary Clinic

Farm and Ranch Credit Services

Ferrat Ranch Limousin

Fish Tale Tavern

Frontline Ag

Harris Plumbing

Jason and Karen Noyes

Lane Construction

McDaniel Ranch 

MCM Truck Repair

Melinda Judd DMD, LLC 

Montana High Country Hay

Paul Decker

Phil Martin

R & L Ranch

Rocky Mountain Supply

Sangray Construction & Excavation

Sayer Fence

Sod Works

Steve Ward

Stockman Bank

Taves Consulting

The Mint

Thousand Hills Angus

Townsend Flooring

Townsend Home Church

Townsend Tire

Watson Irrigation