What is Junior livestock Auction?

The County Fair is typically the culmination of many months of hard work and dedication by the youth raising livestock projects. Junior Livestock Auctions like the Santa Clara County Fair Lonnie Toensfeldt Memorial Junior Livestock Auction are the final marketplace for ribbon winning livestock such as steers, lambs, hogs, and goats, as well as, chickens, rabbits, and turkeys. These animals have all been raised by junior exhibitors in 4H, FFA or independence youth organizations ranging in age from 9 to 19. While raising these market animals, youth learn life skills such as responsibility, time management, problem solving and animal husbandry all which will last a lifetime. Junior livestock auctions are the place for these youth exhibitors to sell those projects that they have worked so hard on and invested so much time and money into.

Become a buyer

To participate at the auction, you first need to register as a Buyer. After registering you will be provided with a buyer number. That buyer’s number is used to identify you throughout the auction whether you are doing online bidding or at a live auction when you hold up your number.

Bidding will be live and in person. Do not think you can be at the auction but still want to participate. Sign up to have a proxy bidder to place bids on your behalf.  Simply fill out the proxy bidder form which authorizes someone else to bid on your behalf or you can log in and bid online.


Bidding will be available virtually via cell phone, computer, tablet, or other handheld devices.

To Pre-registration:

Go to the below link.

Once promoted, on the drop-down menu and selected Buyers.

If you have previously been a Buyer choose your name from the drop down and confirm your email is correct and the phone number entered is a cell number, NOT A LANDLINE.

What is Sold?

At the 2021 Junior Livestock auction we will be selling the following:.


Steer  lots = 1 steer sold by the pound


Hogs lots = 1 hog sold by the pound


Lamb lots = 1 lamb sold by the pound

Market Goat

Goat lots = 1 goat sold by the pound


Market Rabbit lots = 3 rabbits sold as a lot


Meat Pen Chicken lots = 2 chickens sold as a lot


Turkey lots = 1 turkey sold by the pound


Egg lots = 1 dozen eggs sold as a lot

What should I expect to pay?

The cost of a 4-H or FFA animal is higher than a commercially raised animal because of the individual attention given to the animal’s development. The youth exhibitors spend countless hours feeding, cleaning, exercising, and raising these animals. This special attention delivers an exceptional product and deserves a premium price above the market price.  While many factors can affect this, the “Break Even Price” noted below is the cost that should allow the exhibitor to break even.  We like to suggest this “Break Even Price” as the minimum auction bid amount.  Often this is the price the Auctioneer will start the bidding at for each animal as it comes across the auction block. 

Please remember exhibitors are looking to earn a profit, which can then be reinvested into next year’s project, college, or future investments. So please consider bidding more to help them achieve this goal. Remember – your auction purchase is tax-deductible to the extent permissible by law. 

The Santa Clara County Fair is a registered 501c3 charitable organization. For further information contact your tax professional.

When the Auction Starts

The Lonnie Tosenfeldt Memorial Junior Livestock Auction is typically held in a live setting with youth showing off their animals while the auctioneer is calling off the bids. Prior to the auction all the animals are judged to confirm they are market ready. What market ready you might ask?  Just as it sounds – it means each animal has been evaluated by a veterinary to ensure it is healthy, certified it is free of any drug residues and it has also been judged for adequate fat to safely enter into the food chain or go to market.  The animals are then grouped together by specie and auctioned. Those animals that have “won” their classes are placed at the top of the list for their respective species. As the auction begins typically the exhibitor brings the animal into the auction ring and the Auctioneer begins to take bids. 

Live auctions tend to be a dance of sorts lead by the Auctioneer calling bids. The bidding can go back on forth between bidders and sometime the Auctioneer tries to get individual buyers to up their bids or compete against each other.  The Auctioneer is the life of the party- it is his/her job to get everyone excited, and they set the pace of the whole dance. All of this is in an effort to get the best possible price for each animal. When the gavel finally drops on the animal, the highest bidder (or bidders) wins.


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