Sending livestock to auction or market is a big component of the agricultural economy and operations in the RDBN. Many of the auction markets offer livestock sales for specific species, including cattle, horses, sheep, pigs, and goats. These auctions are great opportunities to either sell off livestock to larger markets or purchase new stock for your operations. In the spring, bull sales dominate the auction landscape, and by fall the auction calendar fills up with regular markets mainly for cattle. Additionally, many of the auction companies offer equipment sales, another great opportunity for producers to find used farm equipment, tractors, and tack. Nearly all auction houses now offer online bidding options, so you can bid from the comfort of your home, and you have the chance to bid on animals and items from other regions in the province and western Canada.
Things to consider when you are selling or buying from an auction...
- Additional fees. Depending on if you are selling or buying, there are additional auctioneer fees that are charged on your sale. Check the fine print of the auction house for their rates.
- Bidding Online. Most online auctions allow you to bid your 'maximum price' on an item. The auction will automatically raise your bid, depending on other bids that come in, until you reach your maximum. This allows you to bid once and leave the auction, as many of the online auctions last multiple days. You can increase your maximum bid at any time.
- Pick-up. Each auction house has their own rules around when you need to pick-up your animals or items after the auction is over. Be sure to come prepared with big enough trailers and trucks to fit all your items, and enough help on pick-up day.
Below is a list of some of the northern and BC auction sites. This list isn't comprehensive, so feel free to google 'agriculture auctions in BC' for even more!
BC Livestock Producers Co-operative Association - Located within the RDBN, BC Livestock offers online and on-site auctions (Vanderhoof, Williams Lake, Kamloops, OK Falls) for livestock as well as equipment sales.
Fraser Valley Auctions - On-site livestock (small and large animals) sales, Langley.
Abby (McClary) Stockyards - On-site livestock sales, Abbotsford.
Valley Auction - On-site and online livestock and machinery sales, Armstrong.
VJV Dawson Creek Auction - On-site and online livestock sales, Dawson Creek.
All West Auctions - Farm, estate and liquidation auctions, Vanderhoof
Beekman Auctions - Online equipment sales, Chilliwack.
Richie Brothers Auctions - Online and on-site equipment auctions for Canada and US.
Team Auctions Sekura - Online equipment sales in Alberta and BC.