Frequently asked Questions
How do you accept poultry and rabbit consignments?
Ideally, we would like your poultry and rabbits to be sold in wooden vegetable crates. You can ask around for them at local farms or small supermarkets. We also sell them here at the auction for $1 each. This charge can be paid in cash at the time of purchase OR taken out of your check for the consignment. If you have a metal/wire cage or dog crate that you would like to leave with your animals, we can sell them in your container. You will not get your crate/container back. We DO NOT accept them in cardboard or other unventilated containers. Please do not put too many birds or rabbits in one crate, especially with hot temperatures forecast. They need to be comfortable.
When is the Auction held?
We have a sale every Tuesday. We open for consignments at 9:00 a.m. The sale starts at noon, with eggs, poultry and rabbits. We take a break while we are accepting other consignments, and start again at 2:00 p.m. with hay. Pigs, goats, lambs and sheep will follow in that order. We do not have an exact time, as we do not know how many animals of each kind will be consigned on any certain day. Cows, bulls, heifers, and feeders will be sold as soon as we can load the smaller livestock for the buyers, followed by calves.
How do I buy animals?
You will need a number to buy, which you can get in the office upstairs. This number will be permanent and it does not cost anything. Listen to the auctioneer to learn if the animal is sold by the dollar (each), or by the pound. The auctioneer will announce the weight of each animal to be sold per pound. If you do not understand, please stop him and he will answer your question. We accept cash, or personal check if you have a letter from your bank that says you are a member of good standing. We do not take debit or credit cards. Livestock has to be removed the day of the sale.
Can anyone buy and sell or do I have to be a member of the Co-Operative ?
You do not have to be a shareholder to buy or sell. The auction does not have a buyers premium. There is a commission to sell. We accept cash, or personal check if you have a letter from your bank that says you are a member of good standing. We do not take debit or credit cards. Livestock has to be removed the day of the sale.
When is the best time to sell an animal that is likely to be bought for a holiday?
You will want to be sure that buyers have time to process the meat before the Holiday. The week of a holiday is too late for these animals to be butchered. If you have animals to consign for a holiday, please call the auctioneer with advanced notice for advice on timing and to get the best pricing, as he must inform buyers with an idea of what is to come.
Any other questions?
You can call the sale barn (413) 665-8774 with any questions on a Tuesday or call Ed during the week at home (413) 253-9654. He will return any message. He does not do e-mails.