The Vermont Beef Producers Association (VBPA) is a service based non-profit organization that strives to be the foundation of a profitable and sustainable beef industry in Vermont. Founded in 1981, the association works to advance members’ economic and legislative interests. The farmers and cattle producers of the Vermont Beef Producers Association serve as stewards of the livestock, land, and environment entrusted to them. The VBPA is a network of passionate people working together to produce high quality beef.
VBPA CATTLE SALE
Vintage Sales Stables, Inc.
Consignments accepted through midnight on the cutoff date shown below.
Pickup the Wednesday before the sale date.
Consign right now by CLICKING HERE
VBPA is now holding MONTHLY SALES. Accepting beef calves, feeders, cow-calf pairs, cows and finished cattle. Here are some upcoming sale dates and cutoffs:
December Sale Cutoff Nov 30 – Sale Date December 14
VBPA is providing an eastern VT collection point in White River Junction at 340 North Hartland Road, at the old Howard Johnson’s Complex Parking Lot (100 feet from the intersection of 89 and 91) and a western VT collection point at the Champlain Valley Fairgrounds in Essex Junction. We also have new central collection point in Vergennes at the pull-off on Route 7 just a little South of where Route 7 meets 22A in Vergennes.
Vergennes pickup is 8am
CVE pickup is 10am
WRJ pickup is Noon
If it makes sense to pickup cattle at different locations based on consignments, we’ll do so and notify consignors in advance. The collection points are where you transfer from your trailer to the sale trailer.
Consignors will be emailed waybill forms between the date consignments are closed and the date of pickup that must accompany your cattle on the shipment. Be sure to provide an email address and phone number in your consignment so we can reach you!
Your cattle must be marked with large easy to read FARM TAGS so they can be identified by sale staff prior to the sale. The FARM TAG must be unique enough that we can identify your cattle. If animals are unidentifiable, VBPA and the sale barn assume no responsibility.
Note that METAL EAR TAGS are also REQUIRED by VT law for positive identification of VT cattle leaving a farm in Vermont. Consignors from other states should check on their own local requirements. VT metal tags are ONLY required for animals living in Vermont. The Vermont Agency of Agriculture provides free of charge NUES tags (metal ear tags) and applicators for officially identifying cattle. These tags may be obtained by contacting Darryl Kuehne at (802) 793-5348 (Southern VT), James Cameron at (802) 279-4962 (Northwest VT), Zachary Bartlett at (802) 371-9949 (Northeast VT), your local veterinarian, or your State Department of Agriculture.
Cattle will be weighed prior to entering the Sale Ring and be auctioned off to the highest bidder. If the cattle are pre-conditioned (i.e. vaccinated, de-wormed, weaned, etc.) the details should be on your waybill with supporting documentation for your claims. There are no specific requirements for vaccinations, so check with your vet for appropriate protocols for your animals. The buyers will always pay a premium for pre-conditioned cattle, but the specifics are up to you! This information will be used by the auctioneer at the sale. It would be in your best interest to have pre-conditioning management protocols in place.
The VBPA consignment fee is $10 per head for VBPA members and $15 per head for non-members. This is to pay for advertising and marketing and VBPA expenses to put on the sale.
At the sale barn, per head fees will be deducted from your proceeds for commission and trucking. A check will be mailed to each consignor directly by the sale barn following the sale. Be sure you have accurate and legible contact information in your consignment and waybills.
Budget Worksheet for Feeder Sale – 10 head weighing 500 pounds – all figures approximate
VBPA member consignment – $10 per head ($100 for the group)
Sale Barn fees (hay/water) – $5 per head ($50 for the group)
Sale Barn Commission – $13 per head ($130 for the group)
Beef Checkoff – $1 per head ($10 for the group)
Shipping (presuming 75 head at $4 per loaded mile) – $22 per head ($220 for the group)
Sell price $1.60/lb
Gross Income – $8,000
Total expense – $510
APPROXIMATE NET INCOME on 10 head weighing 500 pounds – $7,490
For more information, contact VBPA at 844-321-2333
For current cattle prices, click on these links:
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