Butcher Block Purchases

Asked April 8, 2020, 11:33 AM EDT

Does 4H offer a program where you "pre-purchase" pork or beef which helps fund a kid's animal & then you get your butcher cuts at the end of their program?

Clackamas County Oregon

1 Response


We don't have a program like that, but it's an interesting idea.

Many of our members sell an animal through the Clackamas County Junior Livestock Auction. They can sell one animal at the end of the fair. The auction buyer can choose to take the live animal, or the processed cuts, or sell the meat back to processor and only pay the difference. The animals sell for more than the standard market price. More information is available at https://ccjla.wordpress.com/

Many 4-H members raise a second market animal, and some of them might be interested in a direct sale. Others come from families with farms that offer direct to consumer sales of meat. Due to privacy concerns and program limitations, we are not allowed to connect buyers directly to our 4-H members. Your best options would be to post on social media, put up a note at a feed store, or go to a future fair and ask around.

I am guessing that part of your reason for asking is that you'd like to support a 4-Her with the costs of raising an animal. There is nothing to stop you from doing this on a personal level, but the 4-H organization would not be able to partner in the business arrangement. If you set up a contract with a 4-H member, you would want to discuss issues such as what would happen if the animal got sick, was injured, or died before processing. Because you are basically offering a loan.

Another way to support 4-H members is to donate to our Clackamas County 4-H Association. You can earmark a donation to go to awards, education, or a particular project area.