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About Oklahoma Livestock Marketing Association

From McCurtain County to Cimarron County,...from Ottawa County to Harmon County...Oklahoma's livestock auctions are serving thousands of the state's cattlemen and women every day.

Livestock auctions play a vital role in all livestock industries, especially the cattle industry. Livestock auctions provide true price discovery through open competitive bidding on every class and type of livestock.

Market is made at the livestock auctions; all other forms of marketing are based on the live market price.

Livestock auctions provide financial responsibility by immediate payment with a bonded custodial account check allowing sellers to be worry free as they walk away from the auction.

Livestock auctions facilitate a maze of technicalities that come from a variety of rules and regulations surrounding the marketing, handling, receiving and delivery of livestock. Oklahoma auction markets provide a vital link in improving the health of livestock for the producer.

Oklahoma livestock markets collect and distribute fees to groups including the Oklahoma Beef Council and veterinarians. Approximately 95% of Oklahoma Beef check-off dollars sent to the OBC on non-fed cattle come from Oklahoma auctions.

Oklahoma livestock auctions promote community vitality by providing jobs, stimulating sales and participating in giving back to the community.

A healthy livestock auction industry is vital to animal agriculture, independent producers and the local community. Investment cost and expense of operating a livestock auction continues to rise, labor, insurance, "hot check" cost, complying with various government regulations, etc. affect teh bottom line of these businesses and affect the commissions and fees they must charge to provide the services that cattle producers demand.

When you look at the whole picture, the commission you pay is an investment rather than an expense. It is an investment you make to guarantee a free and open market-place. It is an investment you make to have true price discovery. It is an investment in your future as an independent business operator in the cattle business.

The thousands of producers who marketed approximately 3,000,000 head of livestock at Oklahoma auctions last year know what the owners of fine horses, real estate, and fine art know - the best way to get the best price is through the auction method of selling.