Annual Quality Replacement Heifer Sale

The Florida Cattlemen's Association holds an "Annual Quality Replacement Heifer Sale". Following are the general guidelines subject to approval and additional revisions by the Florida Cattlemen's Association Marketing Committee. The committee is now accepting consignors, if you or someone you know is interested in consigning heifers to the sale please contact the FCA office.


Doug Paul, DP Sales Service
(800) 864-6015
(405) 840-3951 (fax)

Sale Date

October 1 at 1:00pm

Sale Location

Hardee Livestock Market, Wauchula
(941) 773-9747
(941) 773-9560

Minimum Requirements for Sale

  • All consignors must be a member in good standing with the Florida Cattlemen's Association
  • Minimum lot consignment size: three head, uniform lots by breed type, age, color, and pregnancy status. Lots will be sorted by sale manager.
  • Minimum Weight: Up to 12 months, 500 pounds
  • Suggested Minimum Weight: 12 to 24 months, 650 pounds / 24 to 36 months, 800 pounds
  • Maximum Age: 36 months
  • All cattle must be weaned prior to sale.

Class Requirements

  • Weanlings - weaned 30 days prior to sale
  • Open yearlings - have never been exposed to bull
  • Bred yearlings
  • Bred 2 year olds

Ear Tag Classifications

All animals must have appropriate colored ear tags in left ear prior to sale. Official tags will be provided.

  • Open animals - White ear tag
  • Light bred - Orange ear tag. (Due Jan. 1 - March 1)
  • Heavy bred - Blue ear tag. (Due Oct. 1 - Dec. 31)

Health Requirements

Veterinarian Certified

The following conditions are required to be certified by the consignor's veterinarian on farm. (Consignors may have these veterinary services at the market, but prior to the sale -prior arrangements required and there will be a reasonable charge for that service.)

  • Pregnancy Status
    • Open
    • Light Bred - (Due Jan. 1 - March 1)
    • Heavy Bred - (Due Oct. 1 - Dec. 31)
  • Brucellosis: Cattle from certified free herds are exempt from test requirements. Cattle from non-certified herds under 24 months of age must be official calfhood vaccinated. Over 24 months of age from non-certified herds must be bled within 30 days prior to sale.
  • An official Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (health certificate) must accompany animals to sale.

Owner Certified, Quality Assurance (owner certified)

  • Lepto5, Vibrio*
  • IBR, BVD, Pl-3, BRSV*
  • 8-way Clostridial*
  • Pasteurella Haemolytica*
  • Parasite Control (internal and external)

* Weanlings must have I vaccination. (Recommended: second vaccination no more than 90 days prior to sale and not less than 30 days prior to sale.) Open/bred yearlings and 2-year olds must have I booster.


All cattle will be pre-screened, tentatively the last two weeks of August, at the farm by a designated screener. After arriving at the market, but prior to the sale, all heifers will be screened for the following:

  • Temperament
  • Obvious physical defect
  • Minimum weights
  • Females that have previously calved
  • Recommend polled, dehorned (and healed), or tipped

The screening committee retains the right to reject any animal or group of animals at their sole discretion, and that their decisions will be final.

Sale Day

  • Health certificate must accompany the trailer.
  • Cattle should arrive at sale barn Sunday between 1:00-9:00pm, or Monday no later than 10:00am.
  • Sale order is at the discretion of the sale committee.

Conditions of Sale

  • $1.00 Per head will be deducted for Beef Checkoff.
  • 7% Sale fee
  • The Arcadia State Livestock Market will not be responsible for injury or death related to the handling and processing of the heifers at the chute.
  • Cattle will be sold on a per head basis.
  • Terms of sale are cash or pre-approved check. Settlement will be made the day of the sale.
  • The auctioneer has complete charge of the sale, and in case of a dispute in bidding, his decision will be final.
  • Each animal is the property and responsibility of the consignor until sold and becomes the risk of the purchaser as soon as sold.
  • Announcements made from the auction block take precedence over any printed matter.
  • Anyone attending the sale attends at his own risk, and the seller, sale manager or sale personnel will not be responsible for injury, illness or death.
  • The above terms and conditions of sale shall constitute a contract between the buyer and seller of each animal and shall be equally binding upon both. Animals resold following purchase in this sale shall constitute a separate transaction, and the rights and obligations of the two parties connected thereto are not covered by the terms and conditions of this sale. Neither the owner, sale manager or any other person connected with the management of the sale assumes any liability, legal or otherwise.
  • Except for those stated in the above terms and conditions, there are not warranties, either express or implied, as to the merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose of the animals being sold in this sale. The warranties are made directly by the consignors to buyers and the sponsors do not make any warranty, nor do they provide any guarantee. Buyer's sole and exclusive remedy, in the event of a breach of warranty, is against the consignor. The warranties and guarantees set forth is the "Terms and Conditions" are in lieu of all other warranties, either expressed or implied, and the remedies provided therein shall be the sole and exclusive remedy for the buyer, or any party claiming through buyer, for any breach of warranty or guarantee therein provided, and all other obligation or liabilities.
  • All cattle are owned by the undersigned (consignor) and are free of all liens, mortgages, and encumbrances and with clear title.
  • Each consignor has the right to place a minimum accepted bid with the auctioneer prior to sale. In the event the animals do not bring the minimum accepted bid, animals will be charged back to consignor's registered buyer number. All sale fees will stand firm.

The ECA Marketing Committee would like to thank the consignors, buyers, and sponsors of the 1998 Replacement Heifer Sale. The sale was a tremendous success. Without your support we would not have been able to meet our goal of providing high quality replacement heifers to cattle producers. We look forward to working with you and others on the 1999 Replacement Heifer Sale.

If you are interested in consigning heifers to the sale, please take a moment and fill out the 1998 consignment form and return to the FCA office. You will be sent a confirmation letter with additional information.

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