Fox Bi-Monthly Hay Auctions
HAY AUCTIONS ARE STILL BEING HELD LIVE AND AT OUR YARD!
Please Read and Follow the guidelines below when attending our upcoming Hay Auction.
UPDATE TO DEPT OF AG AUCTION GUIDELINES as of March 3rd, 2020
SECTION EIGHT. Effective at 5:00 p.m. on April 3, 2020 and until 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2020, all auctions with more than 10 people present in person are hereby prohibited at all locations and venues, except for livestock auctions that only include food animals, which may continue to operate so long as there are no more than 25 people present in person. People who remain inside parked cars, trucks, or other enclosed motor vehicles shall not be counted in considering the number of people present, provided all people remain inside the vehicle at all times, and the vehicle remains enclosed with all windows, sunroofs, and convertible tops closed.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR OUR BUYERS?
We understand your livestock needs to eat. We will do everything we can to allow buyers to purchase hay while keeping everyone safe and follow the guidelines set forth by the Dept of Public Health and Department of Agriculture. We are anticipating a large supply of quality hay and ask buyers to stay in their vehicles until we are selling the lot of hay you are interested in. We are hoping to implement "bidding from your car" and will offer phone bids as well as order buying. Please call Frank for more information or to place your orders!
Guidance for Livestock Auction Markets During COVID-19 Issued March 23, 2020
COVID-19 is currently circulating in Iowa communities. All Iowa businesses have a responsibility to take measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It is critical that livestock auction markets institute immediate changes to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among their staff, sellers, and buyers. The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) strongly recommend that all livestock markets adhere to the following guidance.
Critically evaluate each auction to determine whether it needs to be held. If an auction can be postponed, please do so. If you decide to hold an auction, take the following protective measures:
• Use technology to host virtual sales. If you lack the ability to host virtual sales, limit the number of buyers present in the sales ring to ensure that buyers maintain at least a 6-foot separation between themselves at all times.
• Participants should be restricted to actual buyers that have a buyer number. − Only buyers with a buyer number should be allowed in the sales ring. − If someone has a buyer number and does not give indication they are intending to buy, they should be asked to leave. − No spectators (including family members and farm help) should be allowed at the auction market.
• Sellers should unload livestock and immediately leave. Sellers should not be allowed to enter the auction building past the unload area.
• Offer sellers flexibility to pick up their checks (if they cannot wait for the mail) including delivery or picking up their checks from their vehicle while waiting in the parking lot.
• Screen all persons entering the auction market grounds (including all staff, sellers, and buyers) by asking if they have a fever or respiratory illness. If anyone indicates that they have been ill or is visibly showing signs of illness (i.e., coughing and sneezing), deny their entry.
• Close all parts of the auction market that are not directly associated with the sale to prevent people from co-mingling. This includes common seating areas and cafes.
• Post signage at the auction market instructing all staff, sellers, and buyers to practice social distancing, cover coughs and sneezes, and wash hands or use hand sanitizer often.
• Update your website with detailed instructions for sellers and buyers so they understand the expectations prior to your sale.
• Clean and disinfect any commonly used areas frequently, including restrooms.
• Restock restrooms with handwashing supplies frequently, including soap and paper towels.
• Biosecurity at all times is critical to protecting the health of the animals and the people who come in contact with them.
All Iowans have a responsibility to mitigate the impact of this public health crisis. If your auction market cannot abide by these measures, please cancel your sales.
Hay Auctions are held at our auction yard located at 5000 11th Street S.E. which is 1/2 mile south of the main entrance to North Iowa Area Community College on the east edge of Mason City, Iowa.
We hold auctions twice a month. In the winter we hold them on the first and third Sunday's at 2 pm and in the summer hay auctions are held on the first and third Monday's at 6 pm.
We get all types of hay in and have loading and unloading equipment for large bales. We are currently on our WINTER schedule and will switch to the Summer schedule in October!
Now on Summer Hours of 1st and 3rd Monday Evenings @ 6:00 pm!
- Loader on-site for on and offloading
- Alfalfa and Grass Hay in large and small bales
5000 11th St. S.E. Mason City, Iowa
(1/2 mile south of NIACC main entrance)