Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Farm auctions…… Like it or not, it needs to be done.

People don’t choose their careers; they are engulfed by them.
                                        John Roderigo Dos Passos


Familiar, is the chatter coming from the boys. Dios and My Hero are talking about the auction that lies down the road. Wondering what they will see or buy.

 Oh how I missed this “driving chatter” after our long winter. It happens to be the first big social event of the year for hardworking farmers. Yes we sometimes call it a social. I guess you would have to be a farmer to understand that one. Everyone coming together to support a farmer and the family who are selling treasures and equipment, gathered over years of farming. This particular auction happened to, not, be an estate auction.


The auction business is a necessary part of every farmers business. Helping farmers who are downsizing before retirement or in some cases, unfortunately, helping the families settle an estate. Like it or not, it has to be done. If you look closely at these auctions, you may just see how that very same farmer supported another farmer. Oh yes this very same farmer had bought and was now selling some of the same equipment or things he bought at another farmers auction long ago. Round and round, that is the business. I like to call it supporting each other when needed. Like it or not, it has to be done.

Most auctioneers I have ever seen in the business know exactly how emotional this time can be for the families. Most auctioneers are very understanding and strive to make it as painless as possible for these families. A great sense of humour provided by the auctioneer and the more graceful he handles the situation during this time, does not go unnoticed by the people (farmers) in the crowd. The auctioneer with the best “stage presence” for lack of a better term will always bring in the buyers. He will also be the one another family will hire to do their auction, when the time comes. Familiarity of the emotions attached to the situation, and knowing that they can make it easier never goes unnoticed.


I do think most of us farmers understand that this is a necessary part of the business. Even in knowing that, you may quickly find out you are not really ready. Myself, I understand that the necessary big farm auction, will happen to us sometime, hopefully long into the distant future, but you never really know. 

If you are lucky you will be able to pick that time. Knowing that our own things here from our farm may help another farmer especially a young farmer just starting out would give me great comfort. Can you imagine if no one showed up to your auction? Imagine that. Oh it would be so much more difficult for the family. I am positive of that. I will always think of it as supporting families in this business that I love. I will never refer to it as “The circling of vultures” something I have heard it referred to before by those who do not understand. Farmers helping farmers. That, I think, is the right way to think.


Listening to the chatter from the boys while driving, I can tell they are going to enjoy this one. There will be a lot of equipment and tools. Apparently “so and so” will be there selling I love his auctions.


I think I heard something about a ladder, that darn My Hero is getting quite the collection. I still have no idea why. But I have heard him say many times, that he does have a plan.


Later

22 comments:

  1. I'm sure he will come home with a ladder or two...lol.

    There doesn't seem to be that many farm auctions out here in BC, but in Alberta the family was always going to and supporting them. I love that everyone does pull together and work towards supporting each other. Farming is something that us non farmers take for granted, assuming that there will always be food available. It's a lot of hard long days...I see it in my sister's farm right now.

    Jen

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  2. We have community auctions all over the place here because nobody moves or settles estates LOL with a pop. of 1700 for the WHOLE county, it seems like we all live far enough away from each other so our stuff we "exchange" seems new LOL

    Meanwhile, I am grateful of your writing, friend. Farm Auctions, along with other rural traditions, need to be documented for history and its human ties; how else will the next generation learn? xoxo

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  3. For sure some auctions are social events, people who've known each other for years catching up with the latest gossip. Vultures? Well, maybe some of the attendees are but certainly not most. Auctions im many cases are are great way to recycle as well as help others.

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  4. glad the season has begun anew.

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  5. We like auctions. We had one ourselves in 1995, it was great to purge...and my friends and neighbors got some bargains:)

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  6. Community expressed solidarity. Whats not to love? Though ladders is an interesting expression. I wonder what your hero has planned, and how many are needed?

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  7. I've lived in the country but not on a farm, for 38 years and have never been to an auction. There aren't many around our area. In fact, I don't recall any in years. It is an emotional time for those involved I'm sure. Pam

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  8. Farm estate auctions can be bittersweet. Farmers are so connected to the earth and the farm that wether you're a seller or buyer, there's always a sense of community amongst farmers and you're right about farmers helping other farmers.
    Hope your hero brings home a ladder. They come in handy when one has to go up.
    Hugs,
    JB

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  9. When I read your title it made me smile because I I felt like your heart was a bit happier today.
    I would love to go to one of these farm auctions- probably couldn't buy, but I would love to browse.
    I think your fella is going to build a stairway to heaven with those ladders.

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  10. Miss B,
    Farm Auctions in South Dakota and Nebraska have the same tone that you talked about in this post. Yes, a social gathering, but more important I think you are right supporting family, neighbors and friends. I will never forget all the hard work Mom put into Grandpa's Farm Auction. It was a very emotional event and the auction service did a great job with all aspects of the sale.

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  11. I have seen some wonderful Ideas for old ladders...my favorite is to use them as a towel bar.
    http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/photos/0,,20308889_20683666,00.html

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  12. Oh and I posted my previous comment before I added...I have always felt it is support to attend farm auctions...a social time of friends meeting and all the memories and stories that surround that particular farm. Sort of a feast of local lore so to speak.

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  13. my dh it's tape measures!!! He always has a use for those too.

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  14. We have a farming and estate auction here every Monday in our village in the old big auction house that has been running for over 50 years We do have flyers put up in our local village variety store /gas station for farm auctions as it is a large farming community here with the Amish and other farmers here in southwestern Ontario . I love auctions and I being of a former farmer know exactly what you mean when you say going to a social lol . Lovely post and photos .Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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  15. You know I understand farm auctions - auctions in general! Working, staging, boxing, clerking and even selling - I've done all the jobs...I LOVE it! Truly an event - helping each other - those are great words to describe a "farm" auction! I am hungry for one over here!

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  16. I love how your brain works! Love that you don't just take things at face value and that you look behind at what might be happening in the background too. Just how many ladders does your hero have now?!

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  17. I've been to a few farm auctions and often come away wishing I was a part of that community (and not just a city woman touring around, observing).

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  18. I do so enjoy your stories of farm life and all that it entails. I know there is a lot of hard work involved but it so different to dull old suburbia.
    When I read your posts I often wish mum and dad hadn't had to leave the farm when I was 6 because of mum's illness. I love the country and am sure I would have been quite a good farmer's wife.

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  19. Excellent reflections. I can only imagine how emotional it must be for the farmers.

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  20. I know how you enjoy the personal part of the auction, visiting, sharing stories and touching people's lives.

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  21. B,

    I love reading your posts on going to auctions and looking at the pictures. Your Hero and Dios are like two kids in a candy store when it comes to those auctions.
    Hugs,
    Sandy

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  22. I seem to have missed some posts of yours lately. Your blog finally showed up on my blog list I like following. Great post once again with lovely images!

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