Harrison County auction house goes on the block
Milltown Auction held its last livestock auction on April 14. The auction is now itself being auctioned off through an online auction. Photos courtesy of Beckort Auctions.
The second Monday of every month, beginning in April 1990, was the day of a feeder calf auction at the Milltown Auction. On the second Monday of April 2014, that tradition ended.
Each month for 24 years, a co-op of the auction’s more than 100 farmer-owners volunteered to collect and sort calves, run them through the action ring and load them up after the sale. The only paid personnel were the auctioneer and the office staff.
“In 1990, we handled well over 2,000 head of feeder cattle yearly. Last year, we only had 886 head,” said Robert Harmon, one of the members of the ownership co-op. “Many of the farmers have aged and gotten out of the cattle business over the years.”
Years ago, Indiana Farm Bureau agreed to help with the sale of the auction, should it ever go out of business. The Milltown Auction will be sold in an online-only auction on June 17, with bidding ending at 7 p.m. EDT.
“It’s ironic and is a sign of the times. We're selling a business that, for years, its income was generated via the live auction process, but we're using modern technology and selling it through an internet-only auction process,” said Brian D. Beckort, owner of Beckort Auctions.
Visit beckortauctions.com for more information about Milltown Auction and its sale.