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7/25/2013 Buyers spend $115,000 at 4-H/FFA livestock sale

45 animals were on the auction block; last year’s sale brought in $96,000

Buyers spent more than $115,000 in friendly but frantic bidding during Sunday’s annual 4-H/FFA livestock sale which wrapped up the 66th annual Custer County Fair.

The 45 beeves, lambs, swine and goats that went on the auction block Sunday brought in a grand total of $115,413.50.

Last year, 40 animals sold for just over $96,000. In 2011, 43 animals sold for $72,425.

County Extension Agent Robin Young said she was pleased with the success of the fair and the sale.

"The success of the fair would not be possible without all the great volunteers including Fair Board, Sale Committee, buyers, leaders, superintendents, parents and of course, all the youth for their hard work throughout the year," said Young. "It was a tremendously successful fair and sale."

The always anticipated Grand Champion animals drew spirited bidding and top dollar.

FFA member Taylor Stanton’s 1,272-pound grand champion steer was sold to Town and Country Auto of Salida for $4.25 a pound, or $5,406 which was the highest price paid for a single animal.

The 1,186-pound reserve grand champion steer, raised by 4-H’er Anastasia Berry, was purchased by Seifert Trucking for $3,854.50, or 3.25 a pound.

In the lamb division, 4-H member Lindsey Gillmore’s 140-pound grand champion lamb was purchased by Sangre de Cristo Electric Co-op for $1,960, or $14 a pound.

And 4-H’er Kyle Rose’s 140-pound reserve grand champion lamb was sold to Kathy McLaughlin for $1,750, or $12.50 a pound.

In the swine auction, Lindsey Gillmore’s 277-pound grand champion hog went to Rancher’s Roost in Westcliffe for $4,293.50, or $15.50 a pound. Kyle Rose’s 272-pound reserve grand champion swine was purchased by Montano Concrete of Pueblo for $3,672, or $13.50 a pound.

And in the goat division, Grace Watkins’ 91-pound grand champion was sold to Trails End Ranch for $1,365, or $15 a pound. Billy Berry’s 76 pound reserve grand champion goat went to Montano Concrete for $1,064, or $14 a pound.

Trails End Ranch at Hillside was the top buyer at the sale, spending just under $12,000 for six animals: one beef, one lamb, two hogs and two goats.

Town and Country Auto was the second big-spender at the sale, purchasing four animals – one beef, two lambs and one hog – for nearly $10,700. And the Texas Creek Ranch here spent more than $9,000 on a beef and a hog.

See additional details of the livestock auction in a graph on page 14 of this week’s Tribune. Results from other divisions and entries in the county fair will also be found in this week’s Trib.