Every year at the County Fair livestock sale, 4-H and FFA kids proudly watch as steers, goats, swine and sheep are auctioned off and sold. Though it is hard for many of them to let go of the animals they’ve raised, the money earned allows them to save up for college and next year’s fair.
While Deb Fischer of the Livestock Sale Committee says final numbers won’t be released for several days, here are figures for the respective grand champions and reserve grand champions.
The 1,240 pound beef grand champion belonged to Ed Berry and sold to Town and Country Auto Sales in Salida for $5 per pound, adding up to $6,200.
The 1,392 pound beef reserve winner belonged to Conner Rowley and sold to local restaurant Rancher’s Roost at $3.75 per pound, totaling $5,220.
The 276-pound swine grand champion belonged to Lindsey Gillmore and sold to Tanner Camper’s Dynamic Ag Solutions for $14 per pound, adding up to $3,864.
The 259 pound swine reserve winner belonged to Kyle Rose and sold to Trails End Ranch at $9.50 per pound, totaling $2,460.50.
The 137 pound sheep grand champion belonged to Lindsey Gillmore and sold to Faricy Ford and Jack and Connie Thompson at $21 per pound, adding up to $2,877.
The 147 pound sheep reserve winner belonged to Grace Watkins and sold to the Sangre De Cristo Electric Assn. and Don and Linda Kaufmann for $16 per pound, totaling $2,352.
The 66 pound goat grand champion belonged to Anastasia Berry and sold to Samuelson Ranch at $20 per pound, adding up to $1,320.
The 80 pound goat reserve winner belonged to Grace Watkins and sold to Trails End Ranch for $15 per pound, totaling $1,200.
The rabbits grand champion belonged to Katelyn Roberson and sold to Sante Fe Trail Rabbit Company from Ulysses, Kansas for $3,300.
The rabbits reserve winner belonged to Dillon Wommack and sold to the Sante Fe Trail Rabbit Company for $800.
– J.E. Ward