Getting down to business

4-H'ers bring their livestock to auction at the fairgrounds

Comfort Air bought the Reserve Grand Champion Bred and Fed swine from Madison Sitton.


More than 100 sales closed Saturday at the lively annual County Fair livestock auction. One of the biggest draws of the fair, it is also the culmination of months of hard work for young 4-H producers.

Madison Sitton, an incoming fifth-grader, was preparing her pig, Rosie, for the crowd a few hours before she went on. Sitton raised Rosie from about 7 months old, and she said it was a little hard to see her go.

"I am a little sad because she really likes it when I rub her belly," she said.

Rosie won the locally bred and fed Reserve Grand Champion award and entered the ring dressed in a pink tutu for her big moment in front of the buyers. She sold for $2,800, matching the auction price of the Grand Champion pig.

The 4-H'ers in the winners circle for market beef were entertaining questions shortly before the sale.

The three steers that brought home top honors were a colorful group of black, red and white and a represented several different breeds.

Dylan Long earned Grand Champion for his black Angus cross. This was the first year the 15-year-old from Lewis showed a steer that he bred himself and the first time he made it into the top three overall for market beef.

"It's not really hard, it's more fun," he said.

Long didn't have any set expectations for the auction, and he said he was happy after his steer sold for $7,500. Steers, in general, bring the highest bids.

"It was great, I can't complain," Long said.

A first-time market beef competitor, Kendall Colcord, 13, won the Reserve Grand Champion for her red Maine-Angou. She said she walked him twice a day for two hours to help him gain weight and took him to other shows so he would be ready. But she said she didn't expect to place so high.

"I was expecting to be high, but not this high," she said.

An experienced competitor, Whitney Finley, 17, won Reserve Grand Champion for in the locally bred and fed category for her white Gelbvieh Angus. Last year, she won grand champion in market beef and this year she showed five cows total and won Grand Champion for her heifer.

She said she takes satisfaction and pride in going through every step of the process including picking the mating pairs.

"I raised them from little babes," she said.

An incoming high school senior, she said plans to attend college in Lamar and major in equine dentistry. She also plans to continue raising cattle.

The fair board worked to extend the appeal of the fair this year beyond 4-H. A greater diversity of events, including a small water park and western performers helped bring in more people, said Tom Hooten the director of the county extension office. Official attendance numbers were not available as of press time.

"By and large, I've heard many positive comments," he said.

Main Street Co-op bought the Grand Champion poultry from Cutter Higgins.- Enlargephoto

Main Street Co-op bought the Grand Champion poultry from Cutter Higgins.-

Big O Tires bought the Grand Champion beef from Dylan Long. Enlargephoto

Big O Tires bought the Grand Champion beef from Dylan Long.

Four Corners Materials bought the Grand Champion rabbits from Alyssa Busing. Enlargephoto

Four Corners Materials bought the Grand Champion rabbits from Alyssa Busing.

Keesee Motors bought the Grand Champion sheep from Kyle Cox. Enlargephoto

Keesee Motors bought the Grand Champion sheep from Kyle Cox.

Ertel Funeral Home bought the Grand Champion swine from Chance Lambert. Enlargephoto

Ertel Funeral Home bought the Grand Champion swine from Chance Lambert.

Southwest Memorial Hospital bought the Grand Champion Bred and Fed swine from Kaeleen Boggs. Enlargephoto

Southwest Memorial Hospital bought the Grand Champion Bred and Fed swine from Kaeleen Boggs.

Four Corners Community Bank bought the Grand Champion Bred and Fed goat from Cassidy Leonard. Enlargephoto

Four Corners Community Bank bought the Grand Champion Bred and Fed goat from Cassidy Leonard.

Southwest Ag bought the Grand Champion goat from Keandra Elliott. Enlargephoto

Southwest Ag bought the Grand Champion goat from Keandra Elliott.

Cortez Orthodontists bought the Reserve Grand Champion beef from Kendall Colcord. Enlargephoto

Cortez Orthodontists bought the Reserve Grand Champion beef from Kendall Colcord.

First National Bank bought the Reserve Grand Champion Bred and Fed beef from Whitney Finley. Enlargephoto

First National Bank bought the Reserve Grand Champion Bred and Fed beef from Whitney Finley.

Four Corners Community Bank bought the Reserve Grand Champion poultry from Mikayla Johnson. Enlargephoto

Four Corners Community Bank bought the Reserve Grand Champion poultry from Mikayla Johnson.

First Southwest Bank bought the Reserve Grand Champion swine from Madison Lambert. Enlargephoto

First Southwest Bank bought the Reserve Grand Champion swine from Madison Lambert.

First National Bank bought the Reserve Grand Champion goat from Cayce Lockhart. Enlargephoto

First National Bank bought the Reserve Grand Champion goat from Cayce Lockhart.

D&D Sales bought the Reserve Grand Champion Bred and Fed goat from Cassidy Leonard. Enlargephoto

D&D Sales bought the Reserve Grand Champion Bred and Fed goat from Cassidy Leonard.

Skanska bought Reserve Grand Champion rabbits from Sophia Marion. Enlargephoto

Skanska bought Reserve Grand Champion rabbits from Sophia Marion.

Southwest Memorial Hospital bought the Reserve Grand Champion sheep from Tierney Wilson. Enlargephoto

Southwest Memorial Hospital bought the Reserve Grand Champion sheep from Tierney Wilson.