53rd annual meat animal sale a success

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County’s 4-H Youth Development Program held the 53rd annual 4-H Meat Animal Sale on July 28 during the Chautauqua County Fair.

Local businesses and 4-H supporters were out in full force. A total of 161 animals were sold at this annual event with 10 animals donated back from buyers. The profits of the re-selling of the animals go to a charity of the buyer’s choice. Youth can also choose to donate a portion of their sales to a charity of their choice. This year over $6,100 in donations were raised and went to the Jeremy Catanese Family, the 4-H Sheep and Goat Projects, and the 4-H Endowment.

The grand champion steer, raised by Corinne Covert, was purchased by Decker Oil and Sunrise Melody Farm for $2.60/lb. The reserve champion steer raised by Jesse Kwilos was bought by Steven’s Brothers for $1.70. Alyssa Crandall had the high-selling steer of the day. Jamestown Macadam Inc. purchased her animal for $3.10/lb. A total of 29 steers sold for an average of $1.94/lb.

Onnalee Strong’s grand champion market goat was bought by HLW Acres for $3.35/lb. and Steven Overend’s reserve champion animal was sold for $3.10/lb. to Reed Farms. David Root had the top selling market goat purchased by Steven’s Brothers for $3.55/lb. Nine goats sold on average for $3.16/lb.

Rachael Harper was awarded both grand and reserve market chicken. The grand champion pair of birds weighing in at 19.5 lbs. sold for $275. The reserve champion birds were bought for $175 by Cassadaga Farm Supply. Jacob Purol raised the highest selling birds of the day purchased for $440 by George Borrello. Thirteen pairs of birds sold on average for $243 a pair.

Decker Oil purchased the grand champion steer raised by Corinne Covert.

The grand champion lamb was raised by Rachael Harper and was purchased by Chautauqua Patron’s Insurance Company for $4.50/lb. Bryanna Warner’s reserve champion lamb was bought by Nazareth Hill Farm for $5.00 per pound. Alex Brown and Wyatt Harrington tied for the highest selling lamb and both received $6.50 per pound. Alex’s lamb was purchased by Kettlebrook Farm and Wyatt’s lamb was purchased by DJ Harrington Excavating. The average lamb sold for $4.21. Thirty seven lambs were auctioned at the sale.

Local auctioneers volunteer their time and without them, the 4-H Meat Animal Sale wouldn’t be possible. This year Andy Campbell, Dale Eckman, Lon Kent, Mike Peterson, Dakota Peterson, Ron Reed, and Heath Reed volunteered their auctioneer talent for the sale. Tom Fain and Corey Schauman helped in the ring for the duration of the sale. Abbie Gzregorzewski, Little Creek Photography, donated her time and photographed every youth with their buyer.

The 4-H Meat Animal Sale Committee would like to wholeheartedly thank the community for their support of 4-H. Raising market animals teaches youth responsibility, financial and time management skills, recordkeeping, and knowledge of the food system industry.

Rachael Harper raised both the grand and reserve market chickens. The grand champion pair was purchased by HLW Acres.

Rachael Harper raised both the grand and reserve market chickens. The grand champion pair was purchased by HLW Acres.

Decker Oil purchased Corrine Covert’s grand champion market hog.