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It was a sight to see Saturday at the Vicini Livestock Pavilions in the El Dorado County Fairgrounds as the 2010 Junior Livestock Auction captured the attention of fairgoers with an electrically entertaining all-day event.
Honorary Lifetime Auctioneer Doug Milton, alongside auctioneers Jimmy Clark and Seth Seever, kept spectators on constant awareness as the youth of El Dorado County presented and opened their animals up for bidding.
The junior auction, held each year during the El Dorado County Fair, serves as the stage for youngsters and teens who have worked diligently for months to show off their fine animals to a more than appreciative crowd of county residents.
Earlier in the week, 4-H, Future Farmers of America and other youngsters submitted their animals into the judging competition to decide Supreme Champion, Reserve Supreme Champion, Champion and Reserve Champion steers, hogs, goats, chickens and rabbits. Based upon conformation judging and showmanship, the youngsters would find themselves ranked overall in competition, with the chance to present one animal at auction.
Hands down, this yearÕs auction will always belong to Emily Piland from Rescue, whose 1,277 pound Supreme Champion Market Steer went for $6.50 per pound Ñ a total price of $8,300. The steer was won on a four-way split bid between Charles A. Martin & Associates, Dan and Carylon Tindell, Federated Insurance and Hunt & Sons.
For most all of these minors, the process of raising animals for auction is truly a labor of love Ñ an undertaking that teaches essential life skills that will become useful to them on their roads through life.
If you were to speak with Southside Topnotch 4Hers Isaac Heape and Robbin Stewart, you could see the excitement and joy they have for raising animals, such as their market hogs this year.
Isaac, 9, had his two hogs named Babe and Big Blue at the competition, and submitted Big Blue for auction. When asked about the responsibilities of raising hogs, Isaac didnÕt hesitate to list what needed to be done, and went about it with a smile.
ÒYou have to feed them, clean their pen, wash them, give them water, and give them love and care every day,Ó Heape said.
It looks like young Isaac did a great job this year, as 256 pound Big Blue went for $3.50 per pound and brought in $896 at auction.
Robbin, 17, has been in the junior auction for four years now, and with her two hogs Bow Tie Bubba and Shakira, Robbin displayed a knowledge of the entire journey to auction that made her undoubtedly an expert on the subject.
ÒI love animals, and I love getting new members to join up and do this every year,Ó Robbin said. ÒI was a pretty shy kid when I was younger, and I wanted to get out there and start doing things. A friend of mine said ÔHey, you should do it,Õ and I went out and I had so much fun doing it, I always want to do this.Ó
Over at the Shingle Springs and Latrobe 4-H lots, Doug Bricker, Garrett Kay and Hunter Gold were awaiting auction for their animals, checking out Ian GilzeanÕs Mangalista ÒWooleyÓ Pig nicknamed Pete.
Doug submitted two hogs for competition, but decided that Porkers, a 286 pound market hog, would be best for auction.
ÒIÕm hoping to sell for $4.75 per pound,Ó Doug said. ÒIt would be great to be anywhere above that, but if I can sell for $4.75 then thatÕs just perfect. If not, thatÕs all right.Ó
During auction, things kept getting louder and louder. Cheers for Rich and Jim Morgan of FrankÕs Body ShopÕs winning bid to capture the Champion Grange Steer were matched later on in the day with unbelievable support for bidding wars between A.P. Esteve Sales Inc., Carter-Kelly Inc., Joe Vicini Inc. and Syblon-Reid over Ponderosa FFAer Billy AndersonÕs single fryer. In the end a four- way split was called and Billy had just raised a fryer that would earn $2,000.
Courtney Lund from Placerville earned Reserve Supreme Champion with her 1,182 pound steer, exiting auction at $3 per pound for a total of $3,546. El Dorado Grange competitor Trevor MorganÕs 1,300 pound steer went for $2.70 per pound, garnering $3,510 as well as the coveted Champion Grange Steer trophy while Jarrett Darrah, Kaleen Armstrong and Clayton Meyer each came away with the award for Reserve Champion 4-H Steer, Reserve Champion FFA Steer and Reserve Champion Grange Steer, respectively.
In the hog wars it was Derek Stirling of El Dorado who came out on top, earning $1,345 for his Supreme Champion market hog. Olivia Strauss of Cameron Park set the goat competition aflame, selling her Supreme Champion market goat for a whopping $13 per pound, an incredible feat at auction.
Tara SchnetzÕ Supreme Champion market lamb came in at $6 per pound purchased by Cynthia Rouse.
In other results, Kenneth Burnside won Grand Champion Pen of Chickens and sold his two-chicken pen for $300 while Danielle AliceaÕs Champion Single Fryer went for $600 and Katherin PorterÕs Champion Turkey went for $450.
Benjamin Hicks exited with $200 for his Champion Pen of Rabbits while Sara ArsenaultÕs Reserve Supreme Champion Market Hog sold for $924.
Nichole Haynes finished with $425 for her Reserve Supreme Champion Market Goat, Rachel BacchiÕs Reserve Supreme Champion Market Lamb went for $1,463 while David KraftÕs Reserve Champion Market FFA Hog sold for $1041.
Courtney StanwoodÕs Champion 4-H White Face Lamb went for $745, Anna HickÕs Reserve Champion 4-H White Face Lamb sold for $851 and Brianna HlavayÕs Champion FFA White Face Lamb sold for $655.
Emily HoelÕs Reserve Champion 4-H Market Lamb was sold at $552 while Devan MartinÕs Reserve Champion FFA Market Lamb went for $745 to round out the totals sold on awarded champions and reserve champions.