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ANNA MARIE REPETTO, 13, of Pleasant Grove leads her Supreme Champion Steer, Wilson, a one-year-old Angus, into the livestock showing area at the El Dorado County Fairgrounds on June 16. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene

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Going, going, gone

By From page A1 | June 20, 2012

It was a lively Saturday afternoon as 4-H and FFA youths offered their animals for sale at the Junior Livestock Auction.

As the auctioneers chattered away at lightening speed, youths showed off their animals to an enthusiastic audience of buyers.

In total, buyers spent $236,743 to purchase 18 steers, 118 hogs, 48 lambs, 20 goats, 16 rabbits and 11 poultry, which included chickens and turkeys. The average sale price for steers was $2.92 per pound; for hogs $3.66 a pound; for lambs $4.40 per pound; for goats $4.80 per pound; for rabbits $318 a pen; and for poultry $481 a pen.

While youths waited for their number to be called, they groomed and fed their animals and talked among themselves about the prices being bid for animals.

Tara, 16, and her brother Zachary Schnetz, 12, of Georgetown, were two of the 4-H youths who had livestock for sale. Tara was selling her sheep Rossie and her brother was selling a lamb. “I could get $200 for her on the market but I get more for her here,” said Tara.

Elyse Douglas, 15, of Shingle Springs, was there with her steer named Norman. “It’s hardest when you load them into the truck on Sunday. I become attached to my animals but some people don’t. There is a lot of care involved in raising these animals. I have to feed them twice a day. And when it gets close to the fair, I have to wash and blow dry them. It takes hours and hours,” she said.

All the livestock were healthy and well-groomed for the event and many were also decorated to increase their appeal. Sheep and goats had flower wreaths around their necks. One steer was sprinkled with gold stars in its coat. Bunnies were dressed in coats and makeshift hats. And one bunch of chickens came suggestively loaded in a picnic basket.

Humor was also part of the day. When three rabbits came up for sale, the auctioneer noted that, “by the time you get them home, you’ll have 25.”
Many of the buyers at the auction were grocery stores, small business owners, and people who came to purchase some meat, support the youths or make a donation to a local charity.
One of those was Aron Hunt from Fresh Pond. He said his son was in 4-H. “Possibly I’ll buy a a swine or goat for food. By and large it’s to support 4-H and FFA,” he said.
As the day wore on, the temperature climbed to the mid-90s and youths worked to keep themselves and their animals comfortable.
Jr. Gutenberger, 9, of Placerville, tried to cool down his pig by spritzing it with water. “Pigs can’t sweat,” he said.

Nearby, Karen Lotz, 12, was feeding her pig ice cream. “She likes sweet stuff — ice cream, candy and sodas.”

Because the pig was under-weight, Lotz wasn’t able to sell her at auction. “If no one wants to buy her by the end of fair, we’ll take her home and probably breed her,” she said.

The final results for the grand champion and reserve grand champion were as follows:

The grand champion steer, owned by Anna Marie Repetto of Southside Topnotch 4-H, sold for $2.90 a pound to Patrick White, Rich Moran, and Safeway Stores. The grand champion swine, owned by William Boring, also of Southside Topnotch 4-H, sold for $4.50 a pound to Finley Properties. The grand champion sheep, owned by Tara Schnetz of Dusty Divider’s 4-H, sold for $4.25 to Finley Properties. The grand champion rabbits, owned by William Winter of Southside Topnotch 4-H, sold for $250 to Investment Properties. The grand champion poultry, owned by Sarah Neff of Dusty Divider’s 4-H, sold for $200 to First Friends Montessori. And the grand champion goat, owned by Kristi Schnetz of Dusty Divider’s 4-H, sold for $4.50 a pound to Bacchi Ranch Big Horn Cattle LLC.

The reserve grand champion steer, owned by Colby Stanwood of Southside Topnotch 4-H, sold for $2.35 a pound to Jason Jester. The reserve grand champion swine, owned by Sierra Allen of Southside Topnotch 4-H, sold for $4.25 to Safeway Store of Placerville. The reserve grand champion sheep, owned by Joshua Walker of Ponderosa FFA, sold for $3.75 a pound to Raley’s Store. The reserve champion rabbits, owned by Breanna Winter of Southside Topnotch 4-H, sold for $200 to Carrie’s Chocolate Cowpatty Cake Co. The grand champion turkey, owned by Jessica Kim of Ponderosa FFA, sold for $200 to Les Schwab. And the reserve grand champion goat, owned by Olivia Strauss of Ponderosa FFA, was sold for $4.75 a pound to Les Schwab.

Many of the buyers bought livestock and then donated the animal or proceeds to different charities. Those on the receiving end included M.O.R.E., the Women’s Shelter, the El Dorado Community Foundation and Upper Room.

Contact Dawn Hodson at 530-344-5071 or [email protected] Follow @DHodsonMtDemo on Twitter.

 

Dawn Hodson

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