The 2014 Livingston County 4-H and FFA Fair's Market Animal Sale set a new record on Friday and concluded a week full of fair activities.
The 2014 Livingston County 4-H and FFA Fair's Market Animal Sale set a new record on Friday and concluded a week full of fair activities. With a large crowd attending the appreciation picnic held right before the sale, many stuck around to watch and bid on the sale of champions and other livestock shown at the fair. A total of 215 animals were sold this year, making it the same as last year as well as the total number of buyers being 93. The total of the sale was impressive at $127,400, with it topping last year’s numbers by more than $22,000. High hog and cattle prices could contribute to this. The sale brought the 2014 Livingston County 4-H and FFA Fair to a close with a full week of exhibits, shows and competitions, all of which drew large crowds of spectators from the county. "A record livestock sale topped off a week of events for 475 4-H and FFA youth. This week was filled with great weather, livestock shows, a new music show, tractor pulling and many other events," stated Dave Beck, president of the Livingston County Fair Board. Steers, sheep, hogs, hams, rabbits, and goats were auctioned off to the highest bidders, with 131 hogs being up from 115 last year. The hogs brought in $76,550, averaging $584 per head. The 26 steers sold brought in $24,950 in sales, averaging $960 per head. The 15 sheep brought in $8,500, averaging $567. The 10 hams brought $3,275 with average price being $328 per head. The five rabbits brought $2,175, with the average price being $435 per head. The 17 goats sold brought $7,725, with the average price per head being $454. The 11 broilers brought $4,225, with the average being $384 per head. The top five bidders were Chula Coop, Hutchinson & Co., BTC Bank, Farm Bureau Insurance - Joe Neptune, Jerry Litton Family Memorial Foundation. Money collected from the auction went directly to the individuals selling the animals. "The Livingston County Fair is successful with the help and support from a dedicated community that has made a priority of supporting its young people. On behalf of the Fair Association, I would like to say a big Thank You!” Stated Beck. With the conclusion of the market sale and cleaning up of the fair grounds Saturday morning, the board will begin working on plans for next year's fair in the upcoming months.