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Virtual Version of Junior Livestock Auction Yields ‘Astounding’ Results

Tuesday, July 28th, 2020

Maddi Johnson from Milford 4H

Organizers are calling the results ‘astounding’ after a final tally of the sales in this year’s Lassen County Junior Livestock Auction. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic the annual auction was held virtually this year with participants watching and bidding online.

An enormous outpouring of support for the exhibitors by the community produced the following results:
19 Market Steers – $79,250
27 Pigs – $49,850
1 Dairy Steer – $2,700
19 Market lambs – $32,400
13 Rabbit Meat Pens – $6,110
7 Market Goats – $6,000
Total: $170,200

Maddi Johnson from Milford 4-H sold The Grand Champion Market Steer to Town and Country Real Estate for $5,300.

Reserve Grand Champion Steer, owned by Dylan Langston from Susanville FFA, sold to Hat Creek Construction for $5,000.

The Lassen County Cattlemen’s Local Best Bred and Fed Award went to the Reserve Champion Steer that was bred and raised by Brock Wolf and Wolf Angus Ranch.

The Champion Dairy Steer was exhibited by Elena German from Susanville FFA and sold for $2,700 to AXIA Home Loans.

Dersch Apiaries bought the Champion rabbit meat pen from Robbie Jones from Susanville FFA for $1,000. The Reserve Champion meat pen was raised by Lake 4-H member Saydee Mueller and sold to TNS Trucking for $650.

The Grand Champion Market hog was raised by Blaine Wolf from Susanville FFA and sold to three businesses – Fire Water Supply, Emergency Command Support and Emergency Water Supply for $2,500.

Blaine Wolf also raised The Reserve Grand Champion market hog and that was purchased by Redding Roofing Supply for 2,500.

Molly Dickson, Richmond 4-H was the 4-H local bred exhibiting a hog bred by the Parkers’ Lazy S Boer Goats and Show Pigs.

Lassen Rents purchased the Grand Champion Market lamb for $3,600 from Lily Ammon from Richmond 4-H and Hat Creek Construction bought the Reserve Grand Champion lamb from Katelyn Kirack, also a member of Richmond 4-H, for $3,400. The recipient of the Jack and Pat Haslem Memorial Award for the best local Bred and Fed lamb went to local breeder Jack Mallery from Susanville FFA.

The Grand Champion Market Goat, bred locally by Parkers’ Lazy S Boer Goats and Show pigs, was shown by Shelby Talley from Richmond 4-H and sold to Safeway for $1,500.

Teagan Knight, from Richmond 4-H, raised the Reserve Grand Champion Market Goat which was sold to Les Schwab Tire Center for $800.

$37,250 was donated after the auction in the form of additional increases:

Dan Van Vuren Insurance donated $10,000 to be split among all the beef exhibitors.

Helena Agri-Enterprises increased the beef prices by $100/beef exhibitor.

Shasta Livestock donated $200 to all beef exhibitors.

Red Bluff Bull and Gelding Sale donated $100 to all beef exhibitors.

Kim Dieter raised the rabbit meat pen prices to $420/pen.

Desi’s Tiny Tots and The Fortin family raised the meat pen prices to $450.

Mount Lassen Buyers Group raised the pigs to $1,000, the lambs to $1,300 and the goats to $800.

Billington ACE Hardware donated $100/exhibitor.

Lassen County Sheriff’s Posse raised the goats and the rabbits $75/ exhibitor.

Plumas Bank donated $250 to the best Local Bred and Fed Exhibitors in Beef, Swine, Lamb & Goat.

Every Bloomin’ Thing donated $1,000 to be split among all the exhibitors.

And there were numerous individual donations.

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