4-H Fair livestock auction racks up sales of more than $200,000

By Curtis Wildfong • Last Updated 11:54 am on Friday, June 27, 2014

Morgan Chaffin, of the Tri-County Country 4-H club, works her pair of swine around the presentation area during her auction time Thursday at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair livestock auction. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

MONTCALM TOWNSHIP — One after another, the hands of more than 100 buyers sprouted up from the crowded auction barn Thursday during the Montcalm County 4-H Fair’s livestock auction.

When all was said and done, 345 animals totaling 76,692 pounds were sold for $208,815.29.

“It looks like everything is going well. The prices are holding up,” said Doug Uzelac, livestock community president. “We have good support from the community. We have a lot of buyers here.”

John Nitengale of Kids, Critters and Crafts Club looks out at the crowd during his auction time. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Of those buyers, Meijer topped the chart of number of animals purchased at 18. Wilbur Ellis came in second, buying 11.

There were several winners in the seller market, one being 11-year-old Cory Sadler, who earned grand champion market and reserve champion show in beef as well as reserve champion and reserve champion show in swine.

Beginning in October of last year, Sadler said she spent a lot of hours raising her show animals, especially her grand champion cow, which at 1,235 pounds sold for $4,631.25.

“I washed him every day and walked him around the lot so his fat would turn to muscle,” she said. “He was easy to walk.”

4-H’ers and their sheep wait in line prior to showing their sheep for auction Thursday night at the Montcalm County 4-H Fair. — Daily News/Kyle Wilson

Although she also took home recognitions in swine (her 237-pound pig sold for $711) it was the beef category she thought she had the best chance in.

“I like it because that’s kind of my specialty, with cattle,” she said. “It’s my first time getting all those things.”

Bayley Wolfe, 18, earned the title of supreme champion in swine, selling her 251-pound pig for $878.50.

“It’s exciting,” she said. “I never thought I’d have an animal that nice, so it’s awesome.”

Wolfe has been showing horses for several years and swine the last three. While most of her time focuses on her horses, she said she has developed a love for showing pigs.

“I like bonding with the pigs. They are super smart,” she said. “Every year it’s something new with your pigs.”

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