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Idaho County Fair 2014 4-H/FFA Livestock Sale: Gross sales up 13 percent from 2013


Discussing last-minute details prior to the start of the auction were (L-R) U of I Extension Agent Jim Church and auctioneer Dennis Rowland.

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Discussing last-minute details prior to the start of the auction were (L-R) U of I Extension Agent Jim Church and auctioneer Dennis Rowland.

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COTTONWOOD — Gross sales were up 13 percent from last year for the Idaho County Fair 4-H/FFA Livestock Sale, totaling $272,866, though animal numbers were down.

Held last Saturday, Aug. 23, the sale included 205 animals, 19 fewer than in 2013.

•93 pigs sold for an average of $5.15 per pound ($1,305 per head); down from 108 sold in 2013 ($3.61 average, $916 per head);

•22 steers sold for an average of $2.72 per pound ($3,519 per head); same as 2013 ($2.49 average, $3,143 per head);

•89 lambs sold for an average of $6.50 per pound ($822 per head); down from 91 ($6.13 average, $781 per head);

•One goat sold for $12 per pound or $888 per head; down from three ($3.33 average, $272 per head)

This year, nine purchased animals were donated to the local food bank and one to Cottonwood Senior Nutrition Program.

“The fair was outstanding this year. The cooler weather was very nice for the animals and the exhibitors,” said Jim Church, Idaho County University of Idaho Extension Agent. “The sale was a huge success again this year. The support of the young people in our community by businesses and individuals was great.”

The 2014 champions were as follows:

Swine grand champion: Chaye Uptmor, Keuterville; 264 sale wt., $5.75 per pound price; buyer: CHS Primeland; swine reserve champion: Tessa Godfrey, Grangeville; 247 sale wt., $7 per pound price; buyer: Christensen Orthodontics; steer grand champion: Matthew Schwartz, Cottonwood; 1,339 sale wt., $3.50 per pound price; buyer: Camas Prairie Angus Ranch; steer reserve champion: Thomas Schwartz, Cottonwood; 1,353 sale wt., $3.20 per pound price; buyer: Horse Heaven Cattle Feeders; lamb grand champion: Naomi Connolley, Grangeville; 133 sale wt., $9 per pound price; buyer: Idaho County Farm Bureau; lamb reserve champion: Hunter Connolley, Grangeville; 131 sale wt., $7.50 per pound price; buyer: Intermountain Feed; and goat grand champion: Sarah Davis, Kooskia; 74 sale wt., $12 per pound price; buyer: Eric and Joyce Forsmann.

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