Buyers put $219,162 into Idaho County Fair livestock sale

Sales, animal numbers down from 2014

Naomi Connolley of Grangeville (left) had the 2015 reserve champion lamb at 143 pounds, bought by Joe Hall Ford (represented by Brent Rowland).

Photo by David Rauzi


Naomi Connolley of Grangeville (left) had the 2015 reserve champion lamb at 143 pounds, bought by Joe Hall Ford (represented by Brent Rowland).

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COTTONWOOD – Numbers were down for both total animals and gross proceeds from Saturday’s Idaho County 4-H/FFA Livestock Sale.

Total sale was $219,162.75 from Aug. 22, down 19.7 percent ($53,704) from 2014, with nine fewer animals than the prior year for a total 196 sold.

Sheep: 86 head were sold for a total $46,287, averaging $538.22 per head and $4.45 per pound (2014 comparison: $73,196, $822.42, $6.50).

Goats: Two head were sold for a total $1,382, averaging $691 per head and $6.97 per pound. (2014: $888, $888, $12).

Swine: 85 head were sold for a total $92,026.15, averaging $1,082.66 per head and $4.27 per pound. (2014: $121,362, $1,304, $5.15).

Beef: 23 head were sold for a total $79,467.60, averaging $3,455.11 per head and $2.68 per pound. (2014: $77,420, $3,519.09, $2.72).

Buyers were generous in turning animals toward charitable causes. This year the Camas Prairie Food Bank received five animals (one steer, three pigs and one lamb), the American Red Cross received four pigs, and the Senior Nutrition Program received two lambs.

Livestock sale champions and buyers were as follows:

2015 grand champion lamb: Jack Bransford of Grangeville; 138 pounds $6.50 per pound; Kendall Auto Group;

2015 reserve champion lamb: Naomi Connolley of Grangeville: 143 pounds, $4.50 per pound; Joe Hall Ford;

2015 grand champion goat: Elizabeth Severns of Nezperce; 95 pounds, $7.50; Rowland Auction Service;

2015 reserve champion goat: Lauren Alfrey of Ferdinand; 103 pounds, $6.50; The Hangout;

2015 grand champion swine: Camden Barger of Grangeville; 276 pounds, $4.75; Christensen Orthodontics;

2015 reserve champion swine: Dani Aiken of Grangeville: 280 pounds, $4.25; Bob and Ruby Rylaarsdam, and Marilyn Rylaarsdam.

2015 grand champion steer: Thomas Schwartz of Ferdinand; 1,362 pounds, $3.00; CHS Primeland; Schwartz was also the grand champion showman and reserve champion round robin showman;

2015 reserve champion steer: Sydnee Rylaarsdam-Schoo of Grangeville: 1,272 pounds, $3.20; Bob and Ruby Rylaarsdam.

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