COTTONWOOD Sales were down 24 percent from last year’s event, but support for the annual Idaho County 4-H/FFA Livestock Sale stays strong.
“The prices this year were lower; however, the support from the community continues to be excellent,” said Jim Church, Idaho County University of Idaho Extension Agent. “We have great support each year from Idaho County businesses and individuals.”
Saturday’s Aug. 19 sale is the culminating event of the Idaho County Fair. This year, 209 animals were sold for a total $225,206, compared with 214 animals sold for $296,370 in 2016.
Continuing an ongoing tradition, buyers donated purchased animals to local organizations; 10 pigs went to area food banks, and two pigs went to the Idaho County Veterans’ Outreach and Community Center in Grangeville.
For the 2017 sale:
Steers: 28 sold, $2,586 per head, $2.00 per pound average price; total gross, $72,415.
Pigs: 122 sold, $844 per head, $3.41 per pound average price; total gross, $103,004.
Lambs: 56 sold, $847 per head, $6.89 per pound average price; total gross, $47,428.
Goats: three sold, $786 per head, $9.14 per pound average price; total gross, $2,359.
Grand Champion Swine: Taryn Godfrey of Grangeville; 242 weight, $5.50 per pound; bought by Christensen Orthodontic of Lewiston.
Reserve Champion Swine: Chase Kaschmitter of Cottonwood; 248 weight, $4.50 per pound; bought by Camas Body Shop.
Grand Champion Steer: Sydnee Rylaarsdam of Grangeville; 1,337 weight, $3.00 per pound; bought by Central Idaho River Shuttle, Jacobs Oil and Bob and Ruby Rylaarsdam.
Reserve Champion Steer: Laney Forsmann of Greencreek; 1,314 weight, $2.60 per pound; bought by Asker’s Harvest Foods.
Grand Champion Lamb: Maria Schmidt of Ferdinand; 119 weight, $9.00 per pound; bought by St. Mary’s Hospital and Clinics.
Reserve Champion Lamb: Stephen Goldman of Grangeville; 138 weight, $11.50 per pound; bought by Jacobs Oil.
Grand Champion Goat: Elizabeth Severns of Nezperce, 83 weight, $10.00 per pound; bought by Brian Wren.
Reserve Champion Goat: Miranda Klapprich of Cottonwood; 82 weight, $9.00 per pound, bought by Almosta Ranch.