4-H livestock auction brings in big bucks


August 1, 2014 - 12:00 AM

Thursday evening’s livestock auction for Allen County 4-H’ers was a lucrative one.
The 44 animals sold — steers, swine, sheep and goats — fetched more than $50,000 in premiums, money above the market price for each animal.
The 15 steers sold for a combined $16,550 in premiums, an average of more than $1,100 per animal, while 21 hogs sold for a combined $20,600 in premiums, or $981 per animal. Four sheep sold for $3,350, averaging $837.50, while the four goats sold for $3375, or $843.75 per animal.
Allen County 4-H Boosters sweetened the pot from there, announcing during the sale they were chipping in an additional $6,500 to add to some premiums.
That meant every 4-H youth who sold a steer received at least $1,250 in premiums. The minimum premium for the swine, meanwhile, was bumped to $1,000, while each sheep and goat seller was guaranteed at least $800 per animal.
While the 4-H portion of the 121st Allen County Fair is in the books — fairgrounds clean-up wrapped up Friday — two more events remain.
A mud run commences this afternoon at 1 o’clock at Wide Open Speed Park, 1361 Maryland Rd. Iolans can get there by going three miles south of town on 1400 Street, then turning right onto Maryland.
Admission is $10 for adults and $6 for children ages 6-12. Children 5 and under will be admitted free of charge. Pit passes sell for $15 each.
The fair wraps up at 6 o’clock tonight with the tractor pull at the Lyle Dreher Roughriders Arena at Riverside Park. Admission is $5.

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