2023 WASHINGTON COUNTY JUNIOR LIVESTOCK AUCTION IS LARGEST IN FAIR HISTORY
On July 27th, 2023 the Washington County Junior Livestock Auction at the Washington County Fair raised $478,187 for youth livestock exhibitors, making it the highest grossing sale in fair history.
Washington County youth livestock exhibitors sold 126 market beef, sheep and swine animals during the three hour sale for an average price of $5.50 per pound, $10.57 per pound and $8.12 per pound, respectively.
Seventy-one local businesses supported the auction in 2023, with multiple businesses purchasing more than one animal. Mr. Hand Pay is commended with purchasing the 1,430 pound Grand Champion Market Steer for $14 per pound; Bunzel’s Meat Market for purchasing the 131 pound Grand Champion Market Lamb for $22.50 per pound and A to Z Quality Fencing for purchasing the 266 pound Grand Champion Market Hog for $22.50 per pound.
Bidders and buyers were welcomed to the fair with discounted entry tickets, priority parking and a pre-sale dinner by Catering by Bryan, Inc. of West Bend, organized by volunteers of the Washington County Junior Livestock Sale Committee.
Junior Livestock Exhibitors work year-round to bring their animals to exhibition at the Washington County Fair. In cooperation with the Washington County Junior Livestock Sale Committee, the Washington County Animal Science Association, local 4-H clubs and FFA chapters facilitate various animal husbandry and meat quality assurance educational opportunities for exhibitors to produce the highest quality protein for the food supply. Exhibitors utilize money earned from the sale of their animal to support future years’ projects or invest in college and career education.
Businesses who purchased livestock from the sale enjoy a high quality meat product available for use in their own homes, or to provide as gifts for employees or company events. The Washington County Junior Livestock Sale Committee encourages community members to support the following local businesses who support Washington County 4-H and FFA youth:
A to Z Quality Fencing (7), Acer Tree & Landscape, Adell Cooperative, Albiero Plumbing, Austin Plumbing, Badger State Waste (3), BMCI Construction, Boehlke Bottled Gas, Bunzel’s Meat Market (2), Buske Trucking (2), Cedar Lake Sales (4), Chase Family, Cheeseville Dairy, Cross Roads Tap, Crystal Springs Treatment (4), Custom Fit Carpentry, DKR Investors, Dynamic Tool Corp. (2), Erin Enterprises, Farmers Grain & Feed (2), Gehl Transport, Gehring's Meat Market (7), Helena Agri-Enterprises, Homer's Towing (2), Jake's Ag Service, JNJ Building & Metal (2), Johnson's Nursery (3), Jon Etta Family, Jordan Rathke Ag Products, KayenJay Enterprises (2),
Kettle Moraine Metal Products (4), Kluever Window & Door, Inc., KRL Electric (2), Lallemand Animal Nutrition, Lannon Stone Products (2), Let's Get Roasted Pig Roasting & Catering, Lochen Equipment, LS Landscape (4), Lynch Buick GMC of West Bend (4), Maus Jewelers, MCR Services, Messig Woodcraft, Metalcraft of Mayville (3), MGS Mfg Group Inc., Mr. Hand Pay, MW Plumbing (2), Neu's Building Supply, Ney's Premium Meats (2), Otto's Meat Market (2), Petroleum Systems LLC, Power Graphics, Quad Graphics (2), Ray Wollner Excavating, Richards Insurance, Robertson Ace Hardware, Roemer Family Farms (2), Rollin Transport LLC, Saukville Feed Supplies, Schloemer Law Firm, Schwartz Trucking, Shumway Dental (3), Stratus Industries, Strupp Family Farm, Savatski Contractors, Thunder Pallet, Tom's Old Country Mill (2), Twin Pine Farm, Wellenstein & Sons, West Bend Elevator (5), Wilke's Plumbing, Wissota Sand & Gravel (2).
*indicates the purchase of multiple animals
The Washington County Livestock Sale Committee would like to thank auctioneers Bob Johnson, Rod Drendel, Bob Hagemann, and Ron Bast; photographer Abigail Rose Media; livestock haulers Schwartz Trucking and Sterr Trucking; processors Gehring’s Meat Market, Loehr’s Meat Service, Cedar Road Meats, and Otto’s Meats; printing and design services by B & L Graphic Solutions and Vicki Bartelt; Catering by Bryan, and all volunteers.
For more information about the Washington County Youth Livestock program and the Junior Livestock Auction, visit www.washingtoncountyyouthlivestock.com.
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