County livestock projects generously rewarded

Future Farmers of America, 4-H, and Independent youth livestock exhibitors were rewarded for several months of hard work on Saturday.

Swine, goats, ag mechanics projects, steer, lambs, rabbits, and poultry were auctioned to the highest bidder during the Colusa County Fair’s Junior Livestock Auction.

Across the county, youth exhibitors spent countless hours grooming, feeding, exercising, and learning how to properly show their projects in the judging and market rings.

Participants in the auction, ages nine to 19, discovered that hard work can be rewarded with a paycheck, but more importantly, the lessons they learned in responsibility are theirs for a lifetime.

The Colusa County Junior Livestock auction is one of the best in northern California, fair officials said.

The money the youth earn often goes to purchase another animal to raise next year, repays parents for feed bills, or helps towards college.

The auction started off Saturday morning at 9 AM with the sale of swine. A total of 181 market hogs raised as 4-H, FFA, and Independent projects, paraded their way through the auction arena to be purchased by private individuals, groups, and businesses. The average price per pound for swine was $10.42.

Following the swine sale, a salad and tri-tip luncheon was served to buyers before the sale of 28 market goats, averaging $18.21 a pound.

The sale of champions was presented at 2 PM, followed by 44 market steers that sold at an average $5.40 per pound. A total of 171 market lambs sold for an average $11.88 per pound.

Small animal livestock was the last to be auctioned off with 31 rabbits at $42.51 per pound; five chickens at an average $58.80 per pound; and 12 turkeys at an average of $19.58 per pound.

A total of three ag mechanic projects was also auctioned off, bringing in $2,000.

The 2019 Junior Livestock Auction topped off the day with an astounding $1,133,841.66 in total sales after an almost nine-hour event. ■