Tricounty News

Stearns County 4-H Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction

Area businesses and organizations showed generous support for Stearns County 4-H and top 4-H livestock exhibiters at the Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction on Friday, July 30th at the Stearns County Fair in Sauk Centre.

Nearly 40 generous bidders purchased the ribbons of 56 Champion, Reserve Champion and Blue Ribbon livestock exhibits at the annual 4-H event, resulting in a total donation of $16,875!

Final bids per ribbon ranged from $100 to $875 with a median bid of $250. Ribbons for the top market animals for each specie area including Beef, Goat, Sheep, Poultry, Swine and Rabbits, as well as top Dairy animals were sold in the auction.

The Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction is a unique opportunity for community agencies and businesses to directly support individual 4-H'ers in their livestock endeavors and the 4-H Program as a whole.Ê A Blue Ribbon Auction differs from traditional Livestock Auctions in that what is actually purchased is a ribbon representing the many accomplishments of the 4-H'er while the 4-H'er retains ownership of the animal.

With the money 4-H'ers receive from these generous sponsors, they can continue to be actively involved in their species area. These donations are helpful in many areas such as helping to defray feed cost or even allowing a 4-H'er to expand his or her 4-H project by purchasing another animal for next year.

All the 4-H participants, families, and auction committee would like to thank the buyers, contending bidders, and all those who attended the auction. Your support is greatly appreciated!

A big thank you goes to the following buyers:

¥ AgStar Financial Services, Waite Park

¥ Anderson Farms, Belgrade

¥ Atfield Mill / Polzin Cattle, Atwater

¥ Augusta Motor Works, St Augusta

¥ Belgrade Commercial Club, Belgrade

¥ Bernicks Pepsi, St. Cloud

¥ Bonanza Valley State Bank, Brooten

¥ Brooten Commercial Club, Brooten

¥ Central LivestockÐAlbany, Albany

¥ CentraSota Co-Op, Little Falls

¥ Cornerstone Ag Services, St. Stephen

¥ Crafts Direct, Waite Park

¥ Elmdale Creamery, Bowlus

¥ Feed Company, Belgrade

¥ Fergus Falls Livestock Auction, Fergus Falls

¥ First District Association, Litchfield

¥ Freeport Veterinary Service, Freeport

¥ Freiler Feeds, Paynesville

¥ Gold'n Plump Poultry, Sauk Rapids

¥ Halls Farms, Brooten

¥ Holdingford Mill, Holdingford

¥ John Torgerson, St. Cloud

¥ Land O'Lakes, Melrose

¥ Long Prairie Livestock Auction, Long Prairie

¥ Long Prairie Packing, Long Prairie

¥ Luxemburg Feed Service, St. Cloud

¥ MidAmerican Auction Company, Sauk Centre

¥ Midwest Machinery, Sauk Centre

¥ Paul Anderson, State Representative, Starbuck

¥ Roth Family, St. Cloud

¥ Schaefer Cattle Co., Belgrade

¥ Belgrade Livestock Auction Market, Belgrade

¥ St. Martin National Bank, St. Martin

¥ State Bank of Cold Spring, Cold Spring

¥ Stearns Veterinary Outlet, Melrose

¥ Stickney Hill Dairy, Kimball

¥ Van Havermaet Livestock, Sauk Centre