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Saturday, June 22, 2024

Larimer County Fair 4-H Stock Sale

A view of the sale arena as Danielle Mayer of Fort Collins shows her Grand Champion.

The 4H Livestock sale is the last official event of the county fair. The bidding is active and usually the final price is well above the market price of the livestock. The highest priced sale is usually the Grand Champion Market Beef, and the 2010 Larimer County Fair was no exception as that heifer brought $6,000 for Danielle Mayer of Fort Collins. The Reserve Champion Market Beef, raised by Berthoud’s Cory Ellis brought $2,600. The same relationship held in the sheep as Kristina Cavey’s Champion Dorsett brought a bid of $2,000 and Kaylee Daugherty’s Reserve Champion brought $1,000.

The fair rules require that the animals be sold. Most exhibiters show several animals, but are normally limited to only one animal per individual. Berthoud 4-Hers sold 29 of the 201 head of livestock and poultry put on the block this year.  With 200 entries, the sale took six hours to complete, but the air remained festive to the end.

The table following shows the successful bid for the livestock exclusive of add-ons. Add-ons are extra amounts donated by supporters of the program and vary from $25 to several hundred dollars and constitute a significant and important part of the money the kids receive for their livestock.

As always, the sale may be a bittersweet moment for the kids as they see their charge for the last time as they leave the sale ring. Most seem to understand that this is what raising livestock is about

This article which includes Berthoud youth appeared in the August 12 edition of the Loveland Reporter-Herald, “Finding the good in goobye.”

Total Sales were $227, 700

2010 4-H Livestock Sale: Results for Berthoud 4-H members
Name 4H Club Category Placement Weight Market Price Bid
Jesse Lyman Family Market Beef 5th 1067 $981 $1,150
Matthew Holliday Cinch’Em Up Market Beef 6th 1143 $1,052 $1,350
Levi Sellmer Desperados Market Beef 7th 1177 $1,082 $1,400
Sarah Morali Berthoud Highlanders Market Swine 9th 248 $116 $550
Chad Ellis Sagebrush Riders Market Beef Reserve Champion 1165 $1,072 $2,600
Kristina Cavey Berthoud Highlanders Market Sheep Grand Champion 122 $142 $2,000
Kaylee Dougherty Family Market Sheep Reserve Champion 137 $160 $1,000
Cara Conlon Berthoud Highlanders Market Duck Top Placing $450
Jacob Sawdey The Dream Catchers Market Turkey Top Placing $300
Meghan Conlon Berthoud Highlanders Market Geese Top Placing $2,500
Cory Ellis Sagebrush Riders Market Beef Top Placing 1256 $1,156 $1,550
Daryl Baker Family Market Sheep Champion Dorset 147 $173 $600
Cassidy Hiatt Berthoud Highlanders Market Sheep Reserve Dorset 122 $142 $1,000
Ty Beaman Berthoud Highlanders Market Swine 2nd 276 $130 $750
Susan Pennock Lucky Clover II Market Swine 2nd 270 $127 $1,000
Kyle Cavey Berthoud Highlanders Market Swine 2nd 243 $114 $800
Heather Spaur Lucky Clover II Market Swine 3rd 245 $115 $1,150
Danielle Pickert Lucky Clover II Market Beef 4th 1258 $1,158 $1,700
Blair Baker Family Market Sheep 2nd 133 $155 $400
Lexi Johnson Family Market Sheep 2nd 144 $168 $350
Caitlin Hart Family Market Swine 5th 245 $115 $575
Colton Hart Family Market Swine 6th 246 $116 $500

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