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Record-Breaking Year for Junior Livestock Auction at the Sonoma County Fair

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Record-Breaking Year for Junior Livestock Auction
at the Sonoma County Fair

The tallies are in for the Sonoma County Fair’s Junior Livestock Auctions and the sale numbers show yet another record-breaking year. The total gross for the auctions, which concluded last Saturday, was $1,456,392.75, over $175,000 higher than the 2014 total of $1,281,203. The auction first broke $1 million in 2007 and sales have steadily risen each year since, due in whole to tremendous community support for youth in agriculture.

Owen Clark Supreme Champion Lamb - Brenda Hawkes PhotographyTwo-hundred fifty five lambs were brought to the auction ring for a total gross of $359,088 and an average price of $10.33 per pound. Continuing his reign from 2014, Owen Clark of Green Valley 4-H exhibited the Supreme Champion lamb. The animal was sold to Ovations Catering for $19 per pound for a total of $2,850. The FFA Grand Champion lamb was exhibited by Emma Pierson of Santa Rosa FFA. The lamb was sold to Carolyn Anderson, Mark Pierson and Kimberly Pierson for $41 per pound, for a total of $6,650.

Fifty four market goats were sold for an average price of $12.75 per pound and a total of $58,345.25. Owen Clark of Green Valley 4-H exhibited the Supreme Champion Market Goat, which sold for $13.50 per pound for a total of $1,282.50. The goat was purchased by Canyon Rock Company, Inc. Emily Eakins of Forestville 4-H exhibited the 4-H Grand Champion Market Goat which sold for $30 per pound for a total price of $2,220. The animal was purchased by Vineyard Industry Products.

The average seller’s price for rabbit meat pens (three per pen) was $355. Taylor Mills of Sebastopol FFA exhibited the Champion Meat Pen, which was purchased for $1025 by Cryo Genetics, Inc. This year’s rabbit auction included fifty five lots and totaled $19,975.

Owen Clark Supreme Champion Goat.jpg - Brenda Hawkes PhotographyHelm & Sons Amusements, Sonoma County Fair carnival partners, purchased the Supreme Champion Market Hog from exhibitor Gus Christianson of Santa Rosa FFA. They paid $12 per pound for a total of $3,060. The FFA Grand Champion Market Hog was exhibited by Cheyenne McCambridge and sold for a record-setting $40 per pound to McCambridge Enterprises of Sonoma for a total of $10,200. A total of 319 hogs brought a total of $584,969 for an average price of $7.23 per pound.

Poultry meat pens (two per pen) sold for a gross of $23,525, up slightly from the 2014 total. Sixty seven lots sold for an average price of $348.88 per pen. Trinity Stockton of Sonoma Valley 4-H exhibited the Champion Poultry Meat Pen which sold for $1,250 and was purchased by McClure Dairy and Roger Hoffman. Tucker Pacatte of Sonoma Valley 4-H presented the Reserve Champion Poultry Meat Pen, which sold for $1,500. The pen was purchased by John Jordan Foundation.

A total of seventy Market Steers sold for a total of $409,931.50, up about 28% over 2014’s

$318,567 total. The Supreme Champion Steer was shown by Steven Pozzi of Petaluma FFA. The animal sold for $10 per pound and was purchased by Farmstead West of Petaluma. The Grand Champion steer was sold by Cassidy Carroll for $11 per pound to Reuser, Inc., North Bay Petroleum/Redwood Fuels, Doss Logistics and C&S Waste Solutions. The average price for the steer auction was $4.66 per pound.

Gus Charistianson Supreme Champion Market Hog - Brenda Hawkes Photography4-H, FFA and Independent Junior exhibitors have worked all year to select, raise, groom and feed their animals, and only the very best are selected for sale at the Junior Livestock Auctions. Community support for their dedication has never been more prevalent. Sonoma County Fair salutes these hard working youth and the generous individuals and business leaders who continually support the Junior Livestock Auction.

About Sonoma County Fair:

Celebrating its 79th year, the Sonoma County Fair runs now through August 9. Honoring the County’s rich agricultural heritage and life “Down on the Farm” this year, the Fair brings a combination of traditional and new attractions and celebrates the diversity of the region. In addition to community exhibits, livestock shows, horse racing, carnival rides and entertainment, the Fair offers kids’ activities, live bands daily, Greentivities, other educational demonstrations and much more. For more information, visit SonomaCountyFair.com or call (707) 545-4200. you can also find “Sonoma County Event Center at the Fairgrounds” on Facebook.