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Goat garners biggest price tag at Weld County Fair livestock sale

Bill Jackson Greeley, Colo.

ELIZABETH FEHRINGER/gtphoto@greeleytribune.comTaylor Starks, 11, of Eaton, kisses her goat Almond Joy for the last time as her dad, Jamin Starks removes his collar after the Weld County Fair sale Monday afternoon at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley. Starks has been showing goats for two years at the Weld County Fair.

The tone for the Junior Livestock Sale to conclude the 2010 Weld County Fair on Monday evening was set early when the grand champion goat – an animal that had a market price of slightly more than $100 – brought a whopping $12,500, far and away a record price for the species.

Alyssa DePorter’s champion was bought by Stephanie Dreiling, whose company, CDI, specializes in environmental restoration from an office in Johnstown.

“I came to support the livestock kids of the area, and I know the family,” said Dreiling, who grew up in Fort Lupton. Alyssa, 12, of Eaton, had the first animal sold and her eyes got so big they almost popped out as the price kept climbing. Half a dozen or so buyers were in the mix early, but Dreiling got the winning bid.

Last year, the grand champion goat brought $1,200.

“Holy moly. That was super neat,” Travis DePorter, Alyssa’s dad, said of the purchase.

But he was not the only one surprised, as the market for the 4-H and FFA animals stayed high throughout most of the night. Supporters of the 4-H and FFA program from the region spent $400,520, up from $316,800 a year ago. The 65 goats brought $70,150; 85 hogs sold for $104,805; 38 lambs brought $58,625; and the 43 beef animals sold for $156,740. In addition, four pens of rabbits went for $2,750; five turkeys brought in $3,300; and four pens of chickens sold for $4,150.

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Some of the volume buyers included the old standbys, such as Big R of Greeley and Agland Inc. of Eaton, and they were joined by Anadarko Petroleum, Encana and perhaps the top volume buyer of the year, Cedar Creek Wind Energy, which operates a wind farm in northern Weld.

For Bill Angell, the sale and the fair was his first as the director and livestock agent with the Weld County office of Colorado State University Extension, which the 4-H program falls under.

“I thought it was a tremendous fair and the quality of the livestock was just outstanding,” Angell said. “Everything went smoothly and that is due in part to Biz McManus, our fair coordinator, the entire extension staff and the many volunteers who work tirelessly.

“The auction tonight topped everything off. I was really amazed at the buyers who came out to support it, but I think that has something to say about the quality of kids we have in this county. From my viewpoint, everything really went very smoothly and I’m already looking forward to next year,” Angell said.