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What recession? Weld County Fair Sale brings big bucks

Bill Jackson
For the Fence Post

STEPHANIE BURCHETT/For the Fence PostAuctioneer Butch Hagelstrom of Fort Lupton gets bids from the audience at the Weld County Fair Junior Market Livestock Sale on Monday at Island Grove Regional Park in Greeley.

Individuals and area businesses brought the 2009 Weld County Fair to a resounding close Monday evening by spending $316,800 on 4-H and FFA animals at the Junior Market Livestock Sale.

“Considering the economy, we were worried big time. I was ready to be happy with 75 percent of last year’s sale if we could get that, and obviously we did that,” Mike Frink said.

Frink, of Eaton, is president of the Junior Market Livestock Sale Committee.

“We did a lot better than expected thanks to Big R, Agland, Anadarko and Cedar Creek,” Frink said. Because of those volume buyers, and a couple hundred others, 4-H and FFA members got just a little less than the $319,000 spent at last year’s sale.

Cedar Creek Wind Energy, which operates the wind-powered farm in northeast Weld County, was a first-time buyer at the sale. Troy Ryan is the project manager at the farm east of Grover.

“It’s a community service thing. We want to support the kids in the community,” Ryan said.

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Kip Kuntz, a regional manager with Cedar Creek, said the company supports similar fairs or 4-H projects in Illinois, California, Oregon and Washington.

“We do this every place we have a wind farm. But I grew up in 4-H. I showed steers as a kid. I know the importance of this program and we want to support it,” Kuntz said.

The sale got off to a quick start when the grand champion market hog went for $6,000, and it never really let up from there. The 87 market pigs that qualified brought in more than $118,500; the 40 head of market lambs totaled $41,450; 63 market goats sold for $31,700; and the 43 head of market beef animals brought $118,750.

Then there were the fun sales, like the grand champion turkey that sold for $1,100; the pen of meat rabbits that brought $600; and a pen of three chickens, valued at $15, that sold for $1,250.

The grand champion steer was bought by Anadarko Petroleum for $7,400.

David Bell, surface land manager for Anadarko, said that company works with a great many landowners in Weld and it was the company’s way of showing its appreciation.

“We want to be good neighbors and to support the kids. We work with a lot of people in the county,” Bell said.

Individuals and area businesses brought the 2009 Weld County Fair to a resounding close Monday evening by spending $316,800 on 4-H and FFA animals at the Junior Market Livestock Sale.

“Considering the economy, we were worried big time. I was ready to be happy with 75 percent of last year’s sale if we could get that, and obviously we did that,” Mike Frink said.

Frink, of Eaton, is president of the Junior Market Livestock Sale Committee.

“We did a lot better than expected thanks to Big R, Agland, Anadarko and Cedar Creek,” Frink said. Because of those volume buyers, and a couple hundred others, 4-H and FFA members got just a little less than the $319,000 spent at last year’s sale.

Cedar Creek Wind Energy, which operates the wind-powered farm in northeast Weld County, was a first-time buyer at the sale. Troy Ryan is the project manager at the farm east of Grover.

“It’s a community service thing. We want to support the kids in the community,” Ryan said.

Kip Kuntz, a regional manager with Cedar Creek, said the company supports similar fairs or 4-H projects in Illinois, California, Oregon and Washington.

“We do this every place we have a wind farm. But I grew up in 4-H. I showed steers as a kid. I know the importance of this program and we want to support it,” Kuntz said.

The sale got off to a quick start when the grand champion market hog went for $6,000, and it never really let up from there. The 87 market pigs that qualified brought in more than $118,500; the 40 head of market lambs totaled $41,450; 63 market goats sold for $31,700; and the 43 head of market beef animals brought $118,750.

Then there were the fun sales, like the grand champion turkey that sold for $1,100; the pen of meat rabbits that brought $600; and a pen of three chickens, valued at $15, that sold for $1,250.

The grand champion steer was bought by Anadarko Petroleum for $7,400.

David Bell, surface land manager for Anadarko, said that company works with a great many landowners in Weld and it was the company’s way of showing its appreciation.

“We want to be good neighbors and to support the kids. We work with a lot of people in the county,” Bell said.