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Feather River Bulletin Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010 5A Kallie Goss displays her huge 1,245-pound grand champion steer that she sold to Flanigan and Leavitt Insurance for $3 a pound at this year's Plumas Sierra Junior Livestock Auction. Goss also earned awards for showmanship, bred and fed, and round robin. Photos by Lesley Froggatt Paul and Kathy Neff (left) paid $5.75 a pound for ,Cooper King- den's fat 245-pound grand champion hog at this year's live- stock auction. They donated the animal back for resale to ben- efit the Clayton F. Neer Memorial Fund and then outbid all the others, buying it once again, this time for $3.75 a pound. Also shown are Cooper's parents, Ross and Stacey Kingdon. Sara Fogleman was all smiles Sunday when she sold her 80- pound grand champion goat to Bengard Ranch for $3 a pound. She also won showmanship and rate-of-gain awards. Mike Taborski Publisher Although the number of buyers was down by 10 and there were 12 fewer animals on sale at this year's Plumas-Sierra Junior Live- stock Auction, the overall average price per pound for each species paid this year was up, in some cases signif- icantly, over last year's prices. The auction was held the final morning of the fair, Sunday, Aug. 15. One hundred twenty-three $37,262 last year. Sheep did well this year with 19 selling at an average per pound price of $5.34, up from $5 last year when 20 an- imals were on the block. A modest increase of approxi- mately $300, this year's total for sheep was $13,750. Percentage-wise, the seven goats sold averaged $4.24 a pound, not quite doubling last year's $2.72 price those seven goats brought in. To- tal goat sales this year were $2,3OO. Although not the best pound-for-pound deal, the poultry sales, a turkey and some hens, collectively buyers spent a total of fetched $482 in sale proceeds $128,512 purchasing 98 ani- " for those equally dedicated reals from the hardworking and hardworking kids. youth involved in the 4-H and Future Farmers of America club programs, down from the $134,706 that 133 buyers spent last year on 110 animals. The number of animals auctioned is almost half the amount in record-setting 2005, when 182 animals were divvied up between 138 buy- ers, amassing a $314,401 pay- day for the kids. Since" then, the number of animals raised and sold has steadily declined while the number of buyers has re- mained fairly consistent. Twenty-three head of beef sold this year at an average of $2.41 per pound, grossing $69,429. Last year, the price per pound for the herd of 32 averaged only $1.97 per pound, with nine more head sold; the 2009 total was a bit over $81,000. Swine numbers were slightly higher this year. A total of 47 hogs, two more than in 2009, went for an av- erage $3.58 per pound, up slightly from the $3.33 aver- age last year. Total sales were $42,545 compared to Sale of the champions Repeating her success last year, Kallie Goss from the Loyalton FFA club was all smiles as she paraded her multiple prizewinning grand champion steer around the arena. Flanigan and Leavitt In- surance bought her weighty 1,245-pound steer for $3 a pound. Goss also won the FFA showmanship, bred and fed, and round robin awards. Kolbi onini of the Las Plumas 4-H Club got $2.35 a pound for her reserve cham- pion steer. Cooper Kingdon's grand champion hog sold twice at the auction, bothtimes to the same buyer. The first time through, Neff Family Ranch, big time supporters of the county's youth, paid $5.75 a pound for the swine, promptly donat- ing the animal back to the auction for resale with those proceeds earmarked to bene- fit the Clayton Neer Memori- al Fund. The Neffs again outbid all the other potential buyers, DRIVEWAY MAINTENANCE SLURRY SEALCOATING SS1H OIL HOT CRACK FILLING PATCHING FREE ESTIMATES SERVING ALL OF PLUMAS & LASSEN COUNTIES 29581 HWY 89 CANYON DAM CA 95923 C-12 CA LIC. #762465 530 - 284 - 1474 Bring Your Lawn Transforming lackluster lawns to rush and beautiful landscapes is our specialty. We provide a full menu of expert lawn care services formulated to target every issue affecting the hea~ and ~auty of your yard, Call us today to schedule your Free Lawn Analysis & Consultation! Weekly Maintenance Aeration Roto-tilling Debris Removal Weed Eating De-Thatching Graeagle/Clio Customers call: Rose's Yard Service at 283-5519 P.O. 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The reserve champ goat was raised by Linds y Jensen of American Valley and sold for $5 a pound. Again, more money was raised for the Clayton Neer Memorial Fund: Smalley Construction paid $107.50 for young Alexis Brattain's pen of meat birds. The company donated it back to the auc- tion, with Flanigan and Leavitt Insurance jumping on the cause and paying $360 for the birds on the second go-around. At slightly more than 810 a pound, some might consider it an expensive Thanksgiv- ing dinner, but everyone would agree it was money well spent by Brian and Jen- nifer West of Graeagle who paid $375 for Vanessa Valle's grand champion 36.pound turkey also a showman- ship winner. The day's top buyers The top five buyers in to- tal money spent at this year's auction are names fa- miliar to 4-H members and their families, and to numer- ous other clubs and organi- zations throughout the coun- ty as well. The list includes Bengard Ranch. Sierra Val- ley Ranch, Neff Family Ranch, Wilburn Construc- tion and Folchi Rock Gar- den. Other multiple buyers in- cluded Flanigan Leavitt In- surance, George's Process- ing, Sierra Pacific Indus- tries. Plumas Sanitation, Plumas-Sierra Rural Elec- tric, Dobbas Construction, Wilcox Construction, Plumas Bank, Roberti Ranch, Indian Valley Veteri- nary Clinic, Joy Engineer- ing, the Ramelli family and the Leonhardt family. Sale donations The two top beneficiaries of auction resale donations Sunday morning were the Clayton F. Neer Memorial Fund, established last Janu- ary when a freak accident at at Pioneer Elementary School Wed., Aug. 25 & Thurs., Aug. 26 3:30- 5:30pro Join us for some fabulous fun! l Classes start Monday, Aug. 30 at Pioneer Elementary Campus Smile & Enjoy! Richard K. Stockton, CLU ChFC, Agent Insurance Lic #0868653 Providing Insurance & Financial Services 65 W. 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Price guarantees A couple of buyers also wanted to make sure the youth received a fair market value and recognition for their hard work and dedica- tion by guaranteeing a mini- mum. Steen Jensen, M.D., raised the guarantee on goats to $4 per pound and sheep to $3.50 a pound, The Neff family, as they have for several years, upped the price on beef to $2.25 and swine to $3.50. Youthful honors Perry Greene from Feath- er River 4-H won the Gene Drybread Memorial Award -- for the highest-placing first-year beef exhibitor. Others winning seniot~ show- manship were Jessica Rente- ria, Colby Russell and Kendal Tonini. Junior showmanship awards went to Kolbi Toni- ni, Noah Vaglivielo, Calvin Wilson and Taylor Gonzales. Valerie Peters, Josh Greene, Megan Jensen and Logan Carmichael received show- manship awards in the be- ginning class. Josh Green won the Azevedo Memorial Award for beginning swine showmanship. 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