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8B Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015 Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Carter Kingdon sells his grand champion steer to Dig It Construction at the Plumas-Sierra Junior Livestock auction. The beefy 1,315-pounder fetched $5,391.50. Photos by Tim Pitlock Ron and Stephanie Horton are the proud owners of Annie Froggatt's grand champion meat goat for $864. That's a big turkey. Young Micah Edwards sold his grand champion turkey for the day's top per-pound price of $11.75 to Tony and Lisa Balbiani. i g t livest for youth k auction Mike Taborski Publisher There is little doubt the members of the local 4-H and Future Farmers of America programs were thrilled with the final results of this year's Plumas-Sierra Junior Livestock Auction held the final day of the county fair, Sunday, Aug. 16. With five fewer animals sold this year, 106 compared to 111 last year, buyers at the auction rewarded the region's dedicated youth with a remarkable $190,782 payday. Homegrown auctioneer Wesley Neer did a masterful job working a generous crowd of buyers that packed the sales area that morning, showing their support for the hard-working youths (and their families) involved in the 4-H and FFA programs. This year in the sale there were 27 head of beef, 42 hogs, 28 sheep, 8 goats and one turkey. Sale of champions Dig It Construction in Chester paid $5,391.50 for Indian Valley FFA member Carter Kingdon's 1,315-pound grand champion steer. It sold for $4.10 a pound. David Leonhardt's reserve champion steer went for $4 a pound. Buyer Cody Anderson, a former Quincy resident who now pitches for the Cleveland Indians, sent a family member to the auction on his behalf. The 1,372-pounder sold for $5,488. The American Valley 4-H'er also won the Gene Drybread Memorial Award. The grand champion hog, also the swine showmanship winner, sold for $5.50 per pound to one of the many perennial buyers, Bengard Ranch. The plump 276-pound pig netted Kealey Froggatt, of American Valley 4-H, $1,518. Samantha Busselen sold her 2,278-pound reserve champion hog to the Safeway Stores -- also" a familiar name at the auction each year -- for $4.50 a pound. They donated the animal back to be resold with those proceeds earmarked to benefit the auction.. For the second consecutive year, American Valley 4-H'er Rachel Wehrman raised the grand champion sheep. This year it was Reno-Sparks Tractor and Equipment paying $6 a pound for the 131-pounder. Rachel's sheep was also the senior sheep showmanship winner. And again for the second consecutive year, Grace Bristol raised the reserve champion lamb and it went for $6.00 a pound to another regular buyer at the auction, Sierra Pacific Industries. Big auction supporters Ron and Stephanie Horton, Quincy's Les Schwab Tire Store owners, paid $9.00 a pound for the grand champion goat, raised by Annie Froggatt from the Feather River 4-H. Rachael Fogleman sold her reserve champion 92-pound goat to George's Custom Meats for $7 per pound. Micah Edwards, from the Loyalton club, won the honor of top price per pound with the sale of the grand champion market turkey. Tony and Lisa Balbiani paid Rachel Wehrman displays her grand champion sheep for the second consecutive year. Wehrman sold the sheep for $786 to buyer Reno=Sparks Tractor and Equipment. Kealey Froggatt earns $1,518 when Bengard Ranch bought her plump 276-pound grand champion swine. $11.75 a pound for the meaty auction included many Bresciani Insurance and support as he sees every year 32-pound bird. familiar names: Bengard Phillip Bresciani donated an at,the Plumas-Sierra auction. Ranch, Coates Tire/Les animal back to benefit the"It's great to see people pay Clayton Floyd Neer 4-H Schwab Portola, Collins McElduff Foundation. for the breakfast, trucking Memorial Fund Pine, Caroline Correira, Other large contributors to and virtually all the other Special purchases made by Dobbas Ranch, Bryan the success of the sale costs associated with the sale Dr. Steen Jensen, Indian Griffin Construction, included the Neff Family because that means the kids Valley Construction, Charlie Horton Tire Center/Les Ranch, which again paid for are able to net nearly and Marylynn Neer, and Neer Schwab Quincy, Indian the live trucking. Plumas-everything from the sale of Custom Cut and Wrap helped Creek Vet Clinic, Steen Sierra Telecommunications their animals." raise money for the Clayton Jensen, MD, McGarr paid the auctioneer's fees. Floyd Neer 4-H Memorial Fund. Excavation, Meyers Ranch, The Plumas County SheriffsAward winners The fund was established to Jeremy Mouser, Napa Auto EmplQyees Association Other 4-H and FFA make interest-free loans to Parts-Susanville, Greg picked up the tab for the showmanship winners not 4-H'ers to help kick-start their Ramelli - Ramelli Ranch, buyers' breakfast and D&L already mentioned include respective projects. The loans Roen Ranch, Johnny Roen, Distributing provided Mason Williams, 4-H are repaid once the kids Sierra Pacific Industries drinks. Round Table Pizza beginning beef; Farris Smith, receive the proceeds from the and Sierra Valley Feed and Subway provided the 4-H senior beef; Nichole sale of their animals. Certainly notable for lunch and Bullet Cardona, junior swine; Those youth interested in bumping up the price per Information Technologies Veronica Vasquez, FFA meat applying for a loan from this pound on several sales to and Sean Harris took care of goat; Emerson Hood, 4-H special fund should contact ensure the kids were fairly the sale's omsite IT junior sheep; Bowdy Griffin, their 4-H advisor, compensated for all their accounting needs. FFA beef; Allie Davis, FFA hard work were Dobbas Wesley Neer, who swine; Lewis Carmichael, 4-H Top buyers, price bumps Ranch, Grandi Ranch, Steenauctioneers at a number ofbeginning meat goat; Louise and other large donors Jensen MD, Pardner Farm youth livestock auctions, Lysen, FFA sheep; and Buyers with multiple Supply, Leonhardt Ranch and once again said he has never Kristin Roberti, 4-H junior purchases at this year's attorney Bret Cook. seen as much community beef. "It's one of the Stacy Fisher Staff Writer Rotary President Terry Johnson presented a check for $300 from the Rotary Club of Chester to Almanor-Chester 4-H Club members Delaney Dreith, 17, Nichole Cardona, 12, and Maddisen Dreith, 15, on Aug. 20, to purchase an animal scale so club members could record the weight of'their animals. Johnson said funds donated to various causes come from contributions through the generosity of individuals, community partnerships, and from fundraising efforts during the year. "It's one of the things I love about the Rotary Club," Johnson said. "It funnels so much money back into the community for various important needs," such as school and vocational scholarships, community service projects, music programs, book donations, and local organizations needing assistance. Bm Johnson adds that everyone is welcome to join the Rotary Club's weekly meeting at 7 a.m. every Thursday morning at Sierra Meadows Senior Apartments, 460 Melissa Ave., in the general meeting room. For information about the Rotary Club, call Terry Johnson at 256-2749, or email: Almanor-Chester 4-H Club members Delaney Dreith, 17, Nichole Cardona, 12, and Maddisen Dreith, 15, receive a check for $300 from Chester Rotary President Terry Johnson (far right) to purchase an animal scale. Photo submitted i!!ii things I love about the Rotary Club. It funnels so much money back into the community for various important needs, such as school and vocational scholarships, community service projects, music programs, book donations, and local organizations needing assistance." Terry Johnson, President, Chester Rotary Club F i !