Quality animals, quality kids, and quality buyers made the 38th 4-H Purple Ribbon Auction, the annual parade of champion beef, lambs, goats and swine set twelve new record prices. The auction raised more than $665,000 in additional premium dollars from 106 head for Minnesota 4-H youth and Animal Science programs.
The Champion Market Beef Steer was the Champion Crossbred Division II Steer shown by Maxwell Ehrich of Faribault County. Ames Construction once again had the successful bid of $34,000 for a new Minnesota record price. The Reserve Champion Market Beef was the Reserve Champion Crossbred Division II Steer shown by Ben Freking of Jackson County was sold with a bid from Farmers Union Industries and Minnesota State Fair Concessionaires for $15,600.
American Foods Group, Central Livestock Association, O&S Cattle Company came together for a record setting bid of $18,000 for this year’s Grand Champion Dairy Steer exhibited by Makenna Jacobs of Freeborn County. The Reserve Champion Dairy Steer shown by Tyler Jax of Mower County was purchased by the American Foods Group for $11,000.
This year’s Champion Crossbred Heavyweight Barrow was named Grand Champion Barrow for Gretta Anderson of Goodhue County, as it sold for $13,000, to Cargill Animal Nutrition. The Reserve Champion Barrow was a Crossbred Heavyweight shown by Thomas Freking of Jackson County and was purchased for $13,000 by purchasing group made up of Hormel Foods, Lockton Companies, EPS, Nutra-Blend, Wilson Trailer, Hog Slat, Triple V Concrete, and Becks Hybred.
The Champion Market Gilt brought a price of $13,000 for Payten Benda of Jackson County when Twin City Concrete made the purchase. The Reserve Champion Market Gilt was exhibited by Addie Nielsen of Freeborn County brought Minnesota Farmers Union Foundation, Farmers Union Agency, and Farmers Union Industries together as they partnered with the final bid of $12,500.
The Grand Champion Market Lamb was the Champion Middleweight Lamb, shown by Lauren Arthur of Steele County. The Minnesota Farmers Union Foundation, Farmers Union Agency, and Farmers Union Industries came together to be the winning bidders for $8,300. The Reserve Champion Market Lamb exhibited by Kelsey Hermanson of Houston County was selected from the heavyweight division and brought $6,550 when Michael Wood Entertainment and Houston County Businesses made the purchase.
The Minnesota Farmers Union Foundation, Farmers Union Agency, and Farmers Union Industries made a bid of $5,250 to purchase the Grand Champion Market Meat Goat exhibited by Elizabeth Krause of Olmsted County. The Grand Champion Dairy Meat Goat was exhibited by Marshall Johnson of Fillmore County and sold for a record price of $6,250 to a group of LongCheng Hmong Meats, Fillmore County Market Auction, and the Rushford Business Association. The Reserve Champion Market Meat Goat was exhibited by Anna Ridenour of Dodge County. Dodge County Purple Ribbon Fund purchased the goat for $5,200.
Proceeds from the 4-H Purple Ribbon Livestock Auction go to the winning 4-H youth and 20% of the funds are designated to further Minnesota 4-H, the Minnesota 4-H Foundation and the Auction Scholarships. Forty 4-H Livestock Auction Scholarships were awarded this year from the premiums received last year and matching dollars thanks to the generous support of Cargill Animal Nutrition, Skyride DMC-Don McClure, LA-CO Industries, Pipestone Grain, Midwest Machinery, Albert Lea Seed House, MN Pork Board, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Riverview LLP/Wulf Cattle, MN Farmers Union, Compeer Financial, Independent Community Bankers of Minnesota, Michael Dove, Gislason & Hunter and Gary Koch, Christensen Farms, Mouth Trap Cheese Curds, Interstate Power Systems, Corn Roast-Brad & Lori Ribar, In Memory of Helen Anderson, RDO Equipment Co., Anderson Seeds, Hormel Foods, Shanghaied Henri’s, Commodity & Ingredient Hedging, Pronto Pups-the Karnis Family, Schroeder Concessions, DLCC Ranch, Dar & Lynn Giess, Holden Farms, Topigs Norsvin USA, MN Simmental Association, Isabel Burke's Salt Water Taffy, Strategic Pork Solutions, Steve Resler, Duke's Poutine, MN State Cattlewomen, Jake & Lindsay Grass, Hubbard Feeds, Kent Thiesse & Steve Pooch, and MN Corn Growers Association. The Minnesota Purple Ribbon Auction is sponsored by the Minnesota Livestock Breeders Association each year.