WEST MEAD TOWNSHIP —
Where’s the beef?
A brand-new program — 4-H Dairy Beef — added a new element to this year’s cheese yield auction.
Bull calves born between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28 of this year were eligible. One hundred percent dairy breeding was required, with Holsteins preferred but Ayrshire, brown Swiss, Guernsey, Jersey, milking shorthorn and red & whites were also eligible. No crossbreeds were allowed. Each calf had to be steered and raised to show at the fair and all 4-H members raising dairy beef were required to participate in the showmanship contest for dairy beef.
All eight exhibitors participating in the dairy beef program were required to sell their animals during the dairy beef auction that followed the cheese yield auction.
Each buyer had a choice of taking the steer home to finish it out themselves or selling the animal to a group buyer who offered to buy any animals not taken home for a base price of $400 with the original buyer paying the difference between the winning bid and the base price. This year, half the buyers kept their steers and half sold to the group buyer.
The eight steers sold for a total of $5,500, averaging $694. The highest sale price, $1,000, was paid by Village Auto and went to Breanna Peters of Townville Champs 4-H Club for her Grand Champion Dairy Beef Steer, a Holstein named Cookie D. Monster.
Mary Spicer can be reached at 724-6370 or by e-mail at email@example.com.