An impressive 840 animals were sold by 4-H and FFA students during the California Mid-State Fair Junior Livestock Auction on Saturday, compared to 771 animals sold last year. This year’s auction brought in $2,166,855 in estimated sales, according to unofficial results.
Per pound prices varied compared to last year: The average price for hogs was $9.30 per pound, up from $8.75 last year, while the the average price for goats also was up at $13.22 per pound compared to $12.96 last year. The average price for steers was $4.07 per pound, down from $4.52 last year; for lambs, the average price was $12 per pound, down from $12.37 last year.
Mackenzie Ramsey of Templeton 4-H sold the Grand Champion Heifer for $10,500 and Jenna Lee of Edna 4-H sold the Reserved Grand Champion Heifer for $7,500.
Lilly Hildebrand of Templeton FFA sold the FFA Champion Heifer for $10,000 and Wyatt Judge of San Luis Obispo FFA sold the FFA Reserve Champion for $5,000.
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Vanessa Soto of Templeton FFA sold the Grand Champion Hog for $20 per pound and Tony Quintero of Carissa Plains 4-H sold the Reserved Grand Champion Hog for $17 per pound.
Cori Walker of Templeton FFA sold the Grand Champion Goat for $21 per pound and Joseph Teixeira of Edna 4-H sold the Reserved Grand Champion Goat for $40 per pound.
Kaci Walker of Templeton FFA sold the Grand Champion Lamb and Julia Aurignac also of Templeton FFA sold the Reserved Grand Champion Lamb, both for $22 per pound.
Wyatt DeBusk of Atascadero FFA sold the Grand Champion Steer for $7 per pound and Carly Wheeler of Santa Luca 4-H sold the Reserved Grand Champion Steer for $10 per pound.
Ian Barnhill of Cerro Alto 4-H sold both the Grand Champion Rabbits and Reserved Grand Champion Rabbits for $1,050 and $900 respectively.
Nathan Bourgault of Paso Robles FFA sold the Grand Champion Market Broilers for $3,200 while Aeven Sylvester of Canyon Country 4-H sold the Reserved Grand Champion Market Broilers for $1,500.