DUNKIRK, N.Y. — Chautauqua County 4-H Youth Development will hold the 54th annual Meat Animal Sale at the Warren K. Brown Show Arena on the grounds of the Chautauqua County Fair on Friday, July 20th, 2018. The sale begins at 12:00pm noon.
4-Her’s across the county have been working hard since October to raise top-quality animals for the annual sale. This year 70 hogs, 15 market goats, 15 pairs of market chickens, 40 lambs, and 30 steers will be available for purchase.
Market animal projects offer youth a unique experience to learn animal husbandry, feed and nutrition, cuts of meat, how to train an animal to lead, and current industry standards for their species. Not all of the work is in the barn, however. Youth keep accurate medical, nutrition, and financial records for every animal project. They are also encouraged to market that animal to people in the community so that they are sure to get a fair price for their hard work on sale day.
Are you a first-time buyer at the 4-H Meat Animal Sale? Don’t be shy! Arrive early and walk through the barns to see what animals you may be interested in. If a youth has approached you before the fair, be sure to stop in, say hello, and check on the animal you may be purchasing. Make sure that you get a sale book which lists in order every animal that will be sold during the sale. There are no bidder numbers—simply raise your hand and the auctioneer or a spotter will be happy to take your bid.
Once the gavel falls and you have purchased the animal, head down to the show ring for a photo. You’ll also be handed a clipboard with your sales receipt. You’ll need to fill out your contact information as well as processor trucking information for your animal. Once you purchase an animal it stays on display at the fair until Sunday when it is shipped to the processor of your choice. After your photo head into the Swine Barn where you can pay for your animal with cash or check. It’s just that easy!
A small portion of every sale goes to Chautauqua County 4-H. Youth development programming in Chautauqua County connects youth to hands-on learning opportunities that help them grow into competent, caring, contributing members of society. By completing various projects youth learn patience, teamwork, and other valuable life skills. For more information about 4-H please visit cce.cornell.edu/Chautauqua.
The 4-H Youth Development Program is one of many programs offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County (CCE-Chautauqua). CCE-Chautauqua is a community based educational organization, affiliated with Cornell University, Chautauqua County Government, the NYS SUNY system, and the federal government through the United States Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. For more information, call 716-664-9502 or visit our website at www.cce.cornell.edu/chautauqua. Cornell University Cooperative Extension provides equal program and employment opportunities.
–Cornell Cooperative Extension Chautauqua County