BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. — On the final Sunday of the Saratoga County Fair the Saratoga County 4-H held their very first Market Auction. It was a complete success! Seven bidders contended for five lambs and two chickens for a total of $6,216, with the majority of the animals donated back and resold to benefit the 4-H program.
Colin Anderson, Wyatt Short, and Carter Short brought their lamb projects, each of which averaged 100lbs. Two twelve-pound meat birds were sold by Nathaniel McDevitt. The 4-H Market Auction is a unique program and for the first time, Saratoga County 4-H initiated an opportunity for its members. From January to July 2022, these youth learned all aspects of the market process, including animal nutrition, evaluation and selection, welfare, marketing, and processing. They should each be very proud of the hard work and dedication they invested in their projects and the monumental success of the event!
Saratoga County 4-H also extends gratitude to the buyers, Joe Anderson, Leo Wood, Andrei Wrench, Emily Vincent, Cody Kilcoyne, Jadon Flinton, and Brieanna Hughes, as well as the sponsors Capital Tractor, Cambridge Valley Livestock, Farm Family Insurance, and Argyle Structures.
There will be a Market Auction in 2023 and details will be released soon. The goal is to bring at least ten 4-H members into next year’s event. 4-H is the Youth Outreach component of Cornell Cooperative Extension that connects youth 5 -19 years of age to hands-on learning opportunities that help them grow into competent, caring, contributing members of society. Joining is easy and membership is $5. To learn more, go to ccesaratoga.org.
–Cornell Cooperative Extension,Saratoga County