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Several records set at 4-H Purple Ribbon Auction

By Janet Kubat Willette

Date Modified: 09/11/2013 10:24 AM

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FALCON HEIGHTS, Minn. — An Olmsted County 4-H'er again set a record with her Grand Champion Market Beef at the Minnesota 4-H Purple Ribbon Auction held Aug. 24.

Stephanie Krause showed the Grand Champion Market Beef. The animal sold for $17,000, $1,000 more than last year. Ames Construction again was the buyer.

Krause wasn't alone in setting a new record selling price.

Paige Netzke, of Redwood County, sold her Reserve Champion Market Beef for a record $11,200. Farmers Union Industries was the winning bidder.

Also setting a new record was the Champion Market Gilt. The gilt shown by Evan King, of Le Sueur County, brought $8,000. It was purchased by Farmers Union, Farmers Union Agency and Friends of Evan King.

And Waseca County's Erin Larson sold her Grand Champion Market Meat Goat for a record $5,550. A coalition of bidders: Long Cheny Hmong Meats, Big Gain, Whitewater Creek Feed and Grain and the Waseca County Auction Supporters partnered to set the record.

The Reserve Champion Dairy Steer shown by Grace Lewison, of Steele County, tied the record price of $7,500. The purchasing group was made up of Interstate Power, Minnesota State Fair Concessionaires and the Steele County Purple Ribbon Club.

In the swine area, a sister-brother duo had the top hogs.

This year's Grand Champion Barrow was a purebred Yorkshire exhibited by Ashlyn Reuter, of Mower County. The Reserve Champion Barrow was a crossbred shown by Braden Reuter.

Their siblings, Camryn and Colton, also had hogs in the auction.

Ashlyn's hog brought $10,000. The purchasing group was lead by Hormel, Pioneer Seeds, ADM Alliance Nutrition, AgStar Financial Services and the Mower County Purple Ribbon Club.

Braden's hog brought $8,000. It was purchased DeKalb/Asgrow, AgStar Financial Services and the Mower County Purple Ribbon Club.

Stephanie Krause's brother, Logan, exhibited the Grand Champion Market Lamb. It was bought by SAFRAN Cenco International for $6,000.

In total, the Minnesota 4-H Purple Ribbon Livestock Auction netted in excess of $450,000.

"We broke a record, we were very, very pleased with the auction," said Steve Pooch, secretary/treasurer of the Minnesota Livestock Breeders Association. "It went great. We had a lot of support from all over the state."

The auction is ran by the 4-H auction committee. The committee is made up of members of the livestock breeders association, people who've had kids in the auction and others interested in the promotion of youth in agriculture.

Proceeds from the auction go to the winning 4-H youth and 20 percent of the funds are designated to Minnesota 4-H, the Minnesota 4-H Foundation and auction scholarships.