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Auction brings in $1.2 million

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At KC Junior Livestock Show

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    Courtney Meyer eyes the judge as she parades her goat around the arena during Friday’s Kendall County Junior Livesock Show at the KC Youth Ag & Equestrian Center. Star photo by Keith E. Domke
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    David Ortega leads his steer around the arena on Friday morning during the annual Kendall County Junior Livestock Show. Star photo by Keith E. Domke
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    Mallory Ledoux shows her pig on Friday. Star photo by Keith E. Domke

After a dark and stormy Friday night the clouds parted on a beautiful Saturday morning at the Kendall County Youth Agriculture and Equestrian Center. Hundreds of children and their parents rushed around the barn brushing cows, tending sheep and goats and rustling pigs for the Kendall County Junior Livestock Association auction and sale.

Friday night, the reserve and grand champions were chosen. Saturday, the youth brought the livestock to the auction block where buyers threw out tax-deductible bids for the animals the students have been working with all year.

Association Vice President Joe Lozano said add-on bids still will come in, but as of Sunday night the auction total was about $1.2 million.

In all, more than 400 county youth in grades 2 through 12 participated. Entries topped 700.

Names like Mat-kin-Hoover Engineering and Frost Bank were called as frequent high bidders during the auction sale. But rather than the highest bidder always taking the animal, all the bids were collected and the student showing the animal got to take home the pot.

The animals were then sent to market, and Lozano said the association keeps part of the proceeds for costs and student scholarships.

But the purpose of the sale is to fund future ag projects for the youth and to help beef up their college funds. One father said the family most likely wouldn’t break even on their prize steer that went for $5,500.

First up for bidding were the grand and reserve champions with big burly steers, smiling goats, chubby pigs and naked tailless lambs trotting the hay-lined pen in front of the buyer’s ring. Cleaned turkeys and broilers were brought out in bags with only their owners to smile for them as the auctioneer rattled off suggestions and kept the cash flowing.

Lozano said the students technically can use the prize money as they see fit, but most put it right back into their next agricultural project or college fund.

Kendall County Junior Livestock Association Show

Winners

Grand champions

• Market steers: Cole Dutton

• Market goats: Turner Matkin

• Market lambs: Rodalyn Dunham

• Market swine: Blaze Mock

• Market turkeys: Blake Burkholder

• Market broilers: Brooke Hannasch

• Ag mechanics: Brandon Rodriguez

Reserve champions

• Market steers: Carsyn Bradley

• Market goats: Karsan Kurtz

• Market lambs: Emily Peters

• Market swine: Avery Esser

• Market turkeys: Blake Burkholder

• Market broilers: Judd Lozano

• Ag mechanics: Cade Vick