4-H/FFA Livestock Sale

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R &J Transportation purchases the 2015 Grand Champion steer from Erech Noecker a member of the Blue Mt. 4-H Livestock Club.

The 32 annual 4-H and FFA Livestock sale will be held on Thursday, August 4 at 6 PM.  Quality livestock at reasonable prices will be auctioned by Robert Derfler, Auctioneer of Pine Grove.   Robert Derfler of Derfler’s Auctions is master of the sale ring.  He has done this for many years and always adds excitement to the auction.   The sale starts promptly at 6 PM in the Livestock Show Ring of the Schuylkill County Fair.  Buyers may register to bid on an animal starting at 4PM and enjoy a complementary light meal until the auction starts.

You ask why these 4-H/FFA members raise livestock.  How can they part with a “pet?”  First of all these animals are not pets. This type of livestock program is a unique opportunity to use live animals to help youth develop.  Youth learn something about agriculture and livestock production develop an appreciation for the livestock industry.  However, the main objective are to teach life skills and help youth become productive citizens.  The experience of youth owning and working with animals, being responsible for their care, health and growth an exhibiting them in a competitive environment is a tremendous character building process.  Youth livestock projects help develop life skills such as; leadership, communication, decision and making and problem solving skills.  Character building, record keeping and the development of personal responsibility are other skills youth can develop as a result their involvement in the broad range of programs in youth livestock.

Livestock for sale are owned and raised by 4-H/FFA members, who have put a lot of time and hard work into raising and training the animals for this event.  The animals selected by the 4-H/FFA members are chosen for their superior genetics and raised on special diets to present an optimum quality animal for the consumer.

Previews of the livestock for sale can be found at www.auctionzip.com/PA-Auctioneers/1832.html .  Buyers will also receive when purchasing the animal a color photo of the animal with the exhibitor showing the animal.

Proceeds for the sale of these animals go back to the 4-H/FFA members to help with cost of purchasing and feeding the animal.  For further information on the purchase of one of these quality animals see attached brochure on the Schuylkill County Fair website at www.schuylkillfair.com .   The 4-H and FFA members invite you to purchase a quality animal for your use at the Schuylkill County Fair 4-H/FFA Livestock Sale.   Sale is on Thursday evening August 4 starting at 6PM.  Prospective buyers may start to register at 4 PM.

Schuylkill County Fair runs August 1 – 6 where “We have good things growing.”  33 years and growing better with each year.  For more information about the Fair visit the fair web site at www.schuylkillfair.com or follow us on twitter and like us on Facebook.

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