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Boyle County youths prepare for their fifth livestock sale

August 27, 2003|BRENDA S. EDWARDS

Twenty-six Boyle County youths will sell animals they have cared for during the past year at the fifth annual Investment in Youth Livestock Sale at 7 p.m. Sept. 4 at Boyle County Stockyards.

All of the animals have won prizes at local and district fairs and at the Kentucky State Fair, said Jerry Little, county extension agricultural agent.

He said the 42 animals to be sold - 19 lambs, 12 goats, seven steers and four hogs - reflect an increase of nine over the sale last year.

"We've got a good selection of animals this year," said Ray Graves, chairman of the sale committee.

He said a representative from the state Department of Agriculture in Frankfort will be on hand prior to the sale to show the exhibitors how to grade their animals.

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Each youth can sell two animals, but some sell only one, Graves said.

He said the numbers of lambs and goats are up this year.

"The smaller type animals are easier for the kids to take care of," Graves said. "They're a good start for the kids."

He said each exhibitor will have a display of how they worked with their animals this year and where they were showed and placed.

Graves also expects a good turnout of buyers.

"We're looking for a lot of buyers, and we also invite the whole community to the sale," he said.

The youth sale began in September 1999 to help 4-H and Future Farmers of America members with livestock projects get higher rewards for their efforts.

The first sale featured 18 youngsters with their prize animals. The top animal, a steer, sold for $4,655.

A meal is scheduled prior to the sale at 5:30 p.m. at Farmers Tobacco Warehouse near the stockyards. The meal is for participants and potential buyers, said Little.

The menu will include meat grilled by the Boyle County Cattlemen's Association.

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