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Local Youths Show Top Livestock at MLE


Published: Friday, September 15, 2023

The Michigan Livestock Expo's "Sale-a-bration" was held July 19 and raised $257,200 from the sale of 36 lots. Several area exhibitors, including Jena Bradley of Cassopolis and Ava Hathaway of Coldwater, were among the big winners.

Bradley showed the grand champion market goat, which sold for $13,250, and Hathaway brought the reserve champion market steer, which fetched $14,000.

Buyers for Bradley's goat were: GreenStone Farm Credit Services, Michigan Farm Bureau, Crystal Flash and Kalmbach Feeds.

Hathaway's steer was purchased by National Beef.

Other area youths appeared in the auction ring with "showcase" animals. Among them were:

• Samia Wildt, Homer, showcase steer, $6,000 to National Beef, Crystal Flash and Kalmbach Feeds;

• Carlie Doehring, Mendon, showcase steer, $5,000 to the Michigan State University Center for Regenerative Agriculture, Crystal Flash and Kalmbach Feeds;

• Londyn Rolen, Hopkins, showcase steer, $4,500 to National Beef, Crystal Flash and Kalmbach Feeds;

• Mitchell Graham, East Leroy, showcase hog, $3,000 to Clemens Food Group and Albright Swine Farms;

• Makenna Modreske, Hopkins, showcase lamb, $3,500 to Varnum and Michigan Farm Bureau;

• Drew Geoge, Niles, showcase lamb, $3,200 to Meijer and YBG Camps;

• Harper Herman, Union City, showcase goat, $4,250 to Pivot Bio and Pine Ridge Farm Services.

• Marley Albrecht, Marshall, showcase goat, $4,000 to Meijer;

• Blaine Pish, Bronson, showcase goat, $4,000 to Clemens Food Group and Meijer;

• Chase Johnson, Edwardsburg, showcase goat, $3,500 to National Beef; and

• Sydney Klingaman, Tekonsha, showcase goat, $15,000 to Meijer.

The highest-selling animal at MLE was the grand champion steer exhibited by Erin Judge of Remus. The steer brought $23,500 courtesy of Meijer and GreenStone Farm Credit Services.

The grand champion market hog was shown by Taryn Hoppa of Fremont. GreenStone Farm Credit Services and Crystal Flash had the high bid of $18,000. Blain Wheeler of Sand Creek brought the reserve champion market hog, selling it for $10,000 to Meijer and Clemens Food Group.

Kate Stewart of Charlotte earned $10,000 from the sale of the grand champion market lamb. The buyers were Foster Swift and Agro Liquid. Davis Hill of Mason sold the reserve champion market lamb for $6,000 to Varnum and Michigan Farm Bureau.

Cash McCauley of Lowell exhibited the supreme champion dairy cow and earned $15,000 from Foster Swift, United Dairy, Cargill, CentralStar Co-op, Michigan Milk Producers Assn., Michigan Farm Bureau, and Doug and Cheri Chapin.

The supreme champion dairy showperson, Olivia Black of Eagle, received $10,500 from Dairy Farmers of America, Mooville Creamery, Golden Elm Dairy, MWC Michigan LLC, Michigan Farm Bureau and United Dairy.

Irene Nielson of Potterville walked away $11,500 richer after selling a dairy product from her supreme champion heifer. The buyers were Caledonia Farmers Elevator, CoBank, Michigan Milk Producers Assn. and Prairie Farms.

Finally, a Michigan cheese basket was auctioned off for $2,000, with the high bid coming from Michigan Milk Producers Assn. management team and CoBank.

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