by Carol Dunn
LA VETA- From the floorplan bidding through the last of the 4-H project animals, the crowd was supportive and the characters were lively. Floorplan for market beef was bought at 92 cents/pound by Tom Walters, La Junta Livestock. The Grand Champion market beef weighed in at 1,318 pounds and was shown by Jessica Uebler. Top bidder was First National Bank of Pueblo at $2,100. Reserve Champion, at 1,284 pounds was shown by Robert Uebler and brought a bid of $2,000 from Mrs. Bruce Cantrell. Other bids ranged from $1,000 to $2,700, but there was a surprise at the end of the beef sale when it was announced that La Veta Propane would donate funds to bring each sale price to a minimum of $1,500.
Floorplan for market swine was bought by Louis Vezzani at 61 cents/pound. The Grand Champion, at 272 pounds, was shown by Kasie Wagenfehr and fetched a top bid of $2,000 from Bruce Cantrell. The 238-pound Reserve Champion, shown by Tyler Duzenack, went to Frank Menegatti/Capps Ranch for a bid of $1,400.
Grand Champion goat was shown by Rebecca Uebler and brought a bid of $2,500 from Dennis Parker, Menegatti Ranch.
Floorplan on the market sheep was bought by Joe Petramala at 90 cents/pound. Robert Uebler showed the 143-pound Grand Champion, which brought a top bid of $1,500 from Bruce Cantrell. Honey Lou McConnell was top bidder at $1,200 for Karley Corsentino’s 131-pound First-medium sheep.
The 4-H rabbit business was good this year. Top bid for Samantha McCay’s Grand Champion was $800 by Petroglyph Operating Company. The Reserve Champion, raised by Ashton Parker, went to Menegatti Ranch for a bid of $800. Other bids ranged from $500 to $950. According to Sherry Freese, Clerk of Sale, many of the animals are given back to the 4-H students who raised them.