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Community showed great generosity for 4-H sale
The annual Estevan Rotary 4-H Show and Sale, held Thursday evening at the Estevan Exhibition Association’s grounds, had a memorable start and the support continued throughout the event.
The grand champion steer, raised by Casie Brokenshire, was sold for $12 per pound to Southland Pulse Inc., following a lengthy bidding war for the 1,320-pound animal. The steer has been registered for a cattle show at the Calgary Stampede, which is now underway.
The reserve champion steer, tipping the scales at 1,420 pounds and raised by Ava Mann, was sold for $6.75 per pound to IG Wealth Management.
A total of 58 steers were sold, and the average sale price was $5.25 per pound.
“It was outstanding. The high seller was our grand champion steer,” said Kristen Fornwald with the 4-H Show and Sale.
“It was an outstanding evening, and I just want to thank all of the businesses and people that came out and supported the kids and their projects,” she added later.
Young people from the Outram-Madigan, Benson, Browning, Crossroads and Steelman 4-H clubs participated in the sale. Both Mann and Brokenshire are part of the Outram-Madigan club.
Fornwald said the 4-H clubs have always been very fortunate to have the backing of local businesses during the sale.
“We’ve always been … honoured to have a strong sale,” said Fornwald. “Most of the kids, we’ve asked them to get out and invite people to the sale. And I think the kids have done a good job of getting out and visiting businesses to attend the steer sale, and … answering a lot questions from them as to what it’s all about and the impact that buying a steer from one of these kids has on them.”
The event continues to grow, and it’s thanks to kids, families and businesses in the area, she said. Fornwald noted they had buyers from Regina, Carlyle and other communities this year.
The sale had to be held indoors at one of the exhibition association’s riding arenas, thanks to rain that struck the Estevan area earlier in the day. But that didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the buyers.
Awards were handed out before the sale began. And the event capped three days of 4-H activities in the Estevan area.
“We had a great group of kids involved and families involved. I think the kids all learned a lot and had a lot of fun and worked really hard. Everything went off really well. We had an excellent group of volunteers … as well as the Estevan Exhibition Association always providing the exceptional facility for us to host it,” said Fornwald.
The Benson, Outram-Madigan, Browning and Steelman clubs held achievement days in the two days prior to the awards and sale. The Crossroads club’s achievement day was held previously.
Fornwald noted the number of steers was a little higher than most years, but they tend to have between 50 or 60 steers. And there might have been a few more females at the achievement days than normal.
“It was a really good week,” she said on Friday. “Everyone’s pretty tired and trying to regroup today, but it was well worth it, but it’s always a great three days there.”