by nathan oster
It was another record year for the Big Horn County Fair’s junior livestock sale.
The sale, the featured attraction of Friday night’s fair lineup, was held for the first time in the new Big Horn REA Arena. Out of the sun and protected from the elements, buyers had no trouble finding their wallets. By night’s end, they had forked out nearly a quarter of a million dollars in support of the county’s youth.
This year’s sale set another record, as the 151 animals that were put up for sale fetched $237,131.50. That total does not include any add-ons, which as of Monday had yet to be calculated.
It was the second consecutive year in which the sale set a record. In 2014, the 149 animals that were put up by their owners last year fetched $224,117, an increase of 18 percent competed to the 2013 total sale figure of $188,756.
Looking at average sale prices, swine, goats and lambs saw slight upticks, while the average beef sale fell slightly.
This year’s sale featured 24 beef that sold for an average of $3.18 per pound, down from $4.11 per pound in 2014. Tyler Dalin’s steer as well as those of Ryan Hoyt and Will Dalin tied for the top price per pound, each getting $4.50. Dalin’s steer was the heaviest of the three, though, and ended up bringing the most, $6,525. Blair’s was the buyer.
The eight goats sold for an average of $9.33 per pound, up from $8.33 per pound. The top seller belonged to Aiden Henson and brought $17 per pound, or a total of $1,104.83. Linton’s Big R was the buyer.
Sixty two lambs were sold, bringing an average of $7.92 per pound, up from $6.45 last year. Sarahgrace Miller’s lamb was the top seller, bringing $14 per pound and a total of $1,764. Synergy was the buyer.
In the pigs, it was Chase Lewis and everyone else. His hog brought $16 per pound, $5 per pound more than the next closest, and a total of $3,920. S&L Industrial made the purchase. Fifty-five hogs were sold; they brought an average of $5.42 per pound, up from $4.91 last year.
Two rabbits were sold and each brought $300 for their respective sellers.