by nathan oster
The numbers are in, and while they fell short of matching last year’s record totals, buyers once again showed their generosity and support for 4-H in the annual Big Horn County Fair junior livestock sale held Friday evening at the fairgrounds.
The total sale this year was $201,069, which does not include add-ons. That’s down from last year, when the 151 animals brought a before-add-on total of $237,131, and also from 2014’s total sale figure of $224,117.
This year, the average sale price for beef was $3.98 per pound. Ten were sold, with Ryan Hoyt’s fetching the top price of $6 per pound. Dr. Jimmie Biles was the buyer.
The 74 hogs that were sold went for $3.95 per pound. Daryn Allred’s brought top dollar, fetching $8 per pound. Nepco was the buyer.
Seventy-nine lambs were sold, at an average price of $6.06 per pound. A lamb belonging to the Ashley Miller, the Basin teen now in a Billings hospital recuperating from injuries sustained in a one-car rollover, brought the most, selling for $13 per pound to Michael Vigil Farms.
Seventeen goats bround an average of $6.32 per pound. Thane Zollman’s goat fetched the highest average, getting $10 per pound. Red Apple was the purchaser.
In all, 181 animals were sold this year. In terms of the averages, the sale price for beef was the only one that went up this year, climbing from $3.18 last year to $3.98 this year. The hog average dropped from $5.42 to $3.94, the lamb average from $7.92 to $6.06 and the goat average from $9.33 to $6.32.