Livestock sale nets $130,000 for local youth

By Laurie Stone

This year’s Junior Livestock Sale was a smashing hit raising more than $130,000 for the Roosevelt County youth.
Darcee Chenault was the first person to show off her grand champion lamb who sold for $3,200 .
As the auction got under way, Caleb Wideners, 15, who shows pigs, beamed with a smile.
“I’m glad they’re paying large amounts of money for the animals, because it helps the kids,” he said.
Arthur Turnboug of Villa Realty purchased Gowan Hays’ first class goat for $1,800. He said his money was going into a savings account for college.
An excited Tracy Kelm sold his rabbits for $1,350. “ I wasn’t expecting that much money,” “I felt my stomach had left my body, I was so scared when I was showing the rabbits,” Kelm said.
After Reda Allison sold his dairy cow he was giddy with excitement and said that his favorite part of the auction was, “getting lots of money.” Allison’s money, too, was going into a savings account for college.
Ben Smith of Red Roofing Dairy came out to the livestock sale to support the kids, taking part in a process that has come full circle for him.
“I did this when I was growing up and I wanted to return the favor,” said Smith, who purchased a dairy heifer for $4,800. “Doing this makes me feel good. This is what I grew up doing and what I’m doing for a living and helping these kids is something I like to do.”
Each kid that sells an animal at the livestock sale donates $25 from their total amount. Once the auction is over, the donated money goes towards helping new livestock raisers buy their animals.