Columbia and Greene Counties 4-H is proud to announce that the annual 4-H Livestock Sale, held during the Columbia County Fair, is entering its 28th year. Anyone can be a bidder, joining us at 1:30 PM on Monday, September 2 at the Show Ring on the Columbia County Fairgrounds in Chatham. Plan to arrive early to register for your bidder number and take your seat in the stands. Swine, goats, lambs, beef, and chickens will be available for sale.
The sales’ founder, Phil Trowbridge and perennial ring steward, Mike Shanahan, will be working the ring with a new auctioneer this year, Ed Morgan. They, along with the volunteer members of the 4-H Livestock Advisory Committee, work hard to ensure the 4-H members have a great sale to participate in.
The Livestock Sale is part of the 4-H Market Livestock Project, designed to teach the youth about raising animals for meat production. They attend educational meetings about proper handling, market specifications and business aspects. Throughout the year the youth use this knowledge to care for their animals – feeding, grooming, exercising and working with them so they are ready for the county fair 4-H show. On the business end, the 4-H livestock owners keep financial records and encourage prospective bidders to join us for the sale. Each 4-H member must complete this project to be able to participate in the auction sale and only blue ribbon animals with a rating of “excellent” qualify for sale.
The proceeds of the sale benefit Columbia County’s 4-H youth livestock producers, the next generation of farmers in Columbia County. You may purchase a live animal for processing, to take home or donate the animal back. If you choose to have the animal processed, you will decide on how you want it cut with an expert at the auction to assist you. For this option, you will pay the processing fees and the 4-H’er will hand deliver your meat, all vacuum-packed and labeled! If you decide to donate the animal back, it will be re-sold later in the auction to support the Columbia and Greene 4-H livestock program.
Columbia County Fair
182 Hudson Ave
Chatham, NY 12037