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Livestock students aim for July 3 auction

It’s all about animals for FFA and 4-H students in the Fallbrook area who are preparing themselves and their animals for the annual Junior Livestock Auction that takes place at the San Diego County Fair during Market Week, from June 29 to July 5.

These students work hard every day with their animals to try and win a blue ribbon from the fair’s judges. The animals are weighed at the fair, put into classes by weight, and then judged for market readiness. When an animal wins a blue ribbon, it means the animal can go through to the auction day to be sold. If the animal does not appear ready to the presiding judge, the animal receives a red ribbon and cannot go through the auction.

A typical FFA or 4-H member invests large amounts of time in training, exercising, preparing, and advertising his or her animal. These animals can be swine, goats, lambs, steers, veal calves, turkeys, chickens, and rabbits. (There won’t be any local Grange members showing at the fair this year.)

The agricultural members also raise their animals from a young age and learn all about the species they have acquired. In raising an animal, the student gains a great deal of knowledge about the animal’s strengths, weaknesses and anatomy. On July 3, the Junior Livestock Auction will take place concluding all the efforts of this year.

As a culmination of livestock raising, more than 1,000 4-H and FFA members will compete for the blue ribbon that allows them to go through the auction. During the auction, people bid for an animal that is presented on a stage. The bidding is for the price- per-pound of the animal.

The money earned from the auction provides an opportunity for the student to buy an animal for next year or to save for educational purposes. The order of sale at the auction consists of swine, goats, rabbits, chickens, turkeys, veal calves, lambs, and finally steers.

Another choice for the bidder could be to donate the animal purchased to the scholarship fund. The original amount paid for the animal goes to the exhibitor that raised it. The animal is then resold and the money goes into the “Junior Livestock Scholarship Fund.” As an added option, the bidder could donate the meat to the Fallbrook Food Pantry.

Everyone is asked to help support their local 4-H and FFA members who are involved with the San Diego County Fair. Anyone interested in purchasing livestock this year, which is hand-raised by local 4-H and FFA members, may contact Lyn Orcutt, Fallbrook 4-H Community Leader at (760) 468-1621 or Doug Sehnert, Fallbrook FFA Advisor at (760) 908-4295 for more information.

Fallbrook FFA and 4-H Junior Livestock Scholarship winners;

Wade Colburn - $4,000, North Carolina State University, Bio-Medical Engineering

Melissa Maultsby - $500, University of the Pacific, Sport Sciences

Josh Metzler - $2,000, Northern Arizona University, Business

Christine Russell - $3,000, Colorado State University, Animal Science

David Salm - $500, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Business

Michele Valencia - $500, Baylor University, Pre-Nursing

Raquel Varela - $500, California State University, Chico, Agriculture Education

Taylor Zumstein - $500, Cal Poly Pomona, Agriculture Business


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