The Stevens County Cattlemen’s Association (SCCA) recently confirmed their plans to host a fat stock sale in 2021, with the last week of August as the tentative date. The association is encouraging youth in the area to continue their plans to raise livestock for the event.
SCCA President Scott Nielsen said despite challenges associated with Covid restrictions in 2020, the show and sale both went well, providing an important experience for young people.
“We will once again be supporting an independent Livestock Show that is being organized by the Beef Barn Superintendent, Jenna Barker Olson, and her crew of Jessica Jabaay, Angie Esvelt and many others,” said SCCA President Scott Nielsen. “Jenna said last year’s show was so well received, we decided to make it an annual event. We all look forward to the fair and our livestock show will be a great way to help prepare the Beef projects for the fair.”
By ensuring young people can successfully raise and sell livestock in Stevens County, the livestock show and fat stock sale affirms to young people that agriculture is essential.
“If we start telling kids that raising and selling livestock is not essential, we discourage them from viewing farming and ranching as real jobs,” Nielsen said. “We need the next generation to be interested and willing to feed our nation.”
Nielsen said SCCA is hopeful the sale will be part of the Northeast Washington Fair, but the association is willing to host both events if the fair is cancelled again or if including the sale in the fair is not possible.
“Our association has hosted and managed the sale for decades and we continue to be committed to its success,” Nielsen said. “Kids work long and hard for the reward and satisfaction of being part of the fat stock sale. We recognize the importance of that effort and will continue to provide a market for them.”