September 6, 2013
Annual NEWA Fair event sponsored by Stevens County Cattlemen
The annual Fat Stock Sale sponsored by the Stevens County Cattlemen at the Northeast Washington Fair raised over $129,000 last month that went into the pockets of young producers who learned how to raise, show and sell livestock through the event.
Over 80 buyers, including many local businesses and individuals, allowed the 28 beef, 15 sheep, 65 hogs and 11 other animals including goats and chickens to sell for solid prices.
Stevens County Cattlemen’s Association President Scott Nielsen said the Fat Stock Sale is an important opportunity for young people to get started in the livestock industry.
“The kids who sell their animal through the sale have had to put in the time and effort to raise these animals to market weights and it gives them a great opportunity to learn hard work and skills within the livestock industry,” said Nielsen. “We continue to support this event because we know what it means to these kids and we are better off if they stay in our community and gain an interest in the industry.”
Nielsen said while SCCA sponsors the event, it would not be possible without the help of some tireless volunteers.
“We really want to thank our auctioneers, Larry and Carol Enright and Ron Eslick. We also appreciate the efforts from our ringmen Ted Wishon and Rick Larsen as well as Trish Barker and all the Big R store staff that helped out. We also want to recognize all the parents, volunteers and NEWA Fairgrounds staff that make this thing happen,” said Nielsen. “This is an important part of our community and our goal is to continue to sponsor it for many years to come.”
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