SCCA sponsored event rewards young producers
The Stevens County Cattlemen’s Association (SCCA) Fat Stock Sale topped over $300,000 last month, breaking a record for the annual August event.
The Fat Stock Sale has been hosted by SCCA for decades and gives young people in the community the chance to raise and sell an animal at a solid profit. Through the support of generous community members and businesses, young people selling their livestock through the sale routinely make above-market prices for their animals.
“For a lot of our kids, these experiences help them gain confidence in participating in agriculture as a business and give them the seed money for further education and other goals,” said SCCA President Scott Nielsen.
At the 2021 Fat Stock Sale, 41 beef, 12 sheep, 66 swine, 8 goats and 2 rabbits were sold, bringing in $300,102 in revenue. All of the money goes directly to the young producers and none of the funds are held as overhead or commission by SCCA.
“We choose to sponsor this event by providing the auctioneer, the book keeping, the setup and other elements because we know how important this event is to the kids,” Nielsen said. SCCA estimates that the annual cost of running the sale is roughly $2,500.
Even during years when having the sale has been challenging due to an absence of equipment or cancelled events. Last year when the Northeast Washington Fair was cancelled due to the Covid-19 virus, SCCA independently hosted a showing event for young beef producers as well as hosting the regular fat stock sale.
“We are committed to our kids and to this community. We know where there is a will, there is always a way,” Nielsen said.