David Stutzman participates in livestock sale 07.21.10

Written by David Green.

A Morenci area youth participated in the second annual Michigan Livestock Expo “Sale-abration” auction Tuesday.

David Stutzman was selected to enter a showcase market steer weighing 1,360 pounds. Seven other steers will be offered in the beef sale, including Katie Geiman’s (Carleton) grand champion market steer.

Other sales will include swine, sheep, goats and dairy.

Among hundreds of entries, Stutzman was one of 28 youth contenders selected. Three additional dairy representatives were chosen later. The sale took place at the Michigan State University Livestock Pavilion auditorium.

Through a series of exhibition contests over the weekend, judges selected the finalists for the Sale-abration. The Great Lakes Grand Purebred and Crossbred market animals represent livestock that have been bred, born and raised in Michigan.

Youth typically apply earnings from the auction to their current or future college expenses and/or invest the money back into their youth livestock projects. Proceeds above a sales cap support the Michigan Youth Livestock Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships and educational awards to youths involved in livestock exhibition activities. Last year’s inaugural auction raised $100,600 thanks to purchases by more than 60 individual and collective buyers.

Bill Sheridan of the Mason-based Sheridan Realty & Auction Co. provided the auction services for the event.

Prior to the sale, competitors, buyers and special guests were treated to a private reception featuring a wide array of Michigan-produced food and beverages to further celebrate Michigan’s agriculture industry. 

The Michigan Livestock Expo caters to young people from across the state between the ages of 8 and 20, and is sponsored by a large group of agricultural supporters including the Michigan Farm Bureau, GreenStone Farm Credit Services, United Producers, Inc., Kalmbach Feeds, Varnum Law Firm, Michigan Milk Producers Association, Corn Marketing Program of Michigan and Michigan State University.

More information is available at www.milivestock.com. 

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