Today Ross and I went to the Northwest Junior Livestock Auction at the Puyallup Spring Fair. Every year the local 4H and FFA kids spend a few days showing their animals and then on Sunday they auction their animals to help pay for their next year’s project. We went to support one of the kids in Kate’s 4H club, Grace. This was her second year raising and showing hogs. This year her hog won a reserve grand champion ribbon in it’s weight class. When I asked her about the differences between dairy goats and hogs she couldn’t have put it any better, “showing goats is like ballet when you compare it to showing hogs. When you show hogs it’s every man for himself”.
It was great talking to the kids about their animal projects and see them market their animals to potential buyers. Additionally, it was great to see the local businesses support the kids by buying their animals as well as giving flat donations. One whole section was taken by the local Les Schwab employees dressed in their signature blue jackets bidding on animals and making donations…maybe that’s how they get all that beef for their “Les Schwab free beef” sales! It inspired us to make a donation to Grace in the name of Millwork Outlet and I hope we can give even more next year.
If you are looking for healthy farm raised beef, lamb or pork please consider attending this auction and supporting your local 4H and FFA kids. You get to meet the kid who worked hard to raise their animal, ask them questions about their animal and it’s super fun to get the winning bid. If you are like Ross and I and you don’t have room for a whole animal, then find a few friends and go in on one together. Ross and I didn’t buy anything this year, but next we will go more prepared and make some room in the freezer…afterall this event combines two of Ross’ favorite things: auctions and meat!
Click HERE to see a video of the auction and Grace’s hog!