A total of 172 market animals and pens were offered for sale by 4-H and FFA members at the 2015 Junior Market Livestock Sale, held Saturday, Aug. 8, at the county fair.
Sales totaled $228,324.21, including $73,824.08 for 19 beef animals, averaging $3,862.32 per head; $5,299.92 for 12 chicken pens, averaging $441.66 per pen; $31,600.14 for 39 goats, averaging $810.26 per head; $25,499.88 for 27 lambs, averaging $944.44 per head; $1,500 for three rabbit pens, averaging $500 per pen; $86,200.19 for 67 swine, averaging $1,286.57 per head; and $2,250 for five pens of turkeys, averaging $450 per pen.
Total sales for the cheese basket sale were $21,500 for four baskets, averaging $537.50 per basket. The Delta County 4-H and FFA members again thank all the supporters of the Junior Market Livestock Sale.
Last year a total of 196 market animals were sold, with beef averaging $3,341.41 per head, chickens averaging $340.91 per pen, goats averaging $646.58 per head, lambs averaging $747.14 per head, turkeys averaging $450 per pen and swine averaging $1,116.11 per head. Two pens of rabbits went for $450 each and the four cheese baskets averaged $438.75 per basket.
This year's fair drew 248 4-H/FFA exhibitors and 287 open class exhibitors.
Thanks to the efforts of state Rep. Millie Hamner, House District 61, Colorado State University plans to re-open the Rogers Mesa research site.
The facility was taken out of operation in 2011, due to budget cuts throughout the CSU system.