Why Buy 4-H Meat?
The Park County 4 H Livestock Committee is asking you to consider supporting the 2016 Park County Junior Livestock Sale. The primary benefit to you is being able to buy reasonably priced, high quality meat.
Steers average about a 215-day feeding program. Sheep and hogs are fed an average of 78 days. Animals are exercised in a relatively stress free environment to develop a high quality carcass. In past years, most of the Park County 4-H beef has graded out at a USDA Choice or Prime level.
Feeding livestock for market is a business venture for our young people. Producing a quality meat animal that meets grading standards and returns a profit for the youth is a challenge. As a buyer, your participation in the sale encourages and recognizes youth for their time, expense and effort that has gone into raising an animal for market.
If you are a business owner, you may also obtain advertising value that accrues through the purchasing of these animals. If you can attend the sale in person, it is an event that you will not forget. The excitement of the event and the drama of the auctioneer’s cry create an unforgettable scene.
The Park County Junior Livestock Auction will be held Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 3:00pm in the Livestock Barn at the Park Fairgrounds in Fairplay, Colorado. Buyer registration starts at 2:00 PM. A pig roast buffet dinner for buyers will be held at 5:00pm.
We hope to see you there.
Thank You for your support of 4-H programs in Park County,
Park County 4-H Livestock Committee
Adam Shirley, President
The 4-H market livestock programs require all participant to adhere to wholesome meat practices. Each member is trained to raise their animals using principals that ensure the healthiest product available.
No hormones or steroids allowed
Antibiotic and other medication withdrawal periods are strictly enforced
All livestock feed utilizes quality grain and hay
When purchasing a 4-H animal you are supporting the 4-H programs of Park County and the State of Colorado. Youth who participate in 4-H livestock projects learn valuable skills such as personal responsibility, decision making and have a better understanding of livestock production and management practices. 4-H members also get involved in their community through service projects. Many 4-H members save their earnings for education. By purchasing a 4-H animal you may be helping to put a young person through college!
A Good Deal
When you purchase a 4-H meat animal you are getting meat at better than grocery store prices. Since you are purchasing all cuts of meat at once, the average price reflects the price of all cuts including steaks and roasts. This is a great deal! Purchasing a year’s supply of meat at one time may be a considerable financial commitment but the savings will more than make up for that initial cost.
Steps to Purchase Great Meat
- Decide what you can afford (See the table below for average costs). If you cannot afford, or cannot use, an entire animal, go in with one or more partners. Beef can be divided four ways, Lamb and Pork two ways. If you cannot find a partner, come to the auction and the Livestock Committee will match you up with other buyers, or contact John or Bonnie Logan at 303-838-7994 prior to July 15th.
- Come to the Auction or designate a bidder. Bidding is done by the pound of animal weight.
- Fill out a cut sheet for each animal purchased (specify size of steaks and roasts, types of sausage, curing, etc.)
- Pay the Park County 4-H Livestock Committee for the animal.
- Animals are shipped to the packing plant by the Livestock Committee after the auction.
- Wait 2-3 weeks.
- Pick up your meat at the appropriate processing plant (pay for processing at this time).