Grocery chain Meijer was again the top buyer at the Michigan Livestock Expo (MLE) Auction of Champions, buying four animals, including the Grand Champion, for a total of $51,500.
The Expo, in its ninth year, culminates in the Sale-Abration, in which young people who have risen to the top of their respective classes have their animals auctioned in the Sale of Champions.
This year’s grand champion Market Beef was the top seller. Shown by Justin Ruggles of Kingston, the animal was bought by Meijer for $26,000.
The second-highest price paid was $11,000 for Blissfield’s Spencer Fisher’s showcase market beef. Two other animals were auctioned for $10,000.
“We’re very grateful for Meijer and all the other buyers,” said Kelsey Maye, sales manager for the MLE. “Every year, Meijer shows up and continues to support the event as much as they can. It’s also played a big part in recruiting buyers, and Dave Neitzel (the buyer for Meijer) is there every year, and also is on the MLE board.”
While the $220,400 figure is not a sales record, “it’s still a pretty great sale,” Maye said. “We raised $79,200, $8,000 more than in 2016, for the youth scholarship fund, so we’re real pleased about that.”
As the MLE continues to grow, it will reach a milestone in 2018.
“We’re very excited for next year’s 10th anniversary,” Maye said. “We all think it’s a pretty big deal, and mark my words, next year will be big.”
|Alissa Boersen of Zeeland showed in the Showcase Market Beef category, placing third. The animal sold for $7,600.|
| Jena Bradley of Cassopolis sold her seventh-place Showcase Market Lamb for $4,100. |
|Morgan Kennedy of Perry appeared in the sale in the Showcase Market Hog category, placing third. Her animal sold for $8,000.|
|Results from 2017 Michigan Livestock Expo Auction of Champions |
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