Fair Deal!

Area buyers support Youth Livestock Auction; Verde Valley Fair event signs up 100 buyers

Mingus Union High School agriculture teacher Heather Mulcaire said the Mingus FFA/PALS is very grateful to the old and new buyers who turned out to support the auction.

Mingus Union High School agriculture teacher Heather Mulcaire said the Mingus FFA/PALS is very grateful to the old and new buyers who turned out to support the auction.

COTTONWOOD - "We didn't want the kids to lose their shirts," said James Ledbetter. He was explaining why he and three attorneys from the Ledbetter Law Firm turned out to bid at the Organized Youth Livestock Auction Saturday during the Verde Valley Fair. A staff member of the law firm also made bids for some of the firm's clients.

"My only problem is I've got rabbits now," Ledbetter said. He also has a goat, and he's open to sending those critters off to good homes. Ledbetter also buys meat for the freezer each year during the auction.

Losing their shirts was on the minds of more than a few of the young participants in the auction. The economy is down, and these young people put in significant investments of time and money getting their animals ready for market.

Mingus Union High School agriculture teacher Heather Mulcaire said the Mingus FFA/PALS is very grateful to the old and new buyers who turned out to support the auction. "While the economy has definitely made individuals and businesses tighten their budgets, the Verde Valley Fair was lucky enough to sign up over 100 potential buyers the day of the auction," Mulcaire said.

Two of her students were featured in a story in The Verde Independent before the fair opened. Both Chris Razo and Cortni Yorba were nervous about at least breaking even with their fair projects.

Chris ended up taking first place in confirmation in the lightweight beef class. "The Cowboy Shop bought his," Mulcaire said. "He made a couple hundred dollars profit."

Cortni didn't win any ribbons. "But she sold her pig to Phoenix Cement for $4 a pound," Mulcaire said. "One of the few that received this price." Cortni ended up with about $200 profit.

Brett Lindsay of Salt River Materials Group, Phoenix Cement Plant in Cottonwood said the company has supported the youth livestock auction for many years. "I was happy to see that our company was going to participate this year," Lindsay said. He said the company purchases the animals from the kids then sells back at market price.

Mulcaire said that in addition to Phoenix Cement and the Ledbetter Law Firm, there were several names that she kept hearing over and over during the auction, including Larry Green of Larry Green Chevrolet, Stan Anderson of The Cowboy Shop and Schwab Heating & Cooling.

The 2009 Grand and Reserve Auction results were:

• Samuel Robinson, Mingus FFA, Grand Champion Steer, weighed in at 1,168 pounds and sold for $5 per pound to Jeff and Jill Seitz.

• Jessie Talbot, Mingus FFA, Grand Champion Swine, weighed in at 253 pounds and sold for $8 per pound to Schwab Heating & Cooling.

• Cheyenne Robinson, Mingus FFA, Grand Champion Lamb, weighed in at 142 pounds and sold for $9 per pound to Groseta Ranches LLC, Groseta Family Trust, Quilters Quarters, and Headquarters West Ltd.

• Sami Drake, Camp Verde FFA, Grand Champion Goat, weighed in at 80 pounds and sold for $575 to Larry Green Chevrolet.

• Rachel Valentine, Cottonwood 4-H, Best of Show Rabbit sold for $200 to Bedrock Landscaping.

• Dez Epperson, Mingus FFA, Best of Show Turkey sold for $600 to Hyundai of Cottonwood.

• Jordan Woodbury, Camp Verde PALS, Reserve Champion Steer, weighed in at 1,092 pounds and sold for $3 per pound to Mike Mulcaire Excavating.

• Seth Terry, Camp Verde FFA, Reserve Champion Swine, weighed in at 279 pounds and sold for $4 per pound to The Cowboy Shop.

• Jessarra Harrington, Cottonwood 4-H, Reserve Champion Lamb, weighed in at 135 pounds and sold for $5 per pound to Salt River Materials Group - Phoenix Cement.

• Kira Knapp, Cottonwood 4-H, Reserve Champion Goat, weighed in at 106 pounds and sold for $150 to Wheeler Family Rancho el Chivito.

Mulcaire explained how these auction projects fit in with the classroom goals of her ag students at Mingus Union High School.

"When our students opted to raise an animal for the fair, we made it very clear how much it would cost to raise that animal to market weight," Mulcaire said. She said the kids understood the goals were to learn animal science skills while trying to at least break even on their projects.

Mulcaire said learning animal science, along with developing leadership and employability skills, are the core concepts to the Verde Valley Fair Youth Livestock Auction.

She said her kids in Mingus FFA/PALS do well because she has exceptional parental assistance. "The fair is a prime example of being 'only as good as those that surround us.'"

2009 Verde Valley Fair

Livestock Awards

Senior Small Stock Round Robin

Joshua Wheeler, Cottonwood 4-H

Chicken Awards

Best of Show, Amy Aksamit, Cottonwood 4-H

Senior Showmanship, Joshua Wheeler, Cottonwood 4-H

Junior Showmanship, Zach SanGiovanni, Mingus PALS

Novice Showmanship, Jon-Marco SanGiovanni, Mingus PALS

Pigeon

Best of Show, Jon Marco SanGiovanni, Mingus PALS

Novice Showmanship, Jon Marco SanGiovanni, Mingus PALS

Turkey

Best of Show, Dez Epperson, Mingus FFA

Novice Showmanship, Dez Epperson, Mingus FFA

Cavy Awards

Best of Show, Cassidie Perez, Camp Verde PALS

Novice Showmanship, Cassidie Perez, Camp Verde PALS

Rabbit Awards

Best of Show, Rachel Valentine, Cottonwood 4-H

Senior Showmanship, Katie Scarpace, Mingus FFA

Junior Showmanship, Robert Valentine, Cottonwood 4-H

Novice Showmanship, Calyssa Staus, Mingus FFA

Breeding Sheep

Best of Show, Kayla Niederer, Camp Verde PALS

Junior Showmanship, Jessarra Harrington, Cottonwood 4-H

Breeding Swine

Best of Show, Becca Langueth, Mingus FFA

Novice Showmanship, Becca Langueth, Mingus FFA

Breeding Beef

Best of Show, Tucker Rezzonico, Camp Verde FFA

Senior Showmanship, Ashley Roth , Mingus FFA

Junior Showmanship, Danya Weir, Camp Verde PALS

Novice Showmanship, Robin Dawson, Mingus FFA

Dairy Goat

Best of Show, Josh Wheeler, Cottonwood 4-H

Senior Showmanship, Joshua Wheeler, Cottonwood 4-H

Junior Showmanship, Morgan Cromer, Mingus PALS

Pygmy Goat

Best of Show, Cassidie Perez, Camp Verde PALS

Senior Showmanship, Megan Teague, Camp Verde FFA

Junior Showmanship, Travis Zale, Mingus PALS

Novice Showmanship, Ashley Parker, Camp Verde PALS

Pygmy Goat Dress Review

1st Place, Jacie Hambrick, Camp Verde PALS

2nd Place, Ellee Gray, Cottonwood Boosters

3rd Place, Summer Scott, Mingus PALS

Meat Goat

Grand Champion, Sami Drake, Camp Verde FFA

Reserve Champion, Kira Knapp, Cottonwood 4-H

Senior Showmanship, Sami Drake, Camp Verde FFA

Junior Showmanship, Francesca Settani, Saint Joseph's Animal Science

Novice Showmanship, Hayden Ledbetter, Saint Joseph's Animal Science

Market Lamb

Grand Champion, Cheyenne Robinson, Mingus FFA

Reserve Champion, Jessarra Harrington, Cottonwood 4-H

Senior Showmanship, Cheyenne Robinson, Mingus FFA

Junior Showmanship, Jessarra Harrington, Cottonwood 4-H

Novice Showmanship, Ana Guerrero, Mingus FFA

Market Swine

Grand Champion, Jessie Talbot, Mingus FFA

Reserve Champion, Seth Terry, Camp Verde PALS

Senior Showmanship, Seth Terry, Camp Verde PALS

Junior Showmanship, Jace Terry, Camp Verde PALS

Novice Showmanship, Tucker Snyder, Camp Verde PALS

Market Steer

Grand Champion, Samuel Robinson, Mingus FFA

Reserve Champion, Jordan Woodbury, Camp Verde PALS

Senior Showmanship, Samuel Robinson, Mingus FFA

Junior Showmanship, Jordan Woodbury, Camp Verde PALS

Novice Showmanship, Danya Weir, Camp Verde PALS

Market Steer Rate of Gain

Gianina SanGiovanni, 3.62 lbs. per day, Mingus FFA

Senior Round Robin Showmanship

Cheyenne Robinson, Mingus FFA

Verde Valley Fair Scholarship Recipients

Riley Page, Mingus FFA

Rachelle Connolly, Mingus FFA

Cheyenne Robinson, Mingus FFA

Small Animal Herdsman Award

Cottonwood 4-H

Large Animal Herdsman Award

Cornville Organized Youth

Horse Show

Senior Barrels

First Place, Kaitlin Ralston, Mingus FFA

Second Place, Michelle Moscardini , Camp Verde FFA

Third Place, Sami Drake, Camp Verde FFA

Senior Poles

First Place, Caylie Handgis, Mingus FFA

Second Place, Christine Dunn, Camp Verde FFA

Third Place, Nicole Christensen, Mingus FFA

Senior Goat Tying

First Place, Christine Dunn, Camp Verde FFA

Second Place, Taylor Skaggs, Camp Verde FFA

Overall Senior

First Place, Christine Dunn, Camp Verde FFA

Second Place, Taylor Skaggs, Camp Verde FFA

Third Place, Sami Drake, Camp Verde FFA

Junior Barrels

First Place, Danya Weir, Camp Verde PALS

Second Place, Wyatt Smith, Camp Verde PALS

Third Place, Jordan Woodbury, Camp Verde PALS

Junior Poles

First Place, Wyatt Smith, Camp Verde PALS

Second Place, Brett Nasch, Camp Verde PALS

Third Place, Rylee Smith, Camp Verde PALS

Junior Goat Tying

First Place, Jordan Woodbury, Camp Verde PALS

Second Place, Brett Nasch, Camp Verde PALS

Third Place, Danya Weir, Camp Verde PALS

Junior Breakaway

First Place, Danya Weir, Camp Verde PALS

Second Place, Brett Nasch, Camp Verde PALS

Junior Team Roping

First Place, Sharli & Justin Macdonald, Camp Verde PALS

Second Place, Jordan & Wade Woodbury, Camp Verde PALS

Overall Junior

First Place, Jordan Woodbury, Camp Verde PALS

Second Place, Brett Nasch, Camp Verde PALS

Third Place, Danya Weir, Camp Verde PALS

Youth Pet Show

Coolest Color, Ellee Gray, Cookie

Fluffiest, Tannah Smith, Dorothy & Toto

Plays Trix, Shiloh Morecraft, Griffix

Longest Tail, Jesse Morecraft, Angel

Most Original Name, Lucas Morecraft, Sniffs

Prettiest, James Morecraft, Samantha

Smallest, Zach SanGiovanni, Squeaky

Organized Youth Public Speaking

First Place, Marc Guy, Camp Verde PALS

Second Place, Rachel Valentine, Cottonwood 4-H

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