The 4H Animal Auction at the 2021 Hopkinton Good, where 2 goats, 7 pigs, 4 lambs, and a steer were for sale, was a resounding accomplishment. Ten 4H club users had put in 6 months to more than a year elevating and tending the animals in the auction. Hours in advance of the auction begun, a decide evaluated just about every animal, and all bidders have been presented a method listing the 4H owner, the animal’s breed, and excess weight. Profitable bidders were offered a option to choose the animal residence or have it processed for meat. Area butcher Rick Lemay was on hand to transportation the animals to Lemay and Sons Beef in Goffstown for processing.
Apart from for the pigs and steer who walked all over the ring, every goat and lamb was offered on a non permanent phase. The 4H proprietor was released, and the viewers was explained to about their inspiration for participation. A person woman planned on donating her auction income to charity a further 4Her would use his to buy animals to elevate for future year’s auction. There have been no commissions or overhead fees deducted the proceeds all went to the 4H proprietor.
Some audience could really feel this is a complicated destiny for these animals, but below is my concern for you, “Do you try to eat steak? Do you really like bacon?” Wouldn’t it be greater to know your meat comes from animals that have been cared for and liked? You should not you want to know that the meat is processed in a facility that respects the animals? I know I would.
It must be tricky for the youth to auction off their beloved animals. But most of these 4H youth are accustomed to providing their family members and some others with new meat. The auction was an possibility for the bidding general public to reward them and assist human livestock practices although putting mouth watering meat in the freezer.
Have you ever put a bid at an auction? It can be bewildering. I was bidding on a goat when auctioneer Dan Chute stopped the motion, looked me in the eye, and mentioned, “If you bid from by yourself yet again, future time I’ll choose it.” I really don’t consider he would have, but I paid out closer consideration to the swift-fireplace bidding immediately after that.
Despite my beginner bidding strategies, I put the successful bid for a lop-eared Nubian goat named Run, lifted by Lauren Gardner of Loudon. I paid $4.50 a pound — $3 above the optimum pre-pandemic 2019 auction price. Somewhat than ship Run to the butcher that working day, I introduced him house in my crew-cab pickup truck. Right after christening the again seat, his rope tied to a handhold, he stood quietly all the way household. Right after thorough imagined, I decided to rename him Hops after the Hopkinton Fair. Hops will dwell at the farm for at the very least six much more months getting bodyweight until eventually he is sooner or later processed for meat.
It felt superior to motivate a 4H youth who devoted her time to increasing two great meat goats relatively than taking part in video clip video games or gazing into her cellphone. I’m also thankful for the other bidders who price the difficult work of 4H youth and the high quality of their animals. Next time, I’ll be a better bidder. (I have been told you have to choose turns.)
Carole Soule is co-proprietor of Miles Smith Farm, in Loudon, where by she raises and sells beef, pork, lamb, eggs and other community goods.