Youths rake in profits at annual livestock sale

Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Auctioneer Johnny Paiz calls out numbers Friday night at the Roosevelt County Fair Junior Livestock Sale. Paiz said he believed this year would be a record-breaking year for the sale, because despite tough economical times, the residents of the county still give what they can.

Alisa Boswell

Bids bounced around the Roosevelt County Fairgrounds show arena like ping pong balls Friday night as 54 youngsters paraded their prized animals for the annual junior livestock sale.

“I think this will be one of the best years, a record year,” said auctioneer Johnny Paiz during the sale. “Even though the economy has been tough, these people get together and give what they have.”

Total sale numbers for the night were not available by press time.

“It was a very successful sale this year,” said Greg Smith, sale superintendent. “The animals all brought in good money. We just don’t have final numbers yet.”

Many of the youth selling livestock Friday said they were happy with the amount of money they brought in from their livestock.

Samantha James, 13, of Shooting Stars 4-H, said this year was the first time in six years she has gotten first place in showing.

James sold her lamb, Shadow, for $2,100 with its market price being $134.

“To me, it’s fun to spend time with the animals,” she said. “I choose lambs ’cause I like a challenge.”

James said every lamb has a different personality.

Ty Sanders of the Arch 4-H said he has been showing his entire life, just as most other members of his family.

He sold his steer, which won second place in his class, for $4,400, well over $2,000 more than its market price.

“I’d like to get more but it was a good price,” Sanders said.

Audrey Beverage, 12, whose dairy heifer won first place in her class, said she was also happy with her sale, which was $3,200 for a heifer valued at $655.

She said she plans to use part of the money for next year’s livestock and part for her college fund.

“I like washing the animals,” Beverage said of why she enjoys 4-H. “Cause you get wet and have fun.

Her friend, Daizia Looney, 12, brought in $4,000 for her heifer, which was valued at $851 and won second place in her class.

Looney said she received more money than she had expected.

“I like the show and the sale,” Looney said. “Cause after all that work over the summer, you get to see if it paid off and if you did good or bad.”