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Records broken at governor's meat product auction at State Fair

Aug. 11, 2014 | 0 comments

WEST ALLIS

Gov. Scott Walker joined Fairest of the Fair Kaitlyn Riley and Alice in Dairyland Zoey Brooks in hosting the Blue Ribbon Meat Products Auction on Aug. 5 at the State Fair. The auction directly benefits Wisconsin's 4-H Foundation and the 350,000 4-H youth through leadership development, programs and scholarships.

The event brought in more than $150,000, surpassing the organizers' goal of $100,000 to commemorate the 100th year of 4-H. Last year's auction raised $80,988.

The 23rd annual Governor's Blue Ribbon Meat Products Auction is held in coordination with the Wisconsin State Fair Meat Products Contest held by the Wisconsin Association of Meat Processors, University of Wisconsin-Madison Animal Science Department and the Wisconsin State Fair.

Bidding active

Walker worked the crowd from the stage, encouraging bidders to increase their bids, and contributed to a sale. The auction's proceeds support Wisconsin 4-H activities including 4-H conferences, teaching materials, workshops and overall development of 4-H youth.

Besides the 4-H youth, the star of the evening was Maplewood Meats, the meat processor from Green Bay who was named 2014 Best in Show. Maplewood Meats, who earned the honor for their summer sausage, competed against over 100 entries for the coveted title. The Best in Show Summer Sausage sold for $16,000 to a consortium formed by Egg Innovations, Country Fresh Meats, Wisconsin Souvenir Milkcaps and Bob and Jill Nieskes.

Auctioneers Bob Johnson and Gary Finley; emcee Bob Meyer; and Walker not only sold each Grand Champion and Reserve Champion entry from the Wisconsin State Fair Meat Products Contest but also several Wisconsin-themed packages. Other auction results follow.

·Grand Champion Flavored Bacon made by Lodi Sausage and Meat Market, Lodi; Buyer: Belke's Bottled Gas; Sales price: $6,250; Generously donated back to the auction by Boehlke Bottled Gas and resold to Rural Mutual Insurance for $3,500; Generously donated back to the auction by Rural Mutual Insurance and resold to Paulson Farms for $2,000

·Reserve Grand Champion Flavored Bacon made by Louie's Finer Meats, Cumberland; Buyer: Saz's; Sales price: $4,000.00

·Grand Champion Bone-in Ham made by Haen Meat Packaging, Kaukauna; Buyer: Randall Schoepen Memorial and Captains Steak House; Sales price: $4,250

·Reserve Grand Bone-in Ham made by Lake Geneva Country Meats, Lake Geneva; Buyer: Wisconsin Souvenir Milkcaps; Sales price: $4,000

·Grand Champion Flavored Summer Sausage made by Maplewood Meats, Green Bay; Buyer: Cooperative Resources International; Sales price: $2,900

·Reserve Grand Flavored Summer Sausage made by Geiss Meat Service, Merrill; Buyer: Bob and Jill Nieskes; Sales price: $3,000

·Grand Champion Dried or Smoked Beef made by Haen Meat Packaging Company, Kaukauna; Buyer: Egg Innovations; Sales price: $2,750; Generously donated back to the auction by Egg Innovations and resold to Recognition Specialists for $1,250

·Reserve Grand Dried or Smoked Beef made by Country Fresh Meats, Weston; Buyer: Wisconsin State Fair Park Board; Sales price: $2,500; Generously donated back to the auction by Wisconsin State Fair Park Board and resold to Rural Mutual Insurance Co. for $1,250; Generously donated back to the auction by Rural Mutual Insurance Co. and resold to Gumz Farms for $1,100

·Grand Champion Flavored Snack Sausages made by Louie's Finer Meats, Cumberland; Buyer: Country Fresh Meats; Sales price: $2,000; Generously donated back to the auction by Country Fresh Meats and resold to Daluge Travel for $1,500

·Reserve Grand Flavored Snack Sausages made by Sailer's Food Market and Meat Processing, Elmwood; Buyer: Merwin Farms; Sales price: $1,950

·Grand Champion Specialty Cooked Bratwurst made by Sixth Street Maket, Ashland; Buyer: Bob Arndt Family; Sales price: $2,000

·Reserve Grand Specialty Cooked Bratwurst made by Country Fresh Meats, Weston; Buyer: Wisconsin Souvenir Milkcaps; Sales price: $3,100

·Grand Champion Whole Muscle Jerky made by Sailer's Food Market and Meat Processing, Elmwood; Buyer: Country Fresh Meats; Sales price: $2,050; Generously donated back to the auction by Country Fresh Meats and resold to Recognition Specialists for $1,100

·Reserve Grand Whole Muscle Jerky made by Northwoods Locker, Clayton; Buyer: Badgerland Financial; Sales price: $1,400

·Grand Champion Cured Specialty Product made by Sixth Street Market, Ashland; Buyer: Equity Livestock Sales; Sales price: $1,000

·Reserve Grand Champion Cured Specialty Product made by: Lake Geneva Country Meats, Lake Geneva; Buyer: Walworth County Consortium; Sales price: $3,400

The auction is presented by Farm Credit Associations serving Wisconsin and is a partnership of the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation, Wisconsin Association of Peat Processors and Wisconsin State Fair. It is sponsored by Badgerland Financial, United FCS, AgStar, Green Stone and Schenck. Other auction sponsors included Rupena's Fine Foods.

The Wisconsin 4-H Foundation was established in 1954 in order to develop and promote 4-H programs throughout the state and to provide 4-H youth with training in group action, business methods and civic responsibility. Today, the foundation supports numerous development programs; helps fund attendance at national competitions and conferences; and grants college scholarships to support 4-H youth continuing on to post-high-school education.

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