Van Henelryk named Best of Show meat processors

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Records were broken and the 4-Hers of the state of Wisconsin will benefit from the generous support of bidders at the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Meat Products Auction at the Wisconsin State Fair Tuesday night.

Celebrating its 25th year at the fair, this year’s auction raised more than $130,000 for the benefit the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation, which supports Wisconsin 4-H activities including 4-H conferences, teaching materials and workshops, and overall development of 4-H youth.

Governor Walker hosted the Auction, with emcee Bob Meyer, WDLB radio, Marshfield. Auctioneers for the evening were Bob Johnson, Milton; Gary Finley, Walworth and Jim Gavin, the 2016 Champion of the Wisconsin Auctioneer’s Association Competition, from Baraboo.

In addition, serving as the auctions ringmen were past champions of the Wisconsin Champion Ringman competition including David Allen, 2016 Champion; Kendall Thiel, 2015 Champion; Rodney Freymiller, 2010 Champion, David Koning, 2007 Champion, Tim Slack, Wisconsin Auctioneers Association Past President, WAA Hall of FAME and Past Champion Auctioneer, Scott Vorpagel, President of Wisconsin Association of Meat Processors,Ben Brancel, Secretary of Agriculture and Scott Gunderson.

The 2016 Best of Show Award went to meat processor Maplewood Meats of Green Bay. The company earned the honor for its Flavored Summer Sausage. It sold for $13,500 to a consortium formed by Country Fresh Meats, Bob & Jill Nieskes, Wells Fargo, Egg Innovations.

The Grand Champion, Reserve Grand and 2nd Reserve Grand Champion Winners for the categories are:
FLAVORED BACON
Grand Champion
Haen Meat Packing Inc., Kaukauna
Buyer: Meijer
Sales Price: $8,500
*Generously donated back and resold to Wisconsin Souvenir Milkcaps for $3,500.

Reserve Grand Champion
Julius Falkavage, LLC /People’s Meat Market, Stevens Point
Buyer: Klements Sausage
Sales Price: $3,250

2nd Reserve Grand Champion
Wyttenbach Meats, Prairie du Sac
Buyer: Poulson Farms
Sales Price: $2,250

BONE-IN HAM
Grand Champion
Wyttenbach Meats, Prairie du Sac
Buyer: Riteway Bus, Boehlke Bottled Gas, LeRoy Hauser Rural Mutual Insurance, Cousins Subs, Saz’s
Sales Price: $3,750

Reserve Grand Champion
Nolecheck’s Meats, Inc., Thorp
Buyer: UW Provisions
Sales Price: $3,000

2nd Reserve Grand Champion
Maplewood Meats, Green Bay
Buyer: Crane Farms
Sales Price: $1,900

FLAVORED SUMMER SAUSAGE
Grand Champion
Maplewood Meats, Green Bay
Buyer: Bob and Jill Nieskes
Sales Price: $3,500

Reserve Grand Champion
Haen Meat Packing Inc., Kaukauna
Buyer: Wisconsin Souvenir Milkcaps
Sales Price: $2,000

2nd Reserve Grand Champion
Brandon Meats & Sausage, Inc., Brandon
Buyer: Schenck SC
Sales Price: $2,250

DRIED OR SMOKED BEEF
Grand Champion
Sailor’s Food Market and Meat, Elmwood
Buyer: $3,300 (including a $150 each from Egg Innovations and Jim Reid)
Sales Price: Rural Mutual Insurance
*Generously donated back and resold to Valerie Johnson, Renk Seed, Marcy Tessman and Laura Herschleb for $1,500.


Reserve Grand Champion
Julius Falkavage, LLC/People’s Meat Market, Stevens Point
Buyer: $1,700
Sales Price: Daluge Travel

2nd Reserve Grand Champion
Sixth Street Market, Ashland
Buyer: Randy Schopen Foundation
Sales Price: $1,500

TRADITIONAL SNACK SAUSAGES
Grand Champion
Julius Falkavage, LLC/People’s Meat Market, Stevens Point
Buyer: Egg Innovations
Sales Price: $2,400

Reserve Grand Champion
Wilson Farm Meats, Elkhorn
Buyer: Walworth County Meat Eater, Town Bank, Hull Farms
Sales Price: $3,000

2nd Reserve Grand Champion
Wyttenbach Meats, Prairie du Sac
Buyer: Country Fresh Meats
Sales Price: $2,000
*Generously donated back and resold to Wilson Farm Meats for $1,000.

SPECIALTY COOKED BRATWURST
Grand Champion
Kewaskum Frozen Foods, Kewaskum
Buyer: Cousins Subs, Riteway Bus, Leroy Hauser, Rural Mutual Insurance, Saz’s, Boehlke Bottle Gas
Sales Price: $4,500

Reserve Grand Champion
Country Fresh Meats, Weston
Buyer: Cooperative Resources International (CRI)
Sales Price: $3,750

2nd Reserve Grand Champion
Julius Falkavage, LLC/People’s Meat Market, Stevens Point
Buyer: Badgerland Financial
Sales Price: $1,000

WHOLE MUSCLE JERKY
Grand Champion
Eden Meat Market, Eden
Buyer: Cooperative Resources International (CRI)
Sales Price: $1,250

Reserve Grand Champion
Louie’s Finer Meats, Cumberland
Buyer: Schenck
Sales Price: $2,000

2nd Reserve Grand Champion
Haen Meat Packing, Kaukauna
Buyer: Country Fresh Meats
Sales Price: $1,000
*Generously donated back and resold to J&S Machine, Inc. for $1,000.

CURED SPECIALITY MEAT PRODUCT
Grand Champion – Ultimate Bacon
Lake Geneva Country Meats, Lake Geneva
Buyer: Merwin Farms and Town Bank
Sales Price: $4,300

Reserve Grand Champion – Italian Salami with Wine
Kewaskum Frozen Foods, Kewaskum
Buyer: Wisconsin Souvenir Milkcaps
Sales Price: $1,600

2nd Reserve Grand Champion – Italian Salami with Wine
Northwoods Locker, LLC, Clayton
Buyer: Daluge Travel
Sales Price: $800

RING BOLOGNA
Grand Champion
Maplewood Meats, Green Bay
Buyer: Gibbsville Implement
Sales Price: $2,000

Reserve Grand Champion
Julius Falkavage, LLC/People’s Meat Market, Stevens Point
Buyer: Meijer Food Stores
Sales Price: $1,250
*Generously donated back and resold to Riteway Bus Company for $500.

2nd Reserve Grand Champion
Haen Meat Packing, Inc. Kaukauna
Buyer: Wisconsin Souvenir Milkcaps
Sales Price: $1,600

Three other items were auctioned off benefiting the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation and Wisconsin 4-H youth. A Wisconsin Package, including a Wisconsin-shaped Summer Sausage courtesy of Kewaskum Frozen Foods of Kewaskum and cheese donated by the Wisconsin State Fairy Dairy Promotion Board, was purchased by Meijer’s Food Stores for $5,250. Meijer generously donated the product back and it was purchased by Hartman Sand & Gravel and Egg Innovations for $4,000.

A Five-Foot Party Board that included six flavors of summer sausage, six flavors of snack sausages and a variety of Wisconsin cheeses, provided by Brandon Meats & Sausage of Brandon, was purchased by Wells Fargo for $3,800. Wells Fargo generously donated the product back and it was purchased by Jim Reid for $3,250.

Montchevré-Betin, a block of Blueberry Vanilla Goat Cheese named the Grand Champion Cheese at the 2015 Wisconsin State Fair made by Jean Rossard, Belmont, WI, was purchased by Wilson Farm Meats for $1,000.

Throughout UW Extension Day, more than 30 Wisconsin State Fair vendors donated a portion of their sales to the Meat Productions Auction and Wisconsin 4-H Foundation. In total, over $5,000 was donated by these generous vendors.

The auction is produced in partnership with the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation and Wisconsin State Fair and the Wisconsin Association of Meat Processors (WAMP). Generous sponsors include Meijer, Egg Innovations, Jill and Bob Nieskes, Schenck SC, Wells Fargo Bank, Rupena’s Fine Foods of Milwaukee, U.S. Cellular and Wisconsin Association of Meat Processors.                                                             
The Wisconsin 4-H Foundation, based in Madison, WI, provides essential funding for 4-H programs throughout Wisconsin. By partnering with individuals, corporations and foundations, the Foundation supports more than 150,000 youth who take part in various 4-H leadership, developments, and community-building activities throughout the state. Learn more about the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation by visiting www.wis4-hfoundation.org.

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