Livestock Briefs

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Livestock Briefs


State Fair steer brings $104,000

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner was among a group of buyers making a record bid the champion steer at the Illinois State Fair.

Rauner and a group calling itself Friends of the Exhibitor on Tuesday paid $104,000 for the 1,324-pound cross-breed Grand Champion Steer named "David L." The bid bested the previous Illinois State Fair record of $100,000 in 2014. The steer was shown by 18-year-old Lucas Wisnefski of Wyoming, IL.

Rauner says the steer will be slaughtered and its meat donated to the University of Illinois.

Champion rabbits, chickens, goats, hogs and commodities such as cheese, processed beef, wine, honey and goat's milk were also auctioned to the highest bidder during the Governor's Sale of Champions at the fair.

The auction benefits 4-H clubs and the Illinois Future Farmers of America.


Master Stockman winners recognized

The winners of the Master Stockman Award were recognized at the close of the Junior Livestock show at the Wisconsin State Fair.  The award is given to junior livestock project exhibitors who demonstrate knowledge, skill, leadership and excellence within beef, sheep an swine project work.

The Master Stockman Award recognizes knowledge, skill, leadership, and excellence within beef, sheep and swine project work.

This year's winners include twins Brett and Bailey Jones. The purebred Hereford enthusiasts exhibit on the national show circuit. Brett attends the University of North Dakota where he is pursuing a degree in commercial aviation. Bailey is a student at the University of Wisconsin Madison with plans to become a medical doctor.

Casey Lobdell is a student at UW Platteville and helps to manage the family's Southdown sheep flock. Lobdell also raises hogs and sells them to 4-H and FFA members. He hopes to enter the field of agriculture as an animal nutritionist.

Winners received a $1,000 scholarship presented by Case IH.


14 cows dead after vehicle crash

More than a dozen cows that escaped overnight from their pens have been struck by vehicles after wandering into a rural road in Clinton County's Dallas Township.

The Lansing State Journal reports that 14 cows were hit by three vehicles about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 16.

Clinton County sheriff's Sgt. Jeff Clarke says nine cows died from the initial impact with the vehicles. Five others were injured and had to be put down. One motorist suffered minor injuries.

Sgt. Dan Spitzley tells the newspaper that the cows "weren't large milking cows" ... "they were what they call feeder cows — in between calves and full-grown cows."

Deputies on Tuesday were trying to locate other cows from the same farm. The farm is several miles from where the cows were hit.