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WEST ALLIS, Wis. – Another Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction is in the books and by all accounts it was a great success. Not just for the 30 youth that earned the privilege to parade their grand and reserve grand champion steers, hogs and lambs across the Bayer Auction Stage inside the cavernous Case IH Coliseum, but for new Gov. Tony Evers, who served as the event's official dignitary.

“I’m so excited to be here,” Evers said. “Tonight this is all about the kids. The future of agriculture in the state is up here on this stage.“

Evers along with First Lady, Kathy Evers—who have attended the State Fair for 52 seasons straight—cheered on the exhibitors and applauded buyers who financially supported the youth to the tune of $255,850 at this year's auction.

“Funds raised at the Governor's Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction support the Blue Ribbon Sale of Champions Foundation’s mission to educate and support the Wisconsin State Fair youth livestock exhibitors”, says Bob Johnson, President of the Blue Ribbon Sale of Champions Foundation. “These youth are the future of the Wisconsin livestock industry and we were overwhelmed with the generosity of our auction supporters.”

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While exhibitors are grateful to pocket the generous selling price, a portion of those proceeds from the sale of blue ribbon livestock and other donated goods helps fund scholarships and other awards. This year's sale will funnel $30,500 in scholarship awards as well as an additional $30,000 to fund Wisconsin State Fair Junior Exhibitor Showmanship, Knowledge Master, and Reserve Champion Awards that are awarded annually.

The top-selling animal at this year's auction was a 1,333-pound steer exhibited by Riley Runkel. The grand champion steer was sold for a whopping $47,500 to Meijer.

Winning bids

  • Grand Champion Steer (Maine-Anjou) exhibited by Riley Runkel of Racine County, Winning bid of $47,500 by Meijer
  • Grand Champion Barrow (Crossbred) exhibited by Logan Schmitz of Iowa County, Winning bid of $14,000 by Beer Capitol Distributing
  • Grand Champion Market Lamb (Crossbred) exhibited by  Trenna Cherney of Juneau County, Winning bid of $7,500 by Great Lakes Coca-Cola.
  • Reserve Grand Champion Steer (Crossbred) exhibited by Lauren May of Iowa County, Winning bid of $22,000 by Kenosha Beef/ Birchwood Foods.
  • Reserve Grand Champion Barrow (Chester White) exhibited by Chase Cherney of Sauk County, Winning bid of $8,000 by Statewide Fencing and Interstate Parking.
  • Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb (Crossbred) exhibited by Jacee Johnson of Walworth County, Winning bid of $8,000 by We Energies.
  • Champion Chianina Steer exhibited by  John Henderson of Racine County, Winning bid of $16,000 by Andis Co.
  • Champion Yorkshire Barrow exhibited by Dalton Bennett of Pepin  County, Winning bid of $8,000 by Case IH.
  • Champion Hampshire Lamb exhibited by Kassandra Palzkill of Lafayette County, Winning bid of $4,500 by Giant Slide, Skyglider, Caribbean Smoothies, Siggy’s Wild Dog Saloon, II Dog Enterprises
  • Champion Shorthorn Steer exhibited by Clair Duch of Waupaca County, Winning bid of $7,500 by Beechwood Sales & Service
  • Champion Duroc Barrow exhibited Michael Sleik of Winnebago County, Winning bid of $8,000 by Saz’s Hospitality Group
  • Champion Shropshire Lamb exhibited by Halie Schwab of Grant County, Winning bid of $4,250 by Porktoberfeast: Leff’s Lucky Town, Bunzel’s Meat Market, Blue Moon Tavern at the Park, Trawicki Electric, Zimmerman Architectural Studios/ Harwood Engineering, All City Motors, Bruce Westling (MLG), Steve & Nancy Sazama, Major Goolsbys
  • Champion AOB Steer exhibited by Cade Austin of Rock County, Winning bid of $12,500 by Interstate Parking & Statewide Fencing
  • Champion Berkshire Barrow exhibited by Cate Cherney of Sauk County, Winning bid of $5,000 by Porktoberfeast: Leff’s Lucky Town, Bunzel’s Meat Market, Blue Moon Tavern at the Park, Trawicki Electric, Zimmerman Architectural Studios/ Harwood Engineering, All City Motors, Bruce Westling (MLG), Steve & Nancy Sazama, Major Goolsbys
  • Champion Suffolk Lamb exhibited by  Kane Howlett of Rock County, Winning bid of $3,000 by MillerCoors
  • Champion Hereford Steer exhibited by Taylor Schaefer of Racine County, Winning bid of $7,000 by Beechwood Sales & Service
  • Champion Tamworth Barrow exhibited by Landon Rehberg of Walworth County, Winning bid of $3,500 by Saz’s, Catalano’s, Grebe’s Bakery, Melotte Meats, Milwaukee Admirals
  • Champion Natural Colored Lamb exhibited by Cate Cherney of Sauk County, Winning bid of $2,500 by Meijer
  • Champion Angus Steer exhibited by Jacob Ellerbrock of Kenosha County, Winning bid of $22,500 by Wisconsin Souvenir Milkcaps, Halbman Company, Meijer, Witel LLC, Bob May Show Cattle, Mindemann Farms, Bloomington Livestock, Fernvale Angus, Weigel’s Steer Pit, WS Ag, Country Lane Farms, Thornberry Angus, 2K Cattle Company, Gaffney Family Cattle, Hill Valley Farms, Henning Farms, KCJ Angus, Premier Angus, Bacon Branch Beef, Bob Lannin
  • Champion Spotted Barrow exhibited by Kyle Vondra of Iowa County, Winning bid of $4,000 by Wisconsin Pork Producers, Taylor Show Pigs
  • Champion Oxford Lamb exhibited by  Brooke Ace of Dane County, Winning bid of $2,000 and Middleton Ford
  • Champion Simmental Steer exhibited by Kyle Lois of Kenosha County, Winning bid of $3,500 by Wisconsin Souvenir Milk Caps
  • Champion Poland China Barrow exhibited by Cate Cherney of Sauk County, Winning bid of $2,000 by Taylor Show Pigs
  • Champion Dorset Lamb exhibited by Brannt Balfanz of Racine County, Winning bid of $1,000 by Meijer
  • Champion Registered Dairy Steer exhibited by  Bradin Bjelland of Oconto County, Winning bid of $12,500 by American Foods Group
  • Champion Hampshire Barrow exhibited by Isabelle Doherty of Jefferson County, Winning bid of $2,000 by Klitzman Seed
  • Champion Southdown Lamb exhibited by Vanessa Roberts of Manitowoc County, Winning bid of $1,300 by Kewaskum Foods
  • Champion Landrace Barrow exhibited by Landon Rehberg of Walworth County, Winning bid of $1,250 by Middleton Ford
  • Champion AOB Lamb exhibited by MacKenna Slater of Rock County, Winning bid of $5,000 by MillerCoors and Porktoberfeast: Leff’s Lucky Town, Bunzel’s Meat Market, Blue Moon Tavern at the Park, Trawicki Electric, Zimmerman Architectural Studios/ Harwood Engineering, All City Motors, Bruce Westling (MLG), Steve & Nancy Sazama, Major Goolsbys
  • Champion Herford Barrow exhibited by Zoey Heimmermann of Outagamie County, Winning bid of $5,000 by Meijer

In addition to livestock, four Wisconsin Sports packages were also auctioned:

  • A one-of-a-Kind, signed, framed and matted  Milwaukee Bucks Jersey by Giannis Antetokounmpo, 2019 NBA Most Valuable Player Recipient, donated by Beer Capitiol Distributing, was purchased by Witel LLC for $1,300
  • A signed and framed  Milwaukee Brewers Jersey by Christian Yelich, MLB's 2018 Most Valuable Player. The package also included a special opportunity for four to watch Brewer's Batting Practice on the field and four Club Level tickets, donated by Beer Capitol Distributing and the Milwaukee Brewers, was purchased by John Yingling  for $1,700.

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