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WEST ALLIS - The 150,000 youth enrolled in 4-H programs around Wisconsin benefited last week when the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation, together with the Wisconsin Meat Processors Association sold the award winning State Fair meat entries to the highest bidders.

The Auction, now in its 27th year, resulted in more than $100,000 raised for the 4-H Foundation which supports Wisconsin 4-H activities including 4-H conferences, teaching materials and workshops, and overall development of 4-H youth.

Among those supporting the program and youth was longtime buyer Wally Bohrer of Wisconsin Souvenir Milkcaps. Now in his 80s, Bohrer brings along his grandson, Dayton Young, to bid on behalf of the business. Like so many of the bidders, Bohrer donates his purchases back for re-sale.

“The 4-H program is so important and I want to do what I can to help keep it going,” Bohrer said.

The longtime supporter sees 4-H as an organization that develops leadership abilities and encourages youth to try new things. It helps youth understand the benefits of hard work and dedication, said Bohrer, adding that several of his eight children enjoyed the benefits of 4-H.

Bohrer himself came from humble beginnings. His family was involved in the meat cutting business since they came to this country from Germany.  As he worked his way into the business he began seeing ways that he could improve the refrigeration system that is so important in maintaining the quality of meat.

He subsequently developed new refrigeration techniques, started a refrigeration company, and went on to teach others about the principles of refrigeration. He later started an air conditioning business and finally started the souvenir milk cap business which he has passed on to members of his family.

Bohrer not only supports the meat products auction at the fair but the Livestock auction as well.  Last year he was named “Friend of the Governor’s State Fair Livestock Auction” at the Wisconsin State Fair.

Also among those in attendance were Becky Merwin of Merwin Farms and Sue Crane of Crane Farms. Longtime supporters of the 4-H program, both women serve on the Wisconsin State Fair board and were instrumental in helping to start the meat products auction at State Fair for the benefit of 4-Hers.

Applauding the support of buyers and program supporters was Governor Scott Walker who was on hand to encourage the bidding solicited by auctioneers Bob Johnson, and Milton and Kathy Packard who earlier in the day won the Wisconsin Auctioneer’s Association championship.

Serving as ringmen were Rodney Freymiller, 2010 Wisconsin Ringman Champion, Tim Slack, Wisconsin Auctioneers Association Past President, WAA Hall of FAME and 2004 Wisconsin State Champion Auctioneer and Dave Koning, 2012 President and 2014 State Champion, 2007 State Champion Ringman and Gary Finley, Walworth.

And the winners are

The 2018 Best of Show Award went to meat processor Sailer’s Food Market and Meat Processing, Inc. of Elmwood. The meat processor has been in business since 1923 and earned the honor for its Salami. The salami was sold to Egg Innovations for $2,000.  Egg Innovations is a unique company owned by John and Cathy Brunnquell, long time supporters of the 4-H.

The Grand Champion, 1st Reserve Champion and 2nd Reserve Champion Winners for each of the categories are:

Flavored Bacon—Grand Champion: Haen Meat Packing, Inc., Kaukauna, winning bid of $4,000 by Frost Accounting (donated back and purchased by Wells Fargo for $2,000);1st Reserve Champion, Lake Geneva Country Meats, Lake Geneva. Winning bid of $4,500 to Jones Family Farm – Chris Jones; 2nd Reserve Champion, Roskom Meats, Kaukauna, winning bid of $2,750 to Meijer, Inc..

Bone-in Ham—Grand Champion: Haen Meat Packing, Inc., Kaukauna, winning bid of $5,600 by Boehlke Bottle Gas, GoRiteway, Badger State Auction, Saz’s and Cousins Subs;1st Reserve Champion, Lake Geneva Country Meats, Lake Geneva. Winning bid of $5,300 to Klement’s Sausage Company, Inc. 2nd Reserve Champion, Newton Meats, Newton, winning bid of $2,000 to Wisconsin Souvenir Milkcaps.

Flavored Summer Sausage—Grand Champion: Karl's Country Market, Menomonee Falls, winning bid of $3,700 by Egg Innovations (donated back and purchased by Rural Mutual Insurance for $1,100 and resold again to Dave and Kim Daniels for $1,200);1st Reserve Champion, Lodi Sausage Company and Meat Market, Lodi. Winning bid of $2,200 to Meijer Inc. (donated back and purchased by Wisconsin Souvenir Milkcaps for $1,500); 2nd Reserve Champion, Newton Meats, Newton, winning bid of $1,500 to Gibbsville Implement, Inc.

Dried or Smoked Beef—Grand Champion: Grand Champion: Sailer’s Food Market and Meat Processing, Inc., Elmwood, winning bid of $1,600 by Cooperative Resources International; 1st Reserve Champion, People’s Meat Market, Stevens Point, winning bid of $1,200 to Randy Schopen Memorial Foundation; 2nd Reserve Champion, Louie’s Finer Meats, Cumberland, winning bid of $1,000 to Town Bank.

Flavored Snack Sausages—Wilson Farm Meats, Elkhorn, winning bid of $3,500 by Merwin Farms, Becky and Ernie Merwin, winning bid of $1,600 by Cooperative Resources International;1st Reserve Champion, Haen Meat Packing, Kaukauna, winning bid of $2,500 to Wells Fargo Bank; 2nd Reserve Champion, Louie’s Finer Meats, Cumberland, winning bid of $1,250 to Daluge Travel, Rick and Peggy Daluge.

Cooked Bratwurst—Grand Champion: Ray's Market, Colby, winning bid of $2,500 by Crane Farms;1st Reserve Champion, The Meat Block, LLC, Greenville, winning bid of $2,000 to Meijer; 2nd Reserve Champion, Louie’s Finer Meats, Cumberland, winning bid of $2,000 to Hartman Sand & Travel.

Whole Muscle Jerky—Grand Champion: Lake Geneva Country Meats, Lake Geneva, winning bid of $4,500 by Jones Family Farm and Hull Farms;1st Reserve Champion, Karl’s Country Market, Menomonee Falls, winning bid of $1,250 to Meijer (donated back and purchased by Daluge Travel, Rick and Peggy Daluge for $1,250); 2nd Reserve Champion, Louie’s Finer Meats, Cumberland, winning bid of $1,000 to J & S Machines.

Cured Specialty Meat Product—Grand Champion Salami: Sailer’s Food Market and Meat Processing, Elmwood, winning bid of $1,500 by Meijer Inc. (donated back and purchased by Wisconsin Souvenir Milkcaps for $800);1st Reserve Champion Smoked Brisket, Sixth Street Market, Ashland, winning bid of $1,000 to Compeer Financial; 2nd Reserve Champion Cottage, Wilson Farm Meats, Elkhorn, winning bid of $3,000 to Town Bank and Bill Thompson.

Ring Bologna—Grand Champion: Sixth Street Market, Ashland, winning bid of $1,200 by Wisconsin Souvenir Milkcaps;1st Reserve Champion, Haen Meat Packing, Inc. Kaukauna, winning bid of $1,250 to Bob and Jill Nieskes; 2nd Reserve Champion, Northwoods Locker LLC, Clayton, winning bid of $900 to Hartman Sand & Travel.

Wisconsin Package—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, winning bid of $3,750 to Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation and Rural Mutual Insurance.

Throughout the day of the sale various 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. In addition, 35 donors gave $104 each in honor of the 104th anniversary of the 4-H program in Wisconsin.

The auction is produced in partnership with the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation, Wisconsin State Fair and the Wisconsin Association of Meat Processors (WAMP). Generous supporters include Meijer Inc., Frost PLLC, Klement Sausage Company, Inc., Salm Partners LLC, Wells Fargo Bank, Rupena’s Fine Foods of Milwaukee and WAMP.

 

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