4-H AUCTION RAISES $23,000

August 02, 2000 12:00 am

GOLD BEACH This years Curry County Junior Livestock auction was a record-breaker, with 41 entries going for more than $23,000, compared to last years 35 entries and $16,605.

We had a real strong audience this year, said auctioneer John Guynup.

Guynup, who worked hard to get the best bid possible for each entry, complained that he was losing his voice, but kept going to bring in the record-breaking bids.

The steer raised by Brookings-Harbor High School student Blair Jones brought the big money in this years auction held last Saturday.

Jones 1,145-pound champion, the only beef in the auction, was purchased by Dennis Huestis representing Rays Food Place for $3 a pound, a total of $3,435.

Rays Food Place also purchased Peter Swensons reserve champion lamb, with the high bid of $4 a pound for the 127-pound animal.

Auction top dollar for lambs was $5.25 paid by Fred Carlton for Hannah Swensons lamb, Reba. Hannah, a Pacific High School student, said Reba has a fine personality and would make a wonderful breeding ewe.

Several other young 4-H member, made the same claim for their lambs.

In contrast, Everett Codds statement about his 273-pound hog, sold for $1.50 a pound, was that the hog was a pain in the butt and the only thing he is good for is bacon.

Prices paid for hogs ranged from $4.25 a pound, paid for Sarah Timeus champion awesome pig, playful Lena, to Codds $1.50.

High bid for goats was $2.50 a pound paid by the Smith Ranch for the 53-pound, First blue ribbon goat raised by 13-year-old Stan Davis.

Only three goats were entered in the auction.

The largest group of animals auctioned were the 22 lambs. Twelve hogs and three groups of poultry were sold.

Most of the auctioned animals were raised by 4-H Club members, with a few individual entries and two lambs from the newly-organized Pacific High School Future Farmers of America.

The FFA lambs were Alicia Erricsons 119-pound red ribbon black lamb, purchased by Fred Messerle for $3.50 a pound; and Hannah Swensons 115-pound blue ribbon lamb with high bid of $3.75 a pound from Fred Carleton.

Baskets, again auctioned this year to raise funds for the 4H program, were donated by Chetco Pharmacy and Gifts, Town and Country Animal Clinic, All About You Salon and Spa, and Currydale Farms and raised $390.

Young participants ranged in age from 7-year-old Kevin Waller with his 280-pound hog sold for $1.75, to graduating seniors raising money for college.

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This years auction was the end of a long run for the two graduating from Brookings Harbor High School, Andrea Eide and Monica Salzburg.

Eide, who has participated in the auction every year for 10 years, said this, her last year before heading for Southern Oregon University in Ashland, was a little bittersweet.

Eides animals, a 115-pound lamb sold for $4.25 a pound and a 261-pound hog sold for $3 a pound, both purchased by Grants Pancake House, providing $1,271 for college.

Salzburg, who will be entering Western Oregon University next month, has been in 4-H for nine years, and has sold her pigs at the junior auction for four years. This years 280-pound hog was purchased by Stuntzner Engineering for $2.75 a pound.

Other purchasers included Willow Bar Ranch, Bob Van Leer, Alpacas on the Rogue, Farm Credit Services, John Mather, Gold Beach Veterinary, Janice Goberg, David and Janice Snazuk, Earl Lang, Tom Swenson, Don Smith, Chetco Federal Credit Union, Jim Lindley, Western Bank, Brookings Harbor Ford, Velma Foster, Jim Blunt, South Coast Lumber Co., Pauls Tractor Service, Del Cur Supply, Gena Carleton, Bill Hitner, Cattrack, and Guerin Ranch.