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State Fair auction sets new records

State Fair auction sets new records
Lauren May's grand champion steer sold for $65,000

The 47th annual Governor's Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction at the 2015 Wisconsin State Fair raised a total of $419,750, shattering last year's record of $320,850 by $98,900.

Bucky Badger and the UW-Marching Band welcomed bidders and fairgoers to the Case IH Coliseum and set the tone for an exciting night. The exhibitors and their champion animals joined Gov. Scott Walker on stage as the auction kicked off at 6:30 p.m. Bidding commenced with the grand champion steer, a crossbred exhibited by Lauren May of Mineral Point in Iowa County. The 1,333-pound steer sold for a record-breaking $65,000 with the winning bid from Roundy's Supermarkets, Inc. representing Pick 'n Save.

Lauren May of Mineral Point, far right, showed the grand champion steer at the Wisconsin State Fair on Aug. 13, a 1,333-pound crossbred purchased by Roundy's Supermarkets, Inc. representing Pick 'n Save.

The annual auction recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of Wisconsin's youth exhibitors. Following are winning bids for the 2015 Governor's Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction:

*Grand champion steer (crossbred) exhibited by Lauren May of Iowa County; Winning bid of $65,000 by Roundy's Supermarkets, Inc. representing Pick 'n Save – a new record.

*Grand champion barrow (crossbred) exhibited by Matt Doney of Iowa County; Winning bid of $35,000 by Potawatomi Hotel & Casino – another new record.

*Grand Champion Lamb (Hampshire) exhibited by Calvin Reilly of Lafayette County; Winning bid of $21,000 by Meijer - another new record.

* Reserve grand champion steer (crossbred) exhibited by Olivia Leahy of Lafayette County; Winning bid of $32,500 by Kenosha Beef International / Birchwood Foods – another new record.

* Reserve grand champion barrow (crossbred) exhibited by Steven Blume of Iowa County; Winning bid of $12,500 by Meijer.

*Reserve grand champion lamb (crossbred) exhibited by Steven Blume of Iowa County; Winning bid of $11,500 by Beer Capitol Distributing – another new record.

*Champion any other breed steer exhibited by Jack Henderson of Racine County; Winning bid of $22,500 by Anheuser-Busch.

*Champion spotted barrow exhibited by Ben Amera of Dane County; Winning Bid of $11,000 by Meijer.

*Champion natural colored lamb exhibited by Kassandra Palzkill of Iowa County; Winning bid of $8,000 by MillerCoors.

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*Champion Maine-Anjou steer exhibited by Allyson Whitcomb of Lafayette County; Winning bid of $21,000 by Walmart and Coca-Cola Refreshments.

*Champion Yorkshire barrow exhibited by Morgan Pribbenow of Columbia County; Winning bid of $8,500 by  Giant Slide Inc., II Dog Enterprise, SkyFair Inc, G&G Concessions, Caribbean Smoothies & Siggy's and Crutchee's Concessions.

*Champion Southdown lamb exhibited by Kassandra Palzkill of Iowa County; Winning bid of $6,000 by Active Property Management.

*Champion Chianina steer exhibited by Austin Wenck of Racine County; Winning bid of $17,000 by Wisconsin Souvenir Milkcaps.

*Champion Berkshire Barrow exhibited by Austin Lynd of Rock County; Winning bid of $9,500 by the Pork-toberfeast Syndicate: Saz's, Bunzel's Meat Market, Leff's Lucky Town, Blue Moon Tavern, Country Fresh Meats, Trawicki Electric, and the Milwaukee Admirals.

*Champion Suffolk lamb exhibited by Steven Blume of Iowa County; Winning bid of $4,500 by MillerCoors.

*Champion Hereford steer exhibited by Ceara Cull of Waukesha County; Winning bid of $13,500 by Interstate Parking and Statewide Fencing Inc.

*Champion Hampshire barrow exhibited by Cole Booth of Sheboygan County; Winning bid of $9,500 by Meijer.

*Champion Shropshire Lamb exhibited by Ainsley Balfanz of Racine County; Winning bid of $4,000 by Truck Country.

*Champion Shorthorn Steer exhibited by Bailey Jones of Lafayette County; Winning bid of $10,000 by Walmart, Coca-Cola Refreshments and Wisconsin State Fair Park Board members.

*Champion Chester White barrow exhibited by Shelby Veum of Dane County; Winning bid of $10,000 by MillerCoors, Collins Sanitary, Cabin Creek Farms.

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*Champion any other breed-white faced lamb exhibited by Gary Taylor of Walworth County; Winning bid of $5,000 by We Energies.

*Champion registered dairy steer exhibited by Andrea Trost of Iowa County; Winning bid of $13,500 by American Foods Group.

*Champion any other breed barrow exhibited by Carly Tibbits of Iowa County; Winning bid of $7,000 by Beechwood Sales & Service.

*Champion Duroc barrow exhibited by Montana Klahn of Green County; Winning bid of $5,750 by Keystone Motor Sports and Firewagon Racing.

*Champion Poland China barrow exhibited by Mercedes Schulz of Green Lake County; Winning bid of $17,000 by Meijer.

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