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Wisconsin State Fair grand champion steer sells for $52,500

Wisconsin State Fair grand champion steer sells for $52,500

Governor's Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction raises $321,950. a drop from the 2015 record.

The 48th annual Governor's Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction at the 2016 Wisconsin State Fair raised a total of $321,950, down from $419,750 last year which set a record.

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 (crossbred) exhibited by Tori Crisp of Union Grove in Racine County. The 1317-pound steer sold for $52,500 with the winning bid from Kenosha Beef International/Birchwood Foods.

GRAND CHAMPION STEER: Tori Crisp of Union Grove, at the halter, received $52,500 during the Wisconsin State Fair Governor's Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction for her 1,317-pound grand champion (crossbred) steer purchased by Kenosha Beef International/Birchwood Foods. (Photo by Sarah Achenbach)

The annual auction recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of Wisconsin’s youth exhibitors. Following are winning bids for the 2016 Governor’s Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction:

• Grand champion barrow (crossbred) exhibited by Bryce Friday of Green Lake County, $17,600 by Meijer and Fire Wagon Racing

• Grand champion lamb (crossbred) exhibited by Reid Suddeth of Iowa County, $16,000 by WalMart

• Reserve grand champion steer (crossbred) exhibited by Lauren May of Iowa County, $15,000 by Meijer

• Reserve grand champion barrow (Yorkshire) exhibited by Carly Tibbits of Iowa County, $13,000 by Johnsonville Sausage 

• Reserve grand champion lamb (Hampshire) exhibited by Sara Johnson of Walworth County, $15,000 by Meijer (a record)

• Champion Maine-Anjou steer exhibited by Tori Kohlway of Sheboygan County, $14,000 by Beechwood Sales & Service

• Champion Duroc barrow exhibited by Danny Pitz of Iowa County, $7,500 by Statewide Fencing Inc. and Interstate Parking

• Champion natural colored lamb exhibited by Malorie Johnson of Iowa County, $3,000 by Active Property Management Group and Cable Contract Services

• Champion Chianina steer exhibited by Austin Lynd of Rock County, $12,000 by Wisconsin Souvenir Milkcaps

• Champion Hampshire barrow exhibited by Cole Weinkauf of Racine County, $12,000 by Beechwood Sales & Service

•  Champion Suffolk lamb exhibited by Brady Meudt of Walworth County, $5,500 by the Pork-toberfeast Syndicate: Saz’s, Leff’s Lucky Town, Bunzel’s, Trawicki Electric, Blue Moon Tavern at the Park, Country Fresh Meats, Zimmerman Architectural Studios, Master Z’s, Milwaukee Admirals and Major Goolsby’s

• Champion Shorthorn steer exhibited by Shade Bunker of Monroe County, $8,500 by Coca-Cola Refreshments and Kwik Trip

• Champion Chester White barrow exhibited by Trenna Cherney of Juneau County; $8,000 by MillerCoors

• Champion Dorset lamb exhibited by Kassandra Palzkill of Iowa County; $4,500 by Meijer 

• Champion any other breed steer exhibited by Cody Adams of Grant County, $7,000 by Giant Slide Inc., II Dog Enterprise, SkyFair Inc., G&G Concessions, Caribbean Smoothies & Siggy’s and Crutchee’s Concessions

• Champion Spotted barrow exhibited by Kelsee Fargo of Iowa County, $5,000 by Bob May Show Cattle

• Champion any other breed lamb exhibited by Brooke Ace of Dane County, $3,000 by J&J Tree Service

• Champion Angus steer exhibited by Kelsee Fargo of Iowa County, $15,500 by Kevin Schuele, Minor’s Garden Center, Advanced Fun Technology/Ejection Seat, Halbman Co., Mindemann Farms, Country Lane Farm, Windy Pine Cattle, and Mark Weigel

• Champion Poland China barrow exhibited by Mercedes Schulz of Green Lake County; $6,500 by Alsum Farms & Produce, Dalton Lumber, and Trembling Prairie Farms  

• Champion Shropshire lamb exhibited by Kailen Smerchek of Marathon County, $3,750 by Collins Sanitary

• Champion Hereford steer exhibited by Madison Katzenberg of Green County, $9,000 by Meijer

• Champion Berkshire barrow exhibited by Kora Gunderson of Racine County, Winning Bid of $8,500 by Go Riteway and the Pork-toberfeast Syndicate: Saz’s, Leff’s Lucky Town, Bunzel’s, Trawicki Electric, Blue Moon Tavern at the Park, Country Fresh Meats, Zimmerman Architectural Studios, Master Z’s, Milwaukee Admirals and Major Goolsby’s 

• Champion Simmental steer exhibited by Peyton Leisgang of Outagamie County, $7,000 by Alsum Farms & Produce, Dalton Lumber, and Trembling Prairie Farms

• Champion any other breed barrow exhibited by Cole Weinkauf of Racine County, $5,000 by We Energies

• Champion registered dairy steer exhibited by Andrea Trost of Iowa County, $12,000 by American Foods Group

• Champion Hereford barrow exhibited by Alex Tesarik of Manitowoc County, $16,000 by Meijer, MillerCoors and the Pork-toberfeast Syndicate: Saz’s, Leff’s Lucky Town, Bunzel’s, Trawicki Electric, Blue Moon Tavern at the Park, Country Fresh Meats, Zimmerman Architectural Studios, Master Z’s, Milwaukee Admirals and Major Goolsby’s.

Source: Wisconsin State Fair

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