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Purdy FFA student has highest selling market animal

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Chelsea Mareth and Bubba, a Simmental steer purchased from Owen Cattle Company, sold to Race Brothers Farm and Home Supply of Monett during the Barry County Fair market animal premium sale.
Chelsea Mareth, of the Purdy FFA Chapter, and her steer Bubba fetched a "fair" price at the Barry County Fair's market animal premium sale.

A premium sale means the exhibitor keeps the animal after the sale and the highest bidder gets an 8x10 photo, bragging rights and the peace of mind that comes with knowing they supported area youth in the largest industry in the county.

The show was held at Gizmo's Event Center in Wheaton on June 25. During the market steer show, Bubba wasn't favored by the judge and stood third in his class of competitive steers. However, in the premium sale, auctioneer Donnie Stumpff, who graciously volunteered for the job of auctioning off 30 prize winning steers, goats, hogs, lambs, rabbits and chickens, saw things differently, when he gave out the final call from the auctioneers block, "Sold to Race Brothers Farm and Home Supply."

Chelsea and Bubba exited the sale ring with a sale price of $1,000 thanks to money added on by: Owen Cattle Company, of Bois D'Arc where the steer was purchased; Joplin Regional Stockyards; US Bank of Monett; First Community of Neosho; Farm Pro, of Monett; Danny Vaughn, of Vaughn Trucking in Monett; Country Corner, of Purdy; Adam Owen ABS rep from Bois D'Arc; Runnels Chiropractor, of Cassville; Jim Arnaud, of Monett; Redshaw Auto Supply, of Purdy; MFA in Cassville; Chad Yarnall Farm Bureau, of Cassville; Cherry Warren, of Exeter, Joe Grissom, of Purdy and the Purdy FFA Alumni.

"First and foremost I want to thank all the bidders and supporters who purchased animals here tonight or added on money," said Chelsea. "It means a lot, not just to me, but all the kids selling here tonight.

"I just turned 16, so some of it will go to my car fund, but I plan to reinvest most of it in cattle or dogs, so I am sure most of these guys will get their money back," added Chelsea.

One of the main purposes of the Barry County Fair is to help support youth interested in the agricultural industry.

"We don't mind supporting these kids. For us, it's a form of advertisement," said Chris Keeling, of the Joplin Stockyards, who volunteered to help with the sale. "Our hope is that someday these kids will find a career in agriculture, and we want to help support them in that effort."

All youth in Barry County are eligible to participate in the Barry County Fair. Those interested should contact their local county Extension office, local 4-H Club or FFA advisor in their school district. Laura Hensley, Purdy FFA Advisor, "There is no better way for youth to learn accountability and responsibility then to have the wellbeing of an animal placed squarely on their shoulders, and if they do a good job, like Chelsea, they'll be rewarded handsomely for it," said Laura Hensley, Purdy FFA advisor.

"That effort is reflective not just in the agricultural industry but all industry," said Jerry Crownover, who judged the livestock show. "Those individuals who are willing to get out there and learn their trade better than anyone else, those who are willing to outwork the next guy, they're the ones who are going to be successful.

"That's what those kids are doing when they walk in the showring and exhibit that animal for someone to critique," Crownover added. "They're saying I worked harder and smarter and I am here to prove it."

The Barry County Fair was held at Gizmo's Event Center in Wheaton.

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