Record setting prices made at auction

Published 10:00 pm Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Quality animals, kids and buyers made the 40th 4-H Purple Ribbon Auction, the annual parade of champion beef, lambs, goats and swine, set 12 new record prices, according to a press release. The auction raised more than $680,000 in additional premium dollars from 106 head for Minnesota 4-H youth and animal science programs.

Among those receiving records for their stock were Landon and Madison Mattson, both of Freeborn County.

American Foods Group, Central Livestock Association and O&S Cattle Co. came together for a record-setting bid of $18,900 for this year’s grand champion dairy steer exhibited by Landon Mattson. The reserve champion dairy steer shown by Madison Mattson was purchased by the American Foods Group for $11,100 for another record price.

Proceeds from the 4-H Purple Ribbon Livestock Auction go to the winning 4-H youth, and 20% of the funds are designated to further Minnesota 4-H, the Minnesota 4-H Foundation and the auction scholarships. Forty-one  4-H Purple Ribbon Livestock Auction scholarships were awarded this year from the premiums received last year, and matching dollars are often provided by supporting businesses and organizations.

Madison Mattson of the Conger 4-H Club was a purple ribbon winner at the Minnesota State Fair for reserve champion in the overall dairy steer category. Provided