Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Marias Fair 4-H Market Animal Sale

Jesse Fulbright, MSU Liberty County Extension
It is almost Marias Fair fun time!  Thank you for your support of the Marias Fair 4-H Market Animal Sale in past years.  The 2017 Fair will be July 19-23.  Today, I wanted to tell you specifically about the 4-H Market Animal Sale which will be at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 22, 2017.

The Marias Fair will be working with Christiaens Meats and Hanna’s Hi-Line Processing in 2017 for the processing of livestock carcasses.  All 4-H market cattle will be harvested and processed at Christiaens Meats in Valier.  They will be processed over a period of several weeks.  Christiaens Meats can be contacted at 279-3624.  4-H market swine and market lambs will be harvested and processed at Hanna’s Hi-Line Processing in Shelby.  Hanna’s Hi-Line Processing can be reached on their cell phone at 406-890-3635.
All kill and processing fees will be the responsibility of the buyers as you make arrangements with your processors.  This amount will be included at the time you pay for your packaged meat.  Kill fees for cattle are $75, swine are $45 and lambs are $95.  The lamb fee includes the processing fee as well as the kill fee. 
“Buyback” animals will be handled in the same manner as previous years.  This is when a buyer wishes to donate the animal they purchased at the sale to a 4-H entity.  The sale flyer always includes a list of the Marias Fair Committees and county 4-H councils that animals can be donated to.  The youth selling the animal receives the entire amount of the purchase price.  The committee then resells the meat and receives the market price for the animal. 

The 4-H Livestock Committee is thanking buyers from the past few years with tickets to the 4-H Food Booth.  These are worth a special and a drink, and can be redeemed at any time during the fair.  The Food Booth serves a great lunch and dinner Wednesday noon through Sunday night.  Profits from the Food Booth are returned to the fair exhibitors as premium money.
The 4-H Livestock Committee appreciates your support of the Marias Fair and of the 4-H youth.  If there are questions or concerns regarding the 4-H Market Animal Sale, please contact Jesse Fulbright at 759-5625 or Kari Lewis at 873-2239.

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