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Michigan Livestock Expo Raises $212,000 for Young Exhibitors
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The Michigan Livestock Expo (MLE) raised more than $212,000 Tuesday night as the state’s finest youth livestock exhibitors showcased their animals at the eighth annual “Sale-abration” at Michigan State University’s Livestock Pavilion in East Lansing.


Source: Michigan Farm Bureau

Contact: Ernie Birchmeier, 517-679-5335

Michigan Livestock Expo Raises $212,000 for Young Exhibitors


The Michigan Livestock Expo (MLE) raised more than $212,000 Tuesday night as the state’s finest youth livestock exhibitors showcased their animals at the eighth annual “Sale-abration” at Michigan State University’s Livestock Pavilion in East Lansing.

This year’s biggest spender was Meijer again.

The Michigan-based retailer led the way with $50,700, including the first and last livestock animals to cross the auction floor. Its representatives paid a record $26,000 for the Grand Champion Steer exhibited by Alissa Boersen of Zeeland and $11,000 for the Eighth Overall Hog exhibited by Colin Trattles of Burr Oak.

Other big spenders featured Greenstone Farm Credit Services, which spent $18,800, and DeKalb-Asgrow, which spent $16,000 for the Reserve Grand Champion exhibited by Nicholas Boersen of Zeeland. 

“We had a really successful event,” MLE Sale Manager Kelsey Maye said. “We had about 250 people at the sale. I was very pleased with the turnout. We had probably one of the best sets of animals that we’ve ever had go through the sale ring.

“I think that’s a testament to all of the breeders, but especially our Michigan breeders,” she added. “Two of our champions were bred and born right here in Michigan—the Grand Champion Market Lamb and Grand Champion Market Hog.”

The Grand Champion Market Lamb exhibited by Kade Shiery sold for $7,500 while the Grand Champion Market Hog exhibited by Lane Mazich of Perry sold for $9,000.

Sales figures did not account for late add-ons following the bidding. The final numbers will be released soon.
In addition to the livestock, an estimated $20,000 was raised through bidding on other items to help fund scholarships.

“Overall, I was really pleased,” Maye said. “It’s extremely rewarding for everybody to be part of this event—from the buyers, who give back to the community and donate to the scholarship fund, to the exhibitors and the spectators inside the pavilion.”

Altogether 36 individual lots were sold: eight steers, eight hogs, eight lambs, five goats, four dairy entries and three non-livestock lots.

Traditionally, exhibitors apply their earnings to college expenses or invest it back into their next livestock project. Proceeds above a sales cap support the Michigan Youth Livestock Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships and educational awards to youth involved in livestock exhibition.

The MLE also introduced its news board of directors: Dennis Wooden, Scott Acker, Dave Neitzel, Brian Breslin, James Averill, Jeff Haarer, George Smith, Ken Nobis, Dave Armstrong and Michigan Farm Bureau President Carl Bednarski.

Since it began in 2009, the MLE has quickly become the premier youth livestock show and sale in Michigan. Hosted in conjunction with the annual Michigan Dairy Expo, the event is unique for including multiple species and being open to young people ages 8 to 21 from anywhere in the state.

Exhibition activities evaluate exhibitors’ skills and talents in the show ring with beef cattle, hogs, sheep and goats. Dairy contests occur in conjunction with the Michigan Dairy Expo.

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