Colorado’s Touchstone Energy cooperatives put charge into Junior Livestock Sale

Cody Huwa, 13, parades his grand champion steer, Rooster, around the auction ring with the help of his 2-year-old sister at the Colorado State Fair’s Junior Livestock Sale held on Aug. 30.

The 2011 version of the Junior Livestock Sale at the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo had a lot of familiar themes – including a large group of impressive Future Farmers of America and 4-H youth with their array of top-notch home-grown animals, busloads of enthusiastic buyers and the state’s Touchstone Energy cooperatives to sponsor the whole shebang.  At the conclusion of the Aug. 30 event, the kids – most of whom live in rural areas served by Tri-State member co-ops – collectively accumulated more than $415,000 from the deep-pocketed and dedicated bidders made up of business and community leaders from across Colorado.

The annual sale is instrumental in supporting the future of Colorado’s agribusiness as it effectively demonstrates to youth the importance of raising quality livestock and the work required of those who pursue careers in agriculture.  “Because of that,” said Tri-State communications manager Jim Van Someren, “Tri-State, our Colorado member co-ops and CREA feel it’s an important and worthwhile project to jointly support – which we have been doing now for the past six years.”

State fair general manager Chris Wiseman concurred, saying, “The Colorado State Fair is proud to be a part of this important event.  We have generous buying groups from across the state coming together to support the hard work and dedication of our agricultural youth exhibitors.  It is always a wonderful experience.”

The big winner of the annual sale is traditionally the boy or girl who has raised the grand champion steer and this year was no exception.  That distinction went to 13-year-old Cody Huwa and his 1,359-pound steer, Rooster.  For the second straight year, the winning bid maxed out at $53,000 – which Cody
says he will put toward his college savings, along with donating some to his sister’s special-needs cheerleading team.

Cody is an active third-generation farmer/rancher living outside of Roggen, Colo., in Weld County, where both his father (Brent) and grandfather (Richard) are have been longtime member-consumers of Tri-State member co-op Morgan County REA.

The Junior Livestock Sale is the largest 4-H and FFA event of its kind in Colorado.  This year’s participants surpassed the total proceeds raised in 2010
by approximately $55,000.  Read more coverage about the fair and the sale in the Pueblo Chieftain.  The State Fair runs through Labor Day.

 

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