Young farmers part with animals during livestock auction at the fair

By: Kevin Hurd Email
By: Kevin Hurd Email

Just like the speed at which an auctioneer moves his lips, some of the animals at the Northern Wisconsin State Fair change hands in a matter of moments, going from sellers to buyers.

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -- Just like the speed at which an auctioneer moves his lips, some of the animals at the Northern Wisconsin State Fair change hands in a matter of moments, going from sellers to buyers.

They are being raised for this purpose; they are fed well, exercised and cared for. And some of the farmers helping prepare them for this day are young enough to be in elementary and middle school.

Megan Mercier of Cornell is just 11-years-old but already knows what buyers are looking for.

"They want more muscle, a little fat, but more muscle," she said.

She is saying goodbye to her pigs Oreo and Double Stuff, something that is not easy to do.

"It is gonna be a tough experience because you spend so much time with them and then they just go away," she said.

But she knows when it comes to farming, this is how things work.

"You have to let go what you already have," she said.

All through the barns, kids make sure the animals look their very best before the auction.

Mercedes Sykora has been with her pig Mo since she was born.

"The hard work is probably getting up early to walk them before it gets hot," she said.

Rhezt Kragness has been in 4H for nine years. Auction day is nothing new to him. He admits as a farmer you get attached and emotional.

"Every steer I've started with a B so that's how I've kept it," he said.

But he knows there is a job to be done.

"He is going to feed, its part of the industry I'm in," Kragness added.

And so, just as fast as these animals are born, cared for and brought to the ring at the fair, these young farmers also learn lessons of life and providing for others.


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