Farmers and agribusiness leaders came out for the Higginsville Chamber of Commerce producer appreciation dinner.  Chamber Board member Cara Riekhof says the annual gathering gets a lot of community support..

 Cara Riekhof

Riekhof says the event helps Lafayette County businesses thank those involved in agriculture.

 Cara Riekhof 2

Following the dinner many of the 500 guests moved across the street for the 4-H / FFA market animal and premium auction.  The results of the sale are posted below in a Lafayette County press release. 

 The market animal and premium sale took place shortly after dinner across the street. 

The 2011 Lafayette County 4-H/FFA Auction was the highlight for the animal projects of many 4-H/FFA members Thursday evening, July 14, at Fairground Park in Higginsville.

With over 60 auction animals and hams to be sold, auctioneers and ringmen John Campbell, Glen Dieckman, Mike Williams, Kevin Whitworth, Mike McGhee, and Bryce Neher were ready to get the auction going.  A ham silent auction was held prior to the regular auction with the following results:  Jan Angel purchased a blue ribbon ham belonging to Jeffery Angel, Odessa; Mid Missouri Home Center purchased a blue ribbon ham from Dalton Bargfrede, Alma; Neher’s Auction Service purchased a blue ribbon ham from Kendall Bell, Odessa; Rod Lantz purchased blue ribbon hams from Caedon Bergman and Caleb Bergman, Alma; Central Missouri Agri-Service purchased a blue ribbon ham from Conner Bergman, Alma; Mid Missouri MFA purchased blue ribbon hams from Abram Frerking, Concordia; and Bailey Fuehring, Concordia; First Central Bank purchased a blue ribbon ham from Nathan Johnson, Odessa; April Liles purchased a blue ribbon ham from Michaela Liles, Odessa; River Valley MFA purchased a blue ribbon ham from Dylan McGhee, Odessa; Wheeler Auction Service purchased a blue ribbon ham from Dalton Reynolds, Warrensburg; US Bank purchased a blue ribbon ham from Becca Roepe, Alma; Terry Wodrich purchased a blue ribbon ham from Tanner Wodrich, Alma; and Bartlett Grain purchased a blue ribbon ham from Abby Zitelman, Alma. 

The regular auction started with the Grand Champion Steer owned by Ben Niendick, Wellington, selling to River Valley MFA for $2.70/lb.  The Reserve Champion Steer which was also named the Grand Champion Bred and Owned Steer owned by Mikayla Storck, Concordia, sold to Heartland Farm and Lawn for $3.00/lb.  Dalton Edwards from Higginsville sold his Reserve Champion Bred and Owned Steer to Community Access for $2.50/lb. 

Other buyers of blue ribbon steers included Deems Equipment from Melanie Barnett, Wellington, and Sadie Limback, Waverly; Mid Missouri MFA from Rochelle Kanoy, Concordia; Rick Wood Masonry from Drake Wood, Lee’s Summit; Shockley Vet Services from Clint Thilking, Napoleon, and Valerie Barnett, Wellington; River Valley MFA from Kylie Limback, Waverly; Cody Thilking, Napoleon; and Dennis Gower, Oak Grove; Rick Long with All Crop Farm Insurance from Neal Barnett, Wellington; and Martha Cowherd, Blackburn; State Bank of Missouri from Chad Tieman, Alma; Beefland Feed Yards from Abbie Mahnken, Corder; Corder Bank from Robert Cowherd, Blackburn; Lafayette County Truck and Tractor from Dillon Gower, Oak Grove; Quality Overhead Door from Caleb Thilking, Napoleon; Concordia Implement from Tim Nienhueser, Alma; Central Missouri Agri Service from Ben Nienhueser, Alma; and Citizens Telephone/Citizens Cablevision from Abigail Oelrichs, Higginsville.  

State Representative Mike McGhee purchased the first place blue ribbon fryer rabbit from Lonnie Todd, Centerview, for $35, while Public Administrator Barb Copenhaver purchased the blue ribbon roaster rabbit from Katherine Silvers, Odessa for $35. 

DBF, Inc. purchased the Champion Market Goat from Sarah Daubendiek from Sibley, for $2.60/lb.  Other blue ribbon market goats were purchased by Whitworth Auction Service from Dustin Thompson, Dover; NAPA from Ashley Rasa, Corder; Hoflander Ford from Adam Dickmeyer, Sibley; Shockley Vet Services from Rylee Gannon, Higginsville; and First Central Bank from Kristin Boland, Corder. 

Rudi’s Carpet and Furniture purchased the Champion Smoked ham from Carter Wodrich, Alma, for $270. Bank of Odessa  purchased the Champion Non-Smoked ham from Anita Liles, Odessa, for $200.  The Reserve Champion Smoked ham was purchased by State Bank of Missouri from Cole Wodrich, Alma, for $320.  Hannah Bargfrede, Alma, sold her Reserve Champion Non-Smoked ham to Mid Missouri Energy for $175. 

 The Grand Champion market hog belonging to Allison Bertz, Mayview, sold for $2.20/lb to Bank of Odessa, while Corbin Bell from Higginsville sold his Reserve Grand Champion market hog to River Valley MFA for $3.75/lb. 

Other blue ribbon hogs were purchased by River Valley MFA from Jacob Beckemeyer, Napoleon; and Ryan Logue, Lexington; Rick Wood Masonry from Reece Schreiman, Higginsville; Rick Long with All Crop Farm Insurance from Serra Crowley, Odessa, and Payton Kanoy, Concordia; First Community Bank from Rachel Simmons, Higginsville; Earthworks Excavation from Colton Williams, Higginsville; Stuenkel Brothers Concrete from Abby Bertz, Mayview; Hoflander Ford from Dakota Hook, Higginsville; Heartland Farm and Lawn from Jillian Bertz, Mayview; Central Missouri Agri Service from Cole Oelrichs, Higginsville, and John Brunkhorst, Concordia; Dale Aversman Insurance from Caitlin Niendick, Napoleon; State Bank of Slater from Jessica Strathman, Higginsville; FCS Financial from Colby Dowell, Odessa; DBF, Inc. from Justin Howard, Odessa; Bank of Odessa from Cathy Crowley, Odessa; and Mid Missouri Energy from Tabitha Strathman, Higginsville.

The Lafayette County 4-H/FFA Fair would not be possible without all the auction buyers, auctioneers and ringmen, donations, Fairboard members, volunteers, parents, and members.  It’s people like you that help to make these 4-H and FFA members “blue ribbon children.”