Hard work pays off at livestock sale
Steamboat Springs — At the Routt County Fair Junior Livestock Sale, it’s all about the kids and helping them out.
This was 10-year-old Josie Meyring’s third time showing livestock at the fair, and this year, her steer was sold as the grand champion, fetching $12,500 from the winning bidder.
“I like to raise the animals,” Josie said. “I like to be around animals.”
Eastern Wyoming College sophomore Jessica Rossi concluded her 4-H career Saturday by selling her steer for $5,500.
Every winter since Rossi was 8 years old, her family would pull a steer from their Hart Mountain Ranch, and she would prepare it for fair.
She will be headed back to school this week $5,500 richer.
The buyers at the sale are typically local businesses who want to support the youth by paying prices that are three times or more higher than the market rate for the livestock.
“These families have been supporting us, and we feel it’s our pleasure to come back and give to their kids,” Steamboat Powersports co-owner Jason Stanhopn said after buying a steer. “It’s just an honor to come out and participate in this. We usually like to support the customers that support us.”
Steamboat Motors general sales manager Lee Williams said their business has been buying livestock for more than 20 years.
“Support the kids right here,” Williams said. “This is the future right here.”
He said the sale is all about the kids, and some of the youth they bought livestock from 20 years ago now have children of their own selling animals.
“It’s a good group of folks,” Williams said. “They really care about their kids.”
Jeff Little said the Ore House in Steamboat has been buying livestock at the sale since he and others bought the restaurant 26 years ago.
“It’s a great opportunity for the kids to raise some money to go to college,” Little said.
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