A total of 193 market animals and pens and four cheese baskets were offered for sale by 4-H and FFA members at the 2017 Junior Market Livestock Sale, held Aug. 11 during the Delta County Fair in Hotchkiss.
The sale, totaling $238,800 included $96,025 for 33 beef animals, averaging $2,909.85 per head; $3,990 for 13 chicken pens, averaging $306.92 per pen; $44,960.00 for 62 goats, averaging $702.58 per head; $22,100 for 23 lambs, averaging $960.87 per head; $650 for two rabbit pens, averaging $325 per pen; $68,550 for 57 swine, averaging $713.44 per head; and $975 for two pens of turkeys, averaging $487.50 per pen. Total sales for the cheese basket sale were $1,550 for four baskets, averaging $387.50 per basket.
The Delta County 4-H and FFA members again thank all the supporters of the Junior Market Livestock Sale, including the volunteers, the Junior Market Livestock Sale Committee, sponsors and buyers.
A collaborative effort between the Delta County Sheriff's Office and municipal law enforcement agencies throughout Delta County has resulted in a proposal for a 1 percent sales tax increase to fund public safety. A PowerPoint presentation titled "Back the Badge" is starting to make the rounds at city/town council meetings, service club luncheons and other events.