Apr 23 2009
Ryan Orrick, SCCC/ATS Livestock Judging Team coach, reviews last minute instructions with Jett Eder, Sharon Springs, prior to the recent Block and Bridle Pig Sale.
Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Block and Bridle organization along with the Livestock Sales Management class managed two livestock sales and hosted another the weekend of April 9-10.
Over 500 people were through the agriculture building for the sales, according to Stephanie Jones, Block and Bridle president. Buyers registered from six states including one buyer from Gillette, Wy. The students were active in all aspects of planning and conducting the sales. A few of the activities the students participated in included developing a sales budget with a planned profit, developing advertising flyers as well as radio ads, balancing sale checks to the sale tickets and summarizing the strengths and opportunities of this year’s sales.
During the sale students had many roles including serving as sale clerks, cashiers, ringmen and gate attendants. Rough numbers from the class meeting after the sale show the students probably beat their projected profit. Final analysis of profit and loss will be determined during a later class period.
The pig sale was just short of setting records for both gross sales and average sale price per pig. One hundred fifteen pigs sold for a total of $31,150 and averaging $271 per head. With many sales in the area down, the students were very pleased with the Friday night sale.
The Winners Only lamb sale was weaker than past years but similar to what most lamb sales in the area have been. The lamb sale grossed $7,730 on 37 head for an average of $209. The Winners Only sale also included goats. This is only the third year for selling goats in the Winners Only Sale. The goat sale was stronger than past years with a gross of $6,570 for an average of $286 on 23 head.