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Farm News: New Records Set in Governor’s Blue Ribbon Meat Products Auction

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Posted: 08.08.2012

Governor Walker worked the crowd from the stage, encouraging bidders to increase their bids, and contributed to a sale that set the all-time record for the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Meat Products Auction that raises money for the 100,000 youth participating in the Wisconsin 4-H program. When the final gavel fell, the auction raised $88,300 for Wisconsin 4-H activities including 4-H conferences, teaching materials and workshops, and overall development of 4-H youth. The auction was held August 7 at Wisconsin State Fair Park.

 

Besides the 4-H youth, the star of the evening was Ray’s Market, a meat processor from Colby, Wis., named the 2012 Best in Show. Ray’s Market, who earned the honor for their Bone-in Ham, competed against 120 entries for the coveted title. The Best in Show bone-in ham sold for $8,700 to a consortium formed by Country Fresh Meats, Egg Innovations and Hartmann Sand and Gravel. The consortium donated the ham back to the auction and it re-sold for $1,800 to Paulson Farms.

 

Auctioneers Bob Johnson and Gary Finley, emcee Bob Meyer and Governor Walker not only sold each Grand Champion and Reserve Champion entries from the Wisconsin State Fair Meat Products Contest but also several Wisconsin-themed packages to set the new record. Other auction results include:

 

Grand Champion Flavored Bacon

Made by: Lodi Sausage Company & Meat Market, Lodi

Buyer: Gabby Meats

Sale price: $6,100 (new record)

 

Reserve Grand Champion Flavored Bacon

Made by: Country Fresh Meats, Weston

Buyer: Capn’s Steakhouse & Saloon

Sale price: $4,000

 

Grand Champion Traditional Bratwurst

Made by: Geiss Meat Service, Merrill

Buyer: Egg Innovations

Sale price: $3,500 (new record)

(donated back and resold for $3,000 to Country Fresh Meats; donated again and resold to Bernie’s Fine Meats $1,500)

 

Reserve Grand Champion Traditional Bratwurst

Made by: Bernie’s Fine Meats, Port Washington

Buyer: Cousin’s Subs

Sale price: $4,000

 

Reserve Grand Champion Bone-in Ham

Made by: Louie’s Finer Meats, Inc., Cumberland

Buyer: Rural Mutual Insurance

Sale price: $ 2,000

(re-donated and sold for $1,600 to Daluge Travel)

 

Grand Champion Whole Muscle Jerky

Made by: Lodi Sausage Company & Meat Market, Lodi

Buyer: Cooperative Resources International

Sale price: $2,000 (ties record)

 

Reserve Grand Champion Whole Muscle Jerky

Made by: Wyttenbach Meats, Prairie du Sac

Buyer: Gabby Meats

Sale price: $1,500

 

Grand Champion Dried or Smoked Beef

Made by: Wyttenbach Meats, Prairie du Sac

Buyer: Badgerland Financial

Sale price: $600 (breaks record)

 

Reserve Grand Champion Dried or Smoked Beef

Made by: Louie’s Finer Meats, Inc., Cumberland

Buyer: Country Fresh Meats

Sale price: $500

(re-donated and sold for $400 to Egg Innovations)

 

Grand Champion Braunschweiger Liver Sausage (new contest category)

Made by: Harry Hansen Meat Service, Franksville

Buyer: Racine County Fair Consortium

Sale price: $2,250

 

Reserve Grand Champion Braunschweiger Liver Sausage

Made by: Kewaskum Frozen Foods, Kewaskum

Buyer: Riteway Bus Company

Sale price: $2,000

 

Grand Champion Flavored Snack Sausages

Made by: Haen Meat Packing Inc., Kaukauna

Buyer: Rural Mutual Insurance

Sale price: $1,600 (breaks record)

(re-donated – sold for $1,200 to Major Goolsby’s & Ultimate Confections)

 

Reserve Grand Champion Flavored Snack Sausages

Made by: Brandon Meats & Sausage Inc., Brandon

Buyer: Ozaukee County Consortium

Sale price: $1,800

 

Grand Champion Summer Sausage

Made by: Straka Meat’s Inc., Plain

Buyer: Gabby’s Meats

Sale price: $1,250

 

Reserve Grand Champion Summer Sausage

Made by: People’s Meat Market, Stevens Point

Buyer: Paulson Farms

Sale price: $1,250

 

A special youth moment where businesses and individuals could pledge $350 for Wisconsin 4-H Youth Development Programs raised $2,800.

 

The auction is a partnership of the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation, Wisconsin Association of Meat Processors (WAMP) and Wisconsin State Fair and is sponsored by Cedar Crest Ice Cream, Rupena’s Fine Foods and Schenck, SC.

 

The Wisconsin 4-H Foundation generates resources to invest in positive development of 4-H youth. For more information visit www.Wis4HFoundation.org.

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