By Julie Johansen
The Southeastern Utah Jr. Livestock Show has been hosted by Ferron City for decades. The city nearly doubles in size every July when exhibitors from across the state converge on the fairgrounds. This has been an exceptional year, especially since there was no state spectacle in 2020 due to the pandemic. There were 44 goats, 55 lambs, 20 steers and 80 hogs sold in Saturday’s auction.
The Grand Champion Goat was exhibited by Brett Rasmussen and sold for $ 2,300. The reserve champion goat owned by Jason Willoughby of Heber sold for $ 4,000. The grand champion steer was exhibited by Allie Sorensen of Spanish Fork and sold for $ 5,100. The champion reserve steer was also from Spanish Fork, owned by Tuf Sorensen, and it also sold for $ 5,100.
In the lamb market, the big champion was owned by Jason Willoughby and sold for $ 2,400. The reserve was presented and sold by Wyatt Mangelson of Payson and sold for $ 2,300. The species with the most shows were market hogs and the champion was owned by Dallie Jo Pehrson of Atonah, Utah and sold for $ 1,500. The reserve champion was owned by Daytan Worwood of Ferron and sold for $ 2,100.
Each exhibitor could only sell one animal, but each champion must be auctioned. Jason Willoughby had two champions, so he donated the proceeds from the sale of his champion lamb to the show.
Another highlight of the show this year was a peewee goat show hosted and sponsored by the Emery High Future Farmers of America Chapter. Several young people exhibited their pet goats to the delight of the crowd.