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Meat, livestock auctions at Wisconsin State Fair bring in record sales

WEST ALLIS, WI (WTAQ) - New sales records were set at two major meat and livestock auctions this week at the Wisconsin State Fair.

Governor Scott Walker was on hand for both -- including the 46th annual Governor's Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction.

Young exhibitors sold 25 animals for a record $313,000. It eclipsed the old mark of $255,000 in the 2005 auction that Jim Doyle presided over.

Lauren May of Iowa County sold the grand champion steer for $45,000 to Milwaukee's Potawatomi Hotel and Casino. Myles Leahy of Lafayette County sold the grand champion barrow to Beer Capitol Distributing for a record $23,500. Calvin Reilly of Lafayette County sold the grand champion lamb to Kevin Schuele for $16,000.

Exhibitors receive 80 percent of the proceeds, and parts of each animal sale goes to a scholarship fund for exhibitors who show leadership and academic excellence.

Also, the Governor's Meat Products Auction raised a record $130,000 for the state's 4-H Foundation. The State Fair runs through Sunday in West Allis.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)