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Dairy Youth Recognition Auction sets record
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MONROE - Sunday was also a record-setting day for the Green County Dairy Youth Recognition Auction, according to Mark Mayer, Green County ag agent.

The auction was held at the same time as the record-setting cheese auction at the Green County Fair.

The youth auction raised $9,725. Last year, the auction raised about $8,300, which was also a record.

Gary Dammen, a member of the Dairy Youth Recognition Auction Committee, said he wasn't sure why the last two years set records.

"I think people just came out to support the kids and the youth," he said. "The auction went really well."

The Swiss Colony bid $1,350 for Albany FFA member Dave Meier's Supreme Sportsmanship Champion cow. It was the high bid of the auction.

The auction is unlike other animal auctions at the fair because the money from each sale is equally divided between a savings bond for the seller and a scholarship fund for youth who show animals at the fair. At other animal auctions, the sellers get all of the money from the sales.

Since the dairy auction began in 2003, more than $11,000 in scholarship money has been given to area youth, Mayer said.

Ten dairy cows received ribbons at the auction in the Supreme Senior Grand Champion Registered Female, Supreme Junior Grand Champion Registered Female and Supreme Showmanship Champion categories.

Katie Dammen, who received $1,050 for her Supreme Junior Grand Champion Registered Female, said the cows were judged on Thursday and Friday and the 10 winners moved on to the auction. Winning bidders received a picture frame of the cow and a plaque to display at their businesses. The kids get to take the cows home when the auction ends.

Others who entered the dairy auction included Breinne Hendrickson, Dayton Dairylanders 4-H; Christopher Kempfer, New Glarus FFA; Brock Reeson, York 4-H; Aaron Nimtz, New Glarus 4-H; Tyler Dorn, New Glarus 4-H; Kelsey Cramer, Spring Grove Honest Workers 4-H; Alyssa Cramer, Spring Grove Honest Workers 4-H; and Ashley Nimtz, New Glarus FFA.