When Dr. Ron Rogers, Anderson, offered to donate a calf to benefit the aggie and vet tech programs at Crowder College, he had four calves to choose from. He picked the best of the lot to donate.
Rogers made a good choice because on April 2, at the Joplin Regional Stockyards, the 620-pound calf brought more than $7,700. The final bid was for $2.02 per pound.
But the winning bid was preceded by 36 other sales — of the same calf.
In an old-fashioned procedure of buying and then returning the items to the auction to be resold, 37 total bidders got in on the fun. The first 36 sales of this one calf ranged from $25 to $400, with the final bid coming in at $1,250.
The bidding came from regular cattle buyers and from several supporters of the Crowder agriculture program. In all, it made for an exciting auction and some great financial support for the students.
The calf was donated in the name of the Newton County Cattlemen Association and the group expressed great pleasure at the response to the sale. In fact, they were so pleased that the group is planning to make the benefit auction an annual event.
Several corporate sponsors helped in various ways with the auction. Sponsors were the Joplin Regional Stockyards, the Animal Clinic of Diamond, New-Mac Electric, Empire District Electric, Renner Spray Service, Arvest Bank, Corner Stone Bank, Southwest Missouri Bank, Great Southern Bank, Cass Steel, State Farm Agent Fred Harris, Al's Gas, B&M Tire, Community Bank and Trust, Thomas Accounting and Max Ruhl.
The check for the sale was presented to Jay Wilkins, advisor for the Crowder Aggies. He said the money will be used for students to travel to agricultural seminars; for travel to local, state, and national competitions and to host events on campus. The success of the sale was truly a team effort on the part of all involved.
A large group of aggie and veterinarian students attended the auction to watch the sale of the $7,700 calf.
The next meeting of the Newton County Cattlemens Association will be at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13, in the Wright Conference Center at Crowder College. The program will on the Right to Farm Amendment with Missouri State Rep. Bill Reiboldt. John Hobbs, extension specialist from McDonald County, will present a program on weed control.
The meeting will also include a meal. Reservations are required and may be made by calling Karen Fink at 455-5720.