By Heather Mullinix
It’s time to stock up on beef, pork and other meats for the winter, and the Cumberland County Youth Market Livestock Sale is prepared to offer top-quality animals to the public.
Logan Adams, a member of the Cumberland County Junior Livestock Club, said, “These animals are strictly market sales. We take them to the slaughterhouse of your choice. You never have to handle the animal.”
The auction, now in its ninth year, offers county youth an opportunity to sell their market animals and allow the public the opportunity to support the agricultural youth program.
The youth work throughout the summer to raise the animals and prepare them for classes and work on their showmanship with each breed. The market sale offers the youth a chance to recoup funds spent on their animals, with proceeds going to the individual youth owners.
“These animals have been raised by the youth all summer so you don’t have to worry about any food additives,” Adams said.
Adams noted many may not have the freezer space necessary to accommodate the purchase of a full animal, but said buyers could be paired together to purchase a half or quarter of the beef.
“The buyers’ only responsibility is to pick the animal up at the slaughterhouse and to pay at the auction,” Adams said. Buyers will pay the “kill bill” that covers preparing the packaged meat directly to the slaughterhouse of their choice in Cumberland or a nearby county.
The sale is set for 6 p.m. Aug. 31, during the Cumberland County Fair, at the Cumberland County Community Complex. To see the animals in action prior to the sale, attend the swine and sheep shows beginning at 7 p.m. Aug. 30 and the goats and beef show Aug. 31 beginning at 9 a.m.