4-H Market Lamb Corners Market to Help Neighbor

Community raises $9,500 to help longtime 4-H volunteer.

Published on: Aug 7, 2007

A group of Kansans in Chase County have redefined the idea of "resale."

Fairgoers in this community typically reward 4-H members with premium prices for the youngsters' market lambs, steers and hogs. This year buyers wrote checks totaling $36,425 for the 75 animals in the 4-H livestock auction July 26.

After the sale, however, the committee in charge of the event donated back a lamb it had purchased. The lamb's resale was to benefit Betty Yoder, a longtime rural resident whose home had burned to the ground the previous day.

The bidding was lively, and the lamb was sold and re-sold 22 times. When the final gavel fell, the lamb had raised $9,500, says Mike Holder, agent/director of the county's Kansas State University Research and Extension programs - including 4-H.

Yoder is a former 4-H member herself and a perennial 4-H volunteer, Holder explains. The committee's choosing a lamb for resale was a good match, because the Yoder family has been active in the 4-H sheep project for years. In fact, Jay Yoder, Betty's son, currently volunteers as the county fair's sheep show superintendent.

"Reselling the lamb also reflected the neighborliness of our community," Holder adds.

Holder was especially pleased to see 4-H'ers stepping up to share some of the profits from their own projects, "to help someone who had helped them."

Chase County's K-State Research and Extension office is at 1-620-273- 6491.