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Ravalli 4H set to start "online" animal auction next week

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Posted at 8:49 AM, Aug 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-29 15:48:01-04

HAMILTON — Normally, the last weekend in August would be a hectic one for Ravalli 4H kids, as they get ready to show, and auction their animals at the Ravalli County Fair.

Instead, the last few weeks have been hectic as the organization prepares for a pandemic-driven online auction, which will start this coming Tuesday.

"Shifted gears from what would have been a live sale into this online auction. We got the youth members signed up and gathered information from them, personal statements and that pictures of their animals and themselves, while they are at home. We still did a weigh-in to capture the final weight of those animals," said Patrick Mangan the Ravalli County Extension Agent.

More than 160 4H and FFA students will participate in the sale, which goes live on September 1st and continues through noon, the following Sunday.

Mangan says buyers can choose from market beef and steers, lambs, meat goats, sheep, and even a few poultry and rabbits.

Bidders can create a quick profile, searching for specific kids if you want to support them, or even setting up proxy bids you can visitt the 4H website here.