Posted on Aug 10, 2019

The 55th Annual Kiwanis FFA Livestock Sale opened with a bang last night and kept on rolling, with four records broken, including total amount bid.

The existing record for sale of a lamb was demolished in the first lot offered for sale, as Leo Tsimbinos won the bid at $16,000 for the Grand Champion Lamb shown by Braxton Olsen of the Burns FFA chapter. The previous record was $3,400. (No, there are no misprints in this paragraph. The increase was that much.)

This bid also was the highest ever paid for any animal in the 55 year history of the sale. The previous high was $13,501, paid for a champion steer in 2015.

Braxton’s sister Katherine set a new high mark with her Champion Market Goat. Wyoming Mechanical bid $2,500, easing past the old record of $2,250.

Jaden Gipfert, also of the Burns FFA chapter, watched as Holly Frontier won with a bid of $3,750 for Jaden’s Champion Market Turkey. The previous record was $3,101.

This year’s total for the 36 lots was $148,750, which surpassed the previous high total of $141,230 set in 2015.

Your Kiwanis Investment Group purchased the Reserve Champion Extra Heavy Lamb shown by Cody Winslow of Burns for $2,000.

Braxton Olsen and his Grand Champion Lamb, and purchaser Leo Tsimbinos. (Photo by Rod Brand)