Meat Products Auction Delivers With Plans For More

The Governor’s Blue Ribbon Meat Products Auction at the Wisconsin State Fair celebrated its 27th year. In total, this year’s auction raised more than $100,000. Proceeds from the auction benefit the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation, which supports Wisconsin 4-H activities including 4-H conferences, teaching materials and workshops, and overall development of 4-H youth.

 

Governor Walker hosted the Auction, with Mistress of Ceremonies Pam Jahnke, radio and TV agricultural reporter and host. Auctioneers for the evening were Bob Johnson, Milton and Kathy Packard, the 2018 Champion of the Wisconsin Auctioneer’s Association Competition, from Antigo. In addition, serving as the auction’s ringmen Rodney Freymiller, 2010 Wisconsin Ringman Champion, Tim Slack, Wisconsin Auctioneers Association Past President, WAA Hall of Fame and 2004 Wisconsin State Champion Auctioneer and Dave Koning, 2012 President and 2014 State Champion, 2007 State Champion Ringman and Gary Finley, Walworth.

Dr. Jeff Sindelar, UW-Extension Meat Specialist, oversees the competition and hopes it will continue to grow not only in categories but processor participation.

 

Among those attending the auction were: Kathleen O’Leary, CEO Wisconsin State Fair Park, Ray Cross, President of the UW System, Sheila Harsdorf, Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture, and other dignitaries and supporters of 4-H.

 

The 2018 Best of Show Award went to meat processor Sailer’s Food Market and Meat Processing, Inc. of Elmwood. The meat processor earned the honor for its Salami. It sold to Egg Innovations for $2,000.

 

The Grand Champion, 1st Reserve Champion and 2nd Reserve Champion winners for each of the categories are:

 

FLAVORED BACON

Grand Champion

Haen Meat Packing, Inc., Kaukauna

Buyer: Frost CPAs

Sale Price: $4,000

Generously donated back and purchased by Wells Fargo for $2,000.

 

1st Reserve Champion

Lake Geneva Country Meats, Lake Geneva

Buyer: Hull Farms and Jones Family Farm – Chris Jones

Sale Price: $4,500

 

2nd Reserve Champion

Roskom Meats, Kaukauna

Buyer: Meijer, Inc.

Sale Price: $2,750

 

BONE-IN HAM

Grand Champion

Haen Meat Packing, Inc., Kaukauna

Buyer: Boehlke Bottle Gas, GoRiteway, Badger State Auction, Saz’s and Cousins Subs

Sale Price: $5,600

 

1st Reserve Champion

Lake Geneva Country Meats, Lake Geneva

Buyer: Klement’s Sausage Company, Inc.

Sale Price: $5,300

 

2nd Reserve Champion

Newton Meats, Inc., Newton

Buyer: Wisconsin Souvenir Milkcaps

Sale Price: $2,000

 

FLAVORED SUMMER SAUSAGE

Grand Champion

Karl’s Country Market, Menomonee Falls

Buyer: Egg Innovations

Sale Price: $3,700

Generously donated back and purchased by Rural Mutual Insurance for $1,100.

Generously donated back and purchased by Dave and Kim Daniels for $1,200.

 

1st Reserve Champion

Lodi Sausage Company and Meat Market, Lodi

Buyer: Meijer, Inc.

Sale Price: $2,000

Generously donated back and purchased by Wisconsin Souvenir Milkcaps for $1,500.

 

2nd Reserve Champion

Newton Meats, Inc., Newton

Buyer: Gibbsville Implement, Inc.

Sale Price: $1,500

 

DRIED OR SMOKED BEEF

Grand Champion

Sailer’s Food Market and Meat Processing, Inc., Elmwood

Buyer: Cooperative Resources International

Sale Price: $1,600

 

1st Reserve Champion

People’s Meat Market, Stevens Point

Buyer: Randy Schopen Memorial Foundation

Sale Price: $1,200

 

2nd Reserve Champion

Louie’s Finer Meats, Cumberland

Buyer: Town Bank

Sale Price: $1,000

 

FLAVORED SNACK SAUSAGES

Grand Champion

Wilson Farm Meats, Elkhorn

Buyer: Merwin Farms, Becky and Ernie Merwin

Sale Price: $3,500

 

1st Reserve Champion

Haen Meat Packing, Kaukauna

Buyer: Wells Fargo Bank

Sale Price: $2,500

 

2nd Reserve Champion

Louie’s Finer Meats, Cumberland

Buyer: Daluge Travel, Rick and Peggy Daluge

Sale Price: $1,250

 

COOKED BRATWURST

Grand Champion

Ray’s Market, Colby

Buyer: Crane Farms

Sale Price: $2,500

 

1st Reserve Champion

The Meat Block, LLC, Greenville

Buyer: Meijer, Inc.

Sale Price: $2,000

 

2nd Reserve Champion

Louie’s Finer Meats, Cumberland

Buyer: Hartman Sand & Travel

Sale Price: $2,000

 

WHOLE MUSCLE JERKY

Grand Champion

Lake Geneva Country Meats, Lake Geneva

Buyer: Jones Family Farm and Hull Farms

Sale Price: $4,500

 

1st Reserve Champion

Karl’s Country Market, Menomonee Falls

Buyer: Meijer, Inc.

Sale Price: $1,250

Generously donated back and purchased by Daluge Travel, Rick and Peggy Daluge for $1,250.

 

2nd Reserve Champion

Louie’s Finer Meats, Cumberland

Buyer: J & S Machine

Sale Price: $1,000

 

CURED SPECIALTY MEAT PRODUCT

Grand Champion – Salami

Sailer’s Food Market and Meat Processing, Elmwood

Buyer: Meijer, Inc.

Sale Price: $1,500

Generously donated back and purchased by Wisconsin Souvenir Milkcaps for $800.

 

1st Reserve Champion – Smoked Brisket

Sixth Street Market, Ashland

Buyer: Compeer Financial

Sale Price: $1,000

 

2nd Reserve Champion – Cottage

Wilson Farm Meats, Elkhorn

Buyer: Town Bank and Bill Thompson

Sale Price: $3,000

 

RING BOLOGNA

Grand Champion

Sixth Street Market, Ashland

Buyer: Wisconsin Souvenir Milkcaps

Sale Price: $1,200

 

1st Reserve Champion

Haen Meat Packing, Inc. Kaukauna

Buyer: Bob and Jill Nieskes

Sale Price: $1,250

 

2nd Reserve Champion

Northwoods Locker LLC, Clayton

Buyer: Hartman Sand & Gravel

Sale Price: $900

 

Another item was auctioned off benefiting the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation and Wisconsin 4-H youth. A Wisconsin-shaped Summer Sausage courtesy of Kewaskum Frozen Foods of Kewaskum was purchased by Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation and Rural Mutual Insurance for $3,750.

Throughout the day of the sale various Wisconsin State Fair vendors donated a portion of their sales to the Meat Productions Auction and Wisconsin 4-H Foundation. In total, over $5,000 was donated by these generous vendors.