State Rep. Dave Pagel helped purchase a showcase lamb raised by Niles resident Trent George at this week’s Michigan Livestock Auction at the Ag Expo in East Lansing.
Pagel, a local farmer and member of the House Agriculture Committee, helped pitch in part of the necessary funds to purchase the animal, which was designated as a Showcase Market Lamb. Along with the House Agriculture Committee, several businesses and the Michigan Farm Bureau also helped purchase the lamb.
“The annual livestock auction is a tremendous way to teach young people about the agriculture industry while generating needed funding to help further their education,” said Pagel, R-Oronoko Township. “I’m honored to help promote a program that has helped so many young people in our area.”
State Rep. Dan Lauwers, who also serves on the agriculture committee, represented the panel at the auction.
“I’ve always been impressed by the support of Michigan food and agriculture companies at these important auctions,” said Lauwers, R-Brockway Township. “I want to thank everyone for investing in today’s youth, whether with their dollars or volunteer efforts. These events do a world of good for young people today.”
A portion of the money generated from the animal sales are given to the young people who exhibited them as well as to a scholarship fund for participants. Since 2000, the Michigan Youth Livestock Scholarship Fund has awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships and educational awards to outstanding youth who have exhibited at livestock events in Michigan.