State Rep. Dan Lauwers helped purchase a showcase lamb on behalf of the state House Agriculture Committee at this week’s Michigan Livestock Auction at the Ag Expo in East Lansing.
Lauwers, a 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 helped purchase the lamb.
Lauwers represented the committee at the annual 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.