SPOKANE — Youths from Eastern Washington and beyond hope to gain a lot of experience — and earn some money — raising livestock for the annual Junior Livestock Show of Spokane.
The show opened May 6 and runs through May 11.
Livestock show manager Lynn Cotter expects 500 exhibitors and 500 market animals at the show.
She stressed the importance of supporting youth by purchasing their animals. Students receive life lessons and financial lessons, she said.
“Most of these kids buy their own animals, buy their feed, so they need the paycheck to pay the bills,” she said.
Pullman, Wash., high school junior Kyrah Turner attended the show with her pigs last year, and added steers this year. She brought two of each to the sale.
“Anything’s better than nothing,” she said when asked what kind of price she’s looking for. She wasn’t sure what sort of price her steers should bring, but hoped to get about $2 per pound for her pigs.
“It’s a really good experience, it’s a lot of fun,” she said. “There’s a lot going on and it’s kind of stressful, but it really gets your adrenaline going.”
Adam Herres, a sophomore with the Pomeroy FFA, was showing steers. He hoped to get about $3.50 per pound.
The hardest part is halter-breaking the animal so it can be properly led, Herres said.
And his favorite part of raising the animal?
“The money after you sell,” he said, breaking into a big grin.
Kheigan Bott, a senior and a member of the Pomeroy FFA, has been showing steers since the fourth grade, following in the footsteps of his siblings. He hoped to get anything above the floor price of $1.60 per pound.
Pullman, Wash., junior Nick Risenauer brought two market steers. It took about nine months to raise them. He hoped to get about $1.45 per pound to cover costs and help for next year’s project.
“The worst part is forking over the money to buy the animals,” he said. “It’s expensive.”