Going once, going twice, sold! UW-Platteville Pioneer Dairy Club host’s annual consignment sale

November 4, 2013

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PLATTEVILLE, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Pioneer Dairy Club hosted its 31st annual Pioneer Dairy Classic on Saturday, Oct. 26. at the Grant County Fairgrounds.

Throughout the summer, students visit local farmers to ask if they would like to sell cattle in the consignment sale. The Dairy Club receives a commission for selling the cattle and the rest of the profit goes to the owner. Animals could be dropped off on Wednesday or Thursday the week of the sale.

Many farmers who sell their cattle during the Pioneer Dairy Classic have been doing so for years. This includes a good number of alumni that have stayed involved with the club over the years.  

Andrea Pagenkopf, senior agriculture student from Lancaster, Wis., was the student organizer for the Pioneer Dairy Classic this year. “I was very happy on how our sale committee, selection committee, officer team and all members worked together to pull off the sale,” said Pagenkopf. The Dairy club has been working since last April to bring everything together for this sale. “I would like to thank all the Dairy Club members, sales staff, and everyone that donated or helped in any way,” said Pagenkopf. Pagenkopf commented that this “was a great way to end my last year by running such an incredible sale.”

This year the sale did better than it has done in the past five years. The average sale was $2,450 and the highest sale was $6,500. All proceeds go to the Dairy Club to fund scholarships, the dairy judging team and challenge teams as well as support for students going to the American Dairy Science Association regional conference. They also use the money to help pay the expenses from the consignment sale including, renting the fairgrounds, paying for advertisements and taking care of the cattle.

The Pioneer Dairy Club puts in hundreds of hours to organize and work this event. Out of the 110 members of the Dairy Club, about 80 help each year with the sale. The jobs include talking to farmers about providing cattle, working the food stand and silent auction as well as set up and tear down for the event. One of the most important jobs is watching the cattle. From Thursday, Oct. 23 to the day of the sale on Saturday, Oct. 26, students were at the fairgrounds 24/7 watching the cattle.

The Pioneer Dairy Club worked with a number of campus organizations and individuals this year. The UW-Platteville Pioneer Farm consigned a cow that had won awards at a district show. The Dairy Club also hired students from the Agribusiness Club to help with the clerical work.   

There were many people who came out in support of the Dairy Club, including Provost den Herder. Brian Quinn, a balloon artist and senior in business administration, was commissioned to create a life-size balloon cow. Quinn previously attended to another function at UW-Platteville and made a life-size Pioneer Pete character.

“Every year I’m more impressed with our students,” said Dr. Tera Montgomery, professor of dairy science, dairy management and dairy club advisor. “They know what they are doing and they have a lot of fun doing it. This sale supports many programs throughout the year and the more work they put in the more they get out.”

Contact: Dr. Tera Montgomery, School of Agriculture, (608) 342-6027, montgomeryt@uwplatt.edu

Written by: Megan Schmidt, UW-Platteville University Information and Communications, (608) 342-1194, schmidtme@uwplatt.edu

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