WIU School of Ag legacy sale has record year – Western Illinois University News
WIU School of Ag Legacy Sale Has Record Year
June 1, 2021
MACOMB, IL – A group of students from Western Illinois University School of Agriculture decided to plan and hold the department’s annual fundraising auction to benefit WIU’s agricultural programming and ended up establishing a new sales record for the event.
This year, the heirloom sale grossed $ 73,000 for the University’s cattle judging team and University farm improvements, breaking the previous record of over $ 20,000.
The online sale featured nearly 120 items, ranging from a bar handcrafted by WIU Senior Agriculture Major Stewart Andrews, using wood from a former Western Hall basketball court, to live animals, to frozen genetics and seed corn.
The show is hosted annually primarily by students in the Cattle Merchandising class taught by Associate Professor of Agriculture Mark Hoge.
“The sale was a huge success,” Hoge said. “The Cattle Merchandising Class and the Cattle Breeding Team worked together to make the sale a success. I cannot say thank you enough to the donors and buyers. This sale takes a tremendous amount of time and effort. coordinate, but is totally worth it. “
Andy Baker, director of the WIU School of Agriculture, said the annual exhibition is becoming one of many traditions associated with the University’s agriculture program.
“This year’s sale certainly exceeded our expectations as it raised more funds than any of the previous years,” said Baker. “The cattle merchandising course students and Dr. Mark Hoge worked endless hours to put this sale together, and it turned out. This annual event continues to improve each year under the leadership of Dr. Hoge and thanks to the excitement of our students. We cannot thank our donors, alumni and buyers enough for participating in this event. “
Mason Hartman, senior director of agriculture for WIU, Attica, IN, the chairman of the Hoof and Horn Club, said he helped the show in a number of ways, including securing bundles of donations, writing lot descriptions and hosting Facebook Live events to promote the sale.
“It was exciting, tiring and rewarding, all in the same breath,” said Hartman. “It was a good deal to be part of something that helps support the school. It made us proud to be a Leatherneck, and we broke our previous sales record of over $ 30,000.
Hartman and Spring 2021 graduate Bailey Irick said more than 20 members of the livestock marketing class took part in the sale, along with around 30 members of the livestock assessment team. Both greatly credited the work of WIU student Kyle Webster, a senior agricultural student, from Chrisman, IL, who works with Hoge and is a member of the breeding judging team, calling him the ” definition of an irreducible battleship “and” the heart and soul of the sale. “
Irick worked behind the scenes of the sale, securing a few lots ahead of the sale and making sure successful bidders received their merchandise, as well as sending thank you notes to buyers and donors.
“It was a pivotal moment for this sale as we set a record number for the amount raised,” said Irick. “I believe this is a real testament to the students here at WIU, as they are hard workers who go beyond the job at hand. None of this would have been possible without working with the students.”
For more information on the WIU School of Agriculture, visit wiu.edu/ag.
Posted by: Jodi Pospeschil ([email protected])
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