The Junior Livestock Sale at the Yuma County Fair has turned into a roller coaster ride.

One year after total receipts plummeted by approximately $46,000 to $264,250, that number shot back up nearly to previous levels — with an unofficial total of $308,700 worth of animals sold Monday night at the Yuma County Fairgrounds.

Numbers here are unofficial as Ranchland Livestock Auction will provide the final official sale numbers later this week. The list of sellers and buyers will appear in next week’s edition if all goes according to plan.

The 2015 total of $310,845 topped three consecutive years of record receipts, followed by last year’s downward correction. The economic downturn last decade led to total sales bottoming out at $228,480 in 2010. It eventually rebounded to a new record of $296,775 in 2013, and continued to climb the next two years.

Low ag commodity prices over an extended period likely helped lead to last year’s downturn, as well as the fact a couple of the Grand Champions were not sold since they were being taken to the Colorado State Fair.

All of the 2017 Grand Champions went before the big crowd of generous buyers Monday night. Total lots, including steers, swine, sheep, goats, poultry and rabbits, came in at 163. The average sale, unofficially, was $1,893.87, compared to 162 total lots in 2016 with an average of $1,631.17.

A youngster shares her sno-cone with her steer during the Yuma County Fair. (Courtesy Photo)

Lyndsey Mekelburg sold her Grand Champion Market Goat to a coalition of buyers for $1,500. The full list of buyers will be in next week’s paper.

There were a total of 19 Market Goats that hit the sale floor generating an unofficial $22,450, an average of $1,181.58 per head. Last year, 24 goats sold for $30,050, an average of $1,252.08.

Kennadee Monk sold her Grand Champion Market Beef to a big group of buyers for $6,000, and Brady Midcap’s Reserve Grand Champion sold to a group for $5,500..

Overall, a total of 36 Market Beef entries went before the buyers, generating an unofficial total of $128,200, an average of $3,561.11. That was four more than was sold in 2016, when the average sale was considerably lower at $2,912.50.

Kenzie Morris sold her Grand Champion Market Sheep to a coalition of buyers for $2,500. Jayci Mekelburg sold her Reserve Grand Champion for $1,800. A total of 17 sheep were sold, four more than in 2016. The sheep brought in a total of $24,500, an average of $1,441.18. Last last year’s total was $18,600 total, but the average was nearly the same as last year.

Market Swine were the last to hit the sale floor this year, but the buyers stuck around to the end keep the funds flowing in for the youngsters.

Tylyn Zwirn sold her Grand Champion Market Swine for $6,750. The Reserve Grand Champion was not sold.

A total of 69 hogs were sold for an unofficial total of $117,950, which is a healthy average of $1,709.42. There were a few more hogs last year, 72, but that number generated less total receipts, $114,400, which of course also meant a much lower average of $1,589.

Jade Lungwitz’s Champion Dairy Heifer generated a sale of $4,000, and dairy overall generated $8,000.

Also selling Monday night were rabbits, a turkey, a duck, a chicken, pens of 3 in chickens, ducks and geese. That lot brought in a total $7,600.

Again, look for the full list of buyers and sellers in next week’s Pioneer.