Livestock Auction Funds Discussed at October Ag Society Meeting

Livestock Auction Funds Discussed at October Ag Society Meeting
Ag society board members discuss livestock auction fund, fairgrounds projects, and more during Thursday's meeting

CUSTER COUNTY—The Custer County Ag Society met last week for its monthly meeting in the Shooting Sports Building at the fairgrounds.

Treasurer Ron Chytka broke down some of the numbers with approximately $5,623.63 in the events fund, more than $18,000 in the capital fund, $1,400 in the memorial fund, and more than $11,000 in the savings account. Chytka said approximately $17,601.10 was in the livestock auction fund but that around $7,914 needed to be moved back to the Ag Society.

Extension Educator Troy Walz said fees were charged since 2011 to help cover the hours spent by ag society members setting up for the livestock auction. Walz said the rules and regulations are outlined in the annual fair book and Chytka added that the total comes to approximately $1,000 each year.

“The ag society in 2011 started charging “ag society fees” for animals that went through the livestock auction. Ten dollars for every beef that sells through the ring and $2 for every sheep, swine, and goat. So that is where that comes from,” Walz said.

The board decided to use some of that money to pay off the remaining balance of the wash rack project and to put the remaining $5,000+ in the general fund, but mark it to be used for county fair.

Troy Walz said the fair record books are completed and 4-H Recognition Night will be held on Friday, November 15 at the Broken Bow Municipal Building. The 4-H Family BBQ will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. with the 4-H Council Election and Member and Leader Recognition beginning at 7 p.m. RSVP to the Extension office by November 12.

The board approved to renew membership with the League of Agricultural and Equine Centers at the recommendation of Events Coordinator Michelle Nelson. The board also discussed the possibility of submitting a bid for the Nebraska High School Rodeo Finals, currently held in Hastings, within the next few years. There were no updates regarding the silent railroad crossing.

The board decided to apply money to the completed projects that still showed a negative balance such as the camping spots, stall barn, outdoor speakers, and an overhead door.

The next Ag Society meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 14 at 7 p.m. with the Annual Meeting to follow.