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Clair Ludwig of Linn tries to compose herself before leading her steer to the sale ring during the market livestock auction. Auctions can be emotional events for exhibitors as many of them help raise the livestock from birth to sale. Claire’s father, Dale Ludwig, acknowledged that despite knowing that ultimately the livestock will go to auction, often they feel more like pets, especially to the children who help raise them.

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Raising livestock gives young Cole Countians new perspective

Sellers at the market livestock auction took home more than just a payoff and an empty trailer. Wednesday evening’s market livestock auction marked the culmination of many months of livestock training and care for local 4-H and FFA members.

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