New Group Backs Online Livestock Auctions for Youth Amidst Pandemic

( Ag Community Relief )

With more and more youth livestock shows and fairs canceling or postponing due to COVID-19, a new group is working hand-in-hand with partners to provide opportunities for youth to sell their livestock.

Ag Community Relief, a Michigan-based non-profit, is working to connect youth and buyers through access to an online auction platform, according to a company release. Along with partners DVAuction and Osborn Barr Paramore, they are organizing auctions by state and will focus on large livestock—cattle, sheep and swine. 
“This specific project gives our followers and supporters an opportunity to shine a spotlight on their dedication and hard work by seeing these livestock projects through to the end,” Ag Community Relief president Matt Schaller said in a release. “Ag Community Relief believes the future of our organization lies in the hands of our youth. For that reason, we encourage youth to be involved in community service and support their future through our scholarship program.” 
The program will make its debut in the Midwest. 4-H and FFA members in Illinois, Kansas, Michigan and Missouri can enter their state’s respective auction for an alternative place to sell their livestock due to fair and show cancellation. 

Accordign to Ag Community Relief, each auction will be timed and held virtually over a two-week period through DVAuction. 

The auctions will take place as follows: Missouri: July 18 – August 1; Illinois: July 18 – August 1; Michigan: July 25 – August 8; and Kansas: August 1-August 15.
“DVAuction is honored to help provide a marketing venue for these hard-working 4-H and FFA youth,” Dan Broz, CEO, DVAuction, said in a release. “We’d like to thank Ag Community Relief for making DVAuction a partner to make this program possible.” 
For more information, visit ‘Current Efforts’ on Ag Community Relief’s website. 

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