When Graysen Garfield entered the sale ring on Sept. 12 at the Southwest Livestock Show in Cedar City, Utah, little did he know that he was driving a $42,000 pig.
Most of the pigs in the sale following the Southwest Livestock Show sold for $900 to $1,200. Garfield was the last exhibitor to drive his pig through the sale ring. The experience was one no one who stood ringside will forget.
The pig was first purchased for $2,600 in memory of Chad Reid, former Utah State University Extension county agriculture director and 4-H youth programs faculty member.
Instead of stopping there, the buyer told the auctioneer to sell him again and the generosity just kept coming. The pig sold over a dozen more times for around $2,000 each time until the community had raised nearly $40,000. Then, silent donations started coming in from ring side, bringing the total to over $42,000. And it’s still coming, says Robert Cox, a member of the Southwest Livestock Show board of directors.
“It was amazing,” Cox says. “There wasn’t a dry eye around the ring.”
Reid passed away in 2019 from Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. He was instrumental in the success of southern Utah’s livestock shows and agriculture programs.
The money raised in Reid’s name will support college scholarships for 4-H and FFA members who are seniors in high school.
“I, as well as many people there at the show, had worked with Chad for many years. Many youth exhibitors learned from him – in the classroom and around the show ring. He was a great advocate for agriculture,” Cox says.
Last year, KUTV 2 reported that a grand champion steer at the Southwest Livestock Show was purchased repeatedly until it reached $21,000 to help Reid pay for his medical expenses.
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