Meat animal projects are raised in an effort to not only teach responsibility, but also earn money that can someday be put towards more education, or perhaps establishing a business. That’s the reason a teaching component on marketing is included with every meat animal project. It’s always enjoyable to exhibit blue ribbon animals, but the project is never complete until it’s been marketed successfully.
Recently, on a segment for the WLRY radio show The Farm Page, Karen Kraft Crutcher from Bay Food Market and Bay Packing was asked by show host Connie Smith, as a buyer who supports several county fairs, how she decided what projects to bid on at County Fair sales. You will find her response enlightening, and one that should be shared with all of our meat animal project youth as they prepare for marketing their project at the Fair in October.