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Klimesh's broilers break sale of champion record for second time

By Jean Caspers-Simmet

Date Modified: 09/11/2013 10:23 AM

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DES MOINES —Sydney Klimesh, 17, has one upped her older brothers.

She's shown the Grand Champion 4-H Broiler Pen twice at the Iowa State Fair. Not only that, she broke a record for the second time at the Sale of Champions. Both her brothers showed champion broilers once at the fair in the late 1990s.

Klimesh, daughter of Keith Klimesh, of Calmar, and Laurie Musselman, raised $4,000 in local support for the Sale of Champions. The final price for her broilers was $7,500.

Buyers were Central Iowa KFC with support from Camp David (Winneshiek Couty Fair Family), Farmers Mill/Kent Feeds, John and Pam Anderson and $4,000 Local Support/Citizens of Calmar.

Klimesh said that participating in the Sale of Champions is unforgettable.

"Because the competition is so tough at the Iowa State Fair, not very many people ever get to experience the Sale of Champions," Klimesh said. "You go out in the arena and everyone bids."

Klimesh said she worked hard.

"I went out to the barn as many times a day as I could to get them to walk around and exercise," she said.

Her pen of five weighed 48.3 pounds together -- that's 9.5 pounds each for the 7-week-old birds.

Klimesh has a special feeding regimen.

"I try to get them to eat as much as possible but be healthy," she said.

She also shows market lambs, goats and beef cattle as a member of the Space Age Farmers 4-H Club.

Klimesh credits her father for teaching her about showing chickens.

"He grew up with it, showed in 4-H," she said. "He knows everything about it."

Klimesh's pen of broilers was one of seven records broken at this year's Sale of Champions. The Iowa Foundation for Agricultural Advancement raised $342,600 for the 16 exhibitors of 4-H and FFA Grand and Reserve Champions.

The Reserve Champion 4-H Market Steer sold for a record $31,500, topping the previous mark of $30,000 set in 2010. The Grand Champion FFA Market Hog sold for $41,000, breaking the record of $40,000 set in 2007.

The Reserve Champion FFA Market Hog set a new record at $27,500, beating the previous record of $26,000 set in 2008. The Grand Champion 4-H and FFA Market lambs set new records at $20,500 and $16,000, respectively.

The Grand Champion FFA Market Meat Goat sold for a record-breaking $8,500, shooting past the 2012 record-breaking price by $1,000.

Participants in the Sale of Champions were asked to find hometown supporters to set a floor price for bidding. The purchaser in the auction paid the difference between the floor price and the final sale price.

Each participant takes home a check for 80 percent of the animal's sale price. The IFAA keeps 20 percent to fund the scholarship program and cover sale expenses. In addition to their sale earnings, the exhibitors of the Grand Champion 4-H Market Steer, Grand Champion 4-H Market Hog and Grand Champion FFA Market Lamb earn the use of a new aluminum livestock trailer for one year courtesy of Featherlite Inc., of Cresco.

When added with the $188,600 of scholarships and performance and carcass awards presented prior to the sale, the IFAA bestowed $531,200 on exhibitors during the event.

Since the inception of the Sale of Champions in 1988, the IFAA has given out more than $6 million through sale proceeds and scholarships to deserving youth participating in agricultural-related projects and interested in agricultural-related careers.