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Coronavirus impact: No Glenn County fair, young farmers struggle to sell livestock

Agriculture is a key economic driver in Northern California, but the coronavirus pandemic is now impacting some of our youngest farmers. Action News Now spoke to several young farmers who were hoping to showcase their livestock at the Glenn County Fair.

Posted: Apr 22, 2020 7:14 AM
Updated: Apr 23, 2020 12:06 PM

GLENN COUNTY, Calif. - Agriculture is a key economic driver in Northern California, but the coronavirus pandemic is now impacting some of our youngest farmers.

Action News Now spoke to several young farmers who were hoping to showcase their livestock at the Glenn County Fair.

But now because of coronavirus concerns, the fair is shutting down.

"I was really sad when I heard the news but I also understand these times are hard," said Taylor Hands, a young farmer who lives in Glenn County.

Included in the fair closure - its junior livestock auction.

Hands has been raising her meat goat since September of last year.

"I have to feed it and I feed it Artois grain and water it, you have to clean out their pens a lot," Hands said.

It’s hard work - now this year she along with other students are showcasing their livestock virtually.

Young farmers tell Action News Now the fair isn't just for the fun of it, you got to take care of these animals and it costs a lot of money.

One pig Action News Now met eats at least 10 bags of food, at 30 dollars a bag it costs 300 dollars a year.

"So yeah we've given him 500 pounds of food," said Andrew Bartels, a young farmer who lives in Glenn County.

Bartels is hoping to sell his animal during these uncertain times.

"Well the pig itself was 350 dollars. I wanted to make more money than we put into him," Bartels said.

So did Hunter Bryant.

"Hopefully we can sell this pig," Bryant said.

But if he doesn't "I’d be pretty bummed because I paid a lot for these pigs out of my own money that I had couple years ago,” Bryant said, adding that it’s “just a bummer that I don't get to sell because that's what I love doing."

Hands is getting creative - posting how to cook goat meat to entice buyers.

"Not a lot of people know how to cook goat meat,” Hands said.

Hands says if she can't sell her goat online she will take it to an auction yard, but it will be a lot less than she asked for.

Originally she wanted to sell her goat at nearly $900 but has reduced the asking price in half.

Facebook groups like Glenn County Youth Livestock and Glenn County AG Expo are still helping many of the children looking to sell their livestock.

If you are interested in seeing the animals - the students are showcasing, CLICK HERE.

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