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Second annual hay

auction is Saturday

Saturday's second annual hay auction is more than a chance for livestock owners to fill the loft before winter hits. It is an opportunity for them to connect with hay growers to form lasting business relationships.

"With the success of last year's hay auction, we look forward to offering this service to the community again this year," Community Agricultural Alliance Executive Director Jean Petersen said. "The Hay Auction is a valuable way to connect our smaller acreage landowners with local hay producers for long-term agricultural partnerships."

People who own a few horses but don't have enough land to cut their own hay have to keep their animals fed during Routt County's long winters. That usually means either negotiating privately with a number of hay growers to find the best price or traveling long distances to a hay auction to bid on hay by the ton -- time-consuming options.

The hay auction aims to make life easier for livestock owners and hay producers alike and to keep business within the Yampa Valley.

More than 80 tons of hay have been consigned by producers to be auctioned off by the bale, in ton allotments, at Saturday's auction.

The hay auction will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Knolls Parking Lot. A Yampa Valley Beef kickoff barbecue will follow the sale.

Humble Ranch Trail-a-thon is Sept. 13 at Emerald

Hikers and horseback riders can bring their own horses and spend the day exploring Emerald Mountain while raising funds to help support the operation of the Humble Ranch Education and Therapy Center, a nonprofit organization. The ranch is across the Yampa River from the Haymaker Golf Course on Routt County Road 14. This year's goal is to raise $10,000.

The Trail-a-thon includes 12- or four-mile horseback rides, a seven-mile hike up and over Emerald Mountain, a family fun walk to the Yampa River, riding demonstration, barbecue lunch provided by the Routt County CattleWomen and live music provided by the Humble Pickers.

The minimum pledge amounts required to participate in the Trail-a-thon is $100 for the 12-mile horseback ride and $50 for the four-mile ride or seven-mile hike. The family fun walk is free, but pledges are encouraged. Monies must be handed in on the day of the event. Donations are tax-deductible. The top three fund-raisers receive prizes. All rides and hikes will depart from Humble Ranch. For more information or to make a cash donation contact Cheri or Marian at the Humble Ranch, at 879-3443.

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