WARSAW — Given the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, and due to an abundance of caution, the 2020 Wyoming County 4-H Meat Animal Auction will be an online-only event.

The auction will start at noon on Aug. 10 and conclude at 6 p.m Aug. 12 with a rolling-soft close, said county 4-H officials in a news release. The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County is working with WM Kent, Inc. to host the online auction.

This year’s auction is set to offer high quality beef, dairy beef, hogs and lamb, along with meat goats and processed market broiler chickens for sale. All live animals will be sold by the head, while broiler chickens will be sold, as usual, by the pair.

The decision to move to an online auction wasn’t an easy one, the officials said. CCE Wyoming staff and volunteers reviewed multiple options for their traditional auction programs.

“In the best interest of safety and in accordance with local, regional and state recommendations, Wyoming County 4-H is not conducting in-person programming at this time,” the officials said. “We ask for your understanding as we have come to this difficult decision and ask for the community to continue to support our 4-H program youth in this way. Complete details will be made available closer to the auction date regarding registering for the auction using the WM Kent, Inc. auction website.”

Raising high quality, market ready animals has always been one of the main goals of the 4-H project. The program knows that its buyer base expects a high level of quality, officials said, and they plan to deliver on the expectation to ensure the future success of the 4-H Meat Animal Program.

The annual auction has traditionally been conducted at Wyoming County Fair, which is itself canceled this year.

The 4-H office will happily answer questions youth and buyers have regarding sale changes. They may contact Holly Harwood at (585) 786-2251 ext. 118 or hmh62@cornell.edu.

The officials thanked WM Kent, Inc. for its help in offering the opportunity to 4-H youth in Wyoming County, in addition to all of the local businesses and volunteers that help each year.

“Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County prioritizes the health, safety and well-being of the communities we serve,” the 4-H officials said.

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