Nathan Rasler 4-H swine club

4-H’er Nathan Rasler walks two of his pigs to their stalls at the Elkhart County 4-H livestock auction in July.

Nathan Rasler 4-H swine club

GOSHEN — The coronavirus pandemic may have altered county fairs and livestock shows, but it could not affect the generosity of the community when it comes to 4-H’ers.

The Elkhart County 4-H Livestock Auction went virtual in 2020, like many other sales in the Midwest. Each 4-H’er was allowed one online transaction. Unlike previous years, the “buyers” did not actually buy the animals, but instead gave a reward to the 4-H’ers for completing their livestock project. This premium style of sale allows the 4-H’ers to sell their animals later on the open market.

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