ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) –  The 2023 New Mexico State Fair Junior Livestock sale took place on Friday at noon.

FFA and 4-H Youth from around the state came together to auction off their livestock at the Outdoor Horse Arena. This year’s sale took place at the Indoor Horse Arena located at the north end of Main Street on the fairgrounds.

Funds support the youth who raise and nurture their animals throughout the year. This money is often used for college tuition and future livestock purchases. Last year, the Junior Livestock Sale raised over $600,000.

This year, the sale totaled $710,090.

Caleb Ramesy, of Otero County, took the top prize for a steer selling for $25,000.