Annual heifer sale supports Mennonite charities

It is time for the 31st annual heifer sale in support of the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC).

“This is an excellent opportunity for farmers and agribusinesses to support MCC programs,” said Clarence Diefenbacher, sale chairperson.

Each item purchased on auction day goes directly to relief, development and peace work locally and in over 60 countries around the world, through the MCC.

“Some of these farmers donate year after year, without question,” said John Brenneman, secretary of the heifer sale committee.

“It’s a good feeling when you ask for one heifer, and someone offers two instead. Stuff like that motivates you to keep doing it.”

Last year’s sale raised over $166,000. Since 1982, the heifer sale has raised over $4 million through the auctioning of 3,314 heifers and other donated items.

With plans well underway, the organizing committee is currently seeking donations for the auction. Local farmers, agri-businesses and individuals donate heifers, sale facilities, staff, trucking, feed, straw, veterinary, and auction services and facilities. Many agricultural businesses also sponsor ads and other expenses for the sale.

This year’s sale will take place on Feb. 17 at 11am at Carson Auction facilities, 5531 Perth Line 8 in Listowel.

For more information about the sale, to donate a heifer or to make a cash donation, contact sale chairperson Clarence Diefenbacher at 519-669-2164 or John Brenneman at 519-662-1156 or

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