An unfortunate incident impacted my family this year at the fair.Â My son Andrew was scratched from the Jr. Livestock Auction on March 4, 2016 and he could not participate in the auction because ownership of his animal could not be proven by the fair through the DNA testing.
According to what I was told, the laboratory could not process a DNA test because the two DNA sample bags, which we turned-in two months ago, were empty.Â I had no conceivable explanation as to how the hair Andrew pulled from his calf and placed in the two DNA sample bags disappeared.
After the Fair was over on March 10, 2016 the laboratory found some hair in the DNA bags and on March 15, 2016 I was informed that the hair samples from Andrewâ€™s bag samples were a positive DNA match to the fairâ€™s hair samples.
The laboratory results were a few days late and a couple of dollars short since Andrew was pulled from the auction line-up and was not able to sell at a premium price with the other champion calves at the fairâ€™s auction.
My son, Andrew Batley Roman, is currently the Calexico FFA president.Â He is a senior and will be graduating from Calexico High School this year.Â Throughout his high school years my son has participated in numerous sectional, regional, and state FFA activities and competitions.Â He has been involved in showing animals at the California Mid-Winter Fair since he was in 4th grade at OLGA and we were involved with the Holtville 4H club, and the past three years with Calexico High School, his FFA his calf projects have been blanketed as reserve champions.
Andrewâ€™s California Mid-Winter Fair 2016 entry was a Holstein calf named â€œSpurâ€ which he purchased locally and cared for since December 12, 2015.Â Spur and Andrew won the showmanship competition, Spur was the Reserve Champion for FFA, they both did well at the Round Robin competition.
Nonetheless, Andrew still has Spur and needs to sell him.Â Andrew has continued to take care for his calf since we removed him from the fairgrounds and he needs to conclude his animal project.Â If you are interested in purchasing Spur, please feel free to contact Andrew B. Roman at 760-895-3805.
He did not want me to send this e-mail but I did any way.