Hudson Hospital purchased locally raised livestock again at the St. Croix Co. Fair held this summer. Supporting communities and purchasing locally is part of HealthPartners sustainability initiatives. And the purchase also supports Hudson Hospital’s efforts to provide top quality, locally grown beef and pork to patients, visitors and staff.
This year, Hudson Hospital nutrition manager, Jean Weiler and dietitian, Colleen Sexton attended the fair. This is the third year Hudson has participated in the meat auction. The 2014 Annual 4-H Meat Animal Auction included 88 animals. There were 32 Beef, 9 Sheep, 38 Swine, 6 Goats, and 3 Poultry. This year Hudson Hospital & Clinic purchased a steer and hog. The steer, named Buck was raised by Grace Holdorf, from Wilson, WI. Grace is a member of the Lone Pine 4-H Club. Buck was an Angus weighing in at 1190 pounds. The hog purchased was raised by Alyssa Fouks from Glenwood City, WI. Alyssa is member of the Forest Timberwolves 4-H Club. This was Alyssa’s first year showing an animal she raised. The hog Alyssa raised was named Flash and weighed 248 pounds.
“The 4-H Animal Auction at the St. Croix Co. Fair is a great way to support the community and community youth, and to buy locally. Patients and café customers will be able to enjoy meals from local farms,” says Weiler.