I attended the Williamsburg Farm Show Junior Livestock Auction tonight, my last sale of the year. I bought a dairy beef. The kids that raise these animals to market weight take on a lot of responsibility. There is considerable cost involved in raising an animal, but if things go well, they can make some money at the sale. Every young boy or girl I’ve dealt with has been very polite and appreciative of my purchase. I’ve been thanked by almost all of them in one way or another. Tonight, the young man came up to me at the sale and gave me a “Thank You” card and a hearty handshake. I’ve been asked about what I do with all of these animals, and I’ve answered, have you ever seen Charlotte eat? But seriously, I either donate the animal to a local cause, or go through the “buy back” program that gives the sale money that is above the market price to the student and a local butcher shop picks up the animal for the difference, which is the market price. Everyone is happy with this arrangement. Too bad legislation doesn’t always work out that way.