2017-09-01 / Pets

Fair goat nets record $31K at auction for special cause


4-H SHOWING—Amelia Gallardo and friends at the V.C. Fair. 
AMANDA PEACOCK/Special to the Acorn 4-H SHOWING—Amelia Gallardo and friends at the V.C. Fair. AMANDA PEACOCK/Special to the Acorn Amelia Gallardo has a rare chromosome abnormality known as tetrasomy 18p. She was born with 47 chromosomes instead of 46, the typical number.

People who are affected by tetrasomy 18p experience neurological changes, seizures, brain changes, eye and vision problems, ear infections, hearing loss, palatal abnormalities, heart irregularities, gastrointestinal changes, orthopedic changes, allergies, and growth and bone issues.

Amelia, a 14-year-old Moorpark High School freshman, raised a market goat with Somis 4-H for the Ventura County Fair Junior Livestock Auction. Her goat fetched $31,000 at the auction. The money will go to the Chromosome 18 Registry and Research Society for use in research into the chromosome abnormality that affects families worldwide.

The auction buyers, comprising community members and businesses, bid on the goat in a show of support for Amelia and to help her raise awareness of tetrasomy 18p.

With 583 animals at live auction and 62 animals sold at silent auction, the Junior Livestock Auction raised more than $1 million for Ventura County 4-H, Grange and FFA groups and individual exhibitors.

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