2009-01-22 / Local & State

Clinton Co. 4-H'er Tops Sale Of Champions At Farm Show

"Winchester" brings top dollar, sells for $10,000

Clinton County 4-H'er Evan Vonada cashed in his Grand Champion Junior Market Steer, "Winchester," selling for $10,000 during the Sale of Champions at the 2009 Pennsylvania Farm Show on Tuesday, Jan. 13. Hoss's Steak and Sea House, a longtime Farm Show supporter, purchased the 1,300-pound champion.

The annual Sale of Champions caps off the youth market livestock shows at the Farm Show. The champions and reserve champions of the four livestock species - beef, swine, goats and sheep - totaled $32,800, benefiting junior Farm Show exhibitors.

The second-highest seller was the Reserve Grand Champion Junior Market Steer, exhibited by Colton Zundel of New Alexandria, Westmoreland County. The 1,295-pound crossbred sold to Fulton Bank, Bell & Evans Poultry and Lebanon Valley Auction Co. for $5,700. Zundel's sister, Hannah, exhibited the 2008 Reserve Grand Champion Market Steer.

Following closely behind the beef champions, the 126-pound Grand Champion Junior Market Lamb, exhibited by Samantha Adams of Bedford, Pa., sold for $3,500 to Alpine Building and Post Supply.

In the swine sale, Joey Espey from Scottdale, Westmoreland County, sold his 276-pound crossbred Grand Champion Junior Market Swine to Hatfield Quality Meats Inc., for $3,300. Hatfield is a regular supporter of youth auctions across the commonwealth.

New Holland Sales Stables, Inc. purchased the Grand Champion Junior Market Goat. Jeremy Mock from Williamsburg, Blair County, raised the 95-pound crossbred goat that sold for $3,300.

Reserve Champion Junior Market Swine, owned by Kelsey May of Mill Run, Fayette County was also purchased by Hatfield Quality Meats, Inc., along with Eat n' Park restaurants, a second-year buyer at the Sale of Champions. The 278-pound porker sold for $3,000.

The Reserve Grand Champion Junior Market Lamb brought $2,000 from a bid by Westfield Insurance of Lititz, Pa. Abbey Benninghoff of Bessemer, Lawrence County, took the honor with her 138-pound Hampshire lamb.

The 85-pound Reserve Champion Junior Market Goat, a crossbred owned by Valerie Svonavec from Rockwood, Somerset County, sold for $2,000 to Fulton Bank and Kessler's Inc.

Money generated from the market auctions is used to help fund the Farm Show Scholarship Program. At least one percent of the gross sale receipts from each animal sold is contributed to the fund. In total, 422 animals were sold grossing more than $270,000. This year, 23 scholarships were awarded $3,750, totaling $86,250.

Before each species sold in the Sale of Champions, Outstanding 4-H Leader Awards were given to individuals representing species. The awards recognized those who volunteer their time to help motivate Pennsylvania youths to become strong leaders within their homes and communities.

Dr. Robert Mikesell, professor at The Pennsylvania State University and Junior Livestock Committee chairperson, coordinated the application process and presented the awards.

The following is a list of award recipients for each species:

Ira J. Coble Pennsylvania 4-H Beef Leader Award: Scott Moser, Philadelphia, Philadelphia Co.

Pennsylvania 4-H Swine Leader Award: Yvonne and Ronald Trostle, Red Lion, York Co.

Pennsylvania 4-H Sheep Leader Award: Gene Sweigard, Halifax, Dauphin Co.

Pennsylvania 4-H Market Goat Leader Award: Stephen Fecik, Pennsburg, Montgomery Co.

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