2009-08-27 / Front Page

Fair Auction Prices Down From Last Year

Economy takes toll on sale of 38 steers, 58 hogs and 20 lambs
By Jean Snyder STAFF WRITER

Right: Daljcon, represented by owner Jason Garlock (center) paid $5.20 per pound for Haley Garlock's (left) 262-pound grand champion hog. Also pictured is Little Miss Princess Courtney Schoen.
Taite Fix's grand champion market steer, "Tubs," brought a respectable $2.90 per pound Saturday night at the Fulton County Fair when he was sold to Hawkins Lumber & Fertilizer of Harrisonville. It was an up-and-down market this year, and Taite's steer brought 40 cents per pound more than last year's grand champion, also bought by Hawkins. Fix took home $3,909.20 for the 1,348-pound cross steer's winning efforts.

The Fulton Overseas Veteran Association (FOVA) made the successful bid for Dalton Garlock's reserve champion steer, "Banjo." FOVA bought the 1,236-pound steer for $2.30 per pound netting Garlock $2,842.80 for his work. Last year's reserve champion brought $2 per pound making it a seller's market this year for the two top steers.

The two champion steers were among a total of 38 steers, 58 hogs and 20 lambs sold at the 47th annual Fulton County Youth Livestock Association's sale held at the conclusion of fair week in Fulton County. The auction grossed more than $20,000 less than last year, perhaps a victim of the sluggish economy, but a sale that still totaled much more than fair market values.

Taite Fix's grand champion market steer, "Tubs," brought $2.90 per pound when he was sold to Clair Hawkins center) of Hawkins Lumber & Fertilizer, Harrisonville.
Levi Truax's reserve champion heavyweight steer was knocked down to Creek Side Barns of Greencastle for $1.20 per pound, while Carly Swope's reserve champion lightweight went to Pierce Miller for $1 per pound. Brittany Truax showed the reserve champion middleweight, and it also went to Hawkins Lumber & Fertilizer for $1.25 per pound.

Battle Ridge Whitetails took home Cody Buterbaugh's champion lightweight, offering him $1.40 per pound for the steer.

It was more a buyer's market this year as steers went for an average of $1.21 per pound. Last year's average was $1.36 per pound. However, fair market value steer prices are about 70 cents to 78 cents per pound, still considerably less than Fulton County Fair prices!

Tower Bank paid $6.50 per pound for Trai Fix's grand champion lamb, then donated it back to the livestock fund, and it was sold again to Harry Johnston for $1.60 per pound. Also pictured is Fair Queen Mandi Lynch.
Other steer buyers included: Pine Tree Trophy Whitetails, Daljcon (3), Herbert Truax, George S. Hann & Son/Ott Brothers, Hustontown Area Volunteer Fire Co., Hawkins Lumber & Fertilizer (3), Kelso-Cornelius Funeral Home, Hagerstown Speedway (2), Joe Charfardon Industrial Rebar, Eastern State Livestock Systems, Jerry Books, Rockwell Construction Co. Inc., Randy Watkins, Sipes Funeral Home, Eader's Livestock & Butchering, Lincoln Way Market, Craig Knepper Auctioneering Service, Ramsey's Septic Service (3), Karlin and Missy Lynch, Ed Carbaugh, Buterbaugh Carpentry (2), Kee-Ta-Quay Construction and Country Care Midwifery, Rosey Klinepeter.

Daljcon prevailed to take home both the grand champion and the reserve grand champion hogs. Daljcon paid a whopping $5.20 per pound for Haley Garlock's champion and $3 per pound for Justin Fogal's reserve. Last year's champion pig brought $3.25 and the reserve brought $3 per pound. Haley Garlock took home $1,362.40 while Justin Fogal pocketed $792 for their efforts.

Fulton Overseas Veteran Association (FOVA) made the successful bid for Dalton Garlock's reserve champion steer, "Banjo." FOVA bought the 1,236-pound steer for $2.30 per pound
Richards Dairy was the successful bidder for Clayton Garlock's reserve champion lightweight, paying $3 per pound, while Buterbaugh Carpentry took home Carly Swope's reserve champion middleweight for $2.75 per pound. Great Cove Auto was the high bidder for Samuel Gordon's champion lightweight, paying $3.25 per pound, while Morral Feed and Farm Supply took Clarissa Barton's champion middleweight for $2.50 per pound.

It was more a seller's market this year as hogs went for an average of $2.19 per pound. Last year's average was $1.94 per pound. However, fair market value hog prices are about 30 cents per pound, much less than Fulton County Fair prices.

 

Daljcon paid $3 per pound for Justin Fogal's reserve grand champion hog.
Other hog buyers included: F&M Trust Co., Great Cove Auto (2), Buterbaugh Carpentry, Farmer Boy Ag (2), Leroy Fagley, FOVA/VFW(2), Clem Malot/ Commonwealth Code, Community State Bank (3), Eader's Livestock and Butchering, Sandy Deck Transportation, Everett Foodliner, Forbes Road Lions Club, Coby Elliott, Dana Signs, MacDonald's Pharmacy, Hamilton (3), Beachmont Farms & Auction, Charlie Glenn, Morton's Feed Mill (2), Fulton County Democrats, Rep. Dick Hess, Lois Clark, Kee-Ta-Quay, Sen. John Eichelberger, Jack Garlock, Dr. Jack Steele, McConnellsburg Volunteer Fire Co., Sideling Hill Sportsman's Association, Hidden Acres Farm/Mellott's Logging, Prestige Meats (3), Hendershot Auto Repair, Uncle Clem's Place, Spring Run Lumber Barn, Frank Shives, Fulton Valley Ag Services, Sipes Funeral Home (2), Lester Hawkins, Bard's Auto Sales, Pine Tree Farms, Jesse Wicholva and Brandon Fletcher.

Market lamb sale

Shiane Pittman's reserve grand champion lamb was sold twice - once to Hubner Seeds/Bob Richards for $6.25 per pound. It was donated back to the livestock fund and resold to Manor Meadows for $1.70 per pound.
Tower Bank not only paid $6.50 per pound for Trai Fix's grand champion lamb on Saturday evening, the bank then donated the fine lamb back to the livestock fund, and it was knocked down again to Harry Johnston for $1.60 per pound. Fix took home $858 for the lamb.

Shiane Pittman's reserve grand champion lamb was sold twice - once to Hubner Seeds/Bob Richards for $6.25 per pound. It was donated back to the livestock fund and resold to Manor Meadows for $1.70 per pound. Last year's champion lamb brought $7 per pound, while the reserve champion brought $4.75.

Brittany Truax's reserve grand champion heavyweight lamb fetched $3.70 per pound from Genetic Visions. Delanie Souder's reserve champion lightweight lamb was taken by Canby Insurance and United Farm Family Insurance for a respectable $2.85 per pound, while Donald Mellott Hay & Livestock placed a high bid of $2.10 per pound for Jordan Fletcher's reserve champion middleweight.

Creek Side Barn placed the high bid of $2.75 per pound for Megan Keller's champion middleweight lamb.

The average lamb price this year was $3.06 per pound, down 31 cents from last year's average of $3.37 per pound. The fair market value was 90 cents per pound.

Other buyers who donated lambs back to the club were Fred Waite, Morton's Feed Mill and Wilkin's Farm and Home Supply.

Other lamb buyers included: Wayne Craig and Sons, Community State Bank, Morral Feed & Farm Supply, Joe Chafardon Industrial Rebar, Pierce Miller, Benjamin Shughort, Twin Oil, Greencastle Livestock, Fulton County Farm Bureau, Phillip Mellott, Bedford Farm Bureau, Saxton Market and Curvin Rhone.

This year's sale of 116 animals grossed a grand total of $99,004.32, down from last year's totals of $124,279.90 for 126 animals.

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