Fair Livestock Auction Brings Respectable Prices
Clayton Garlock’s grand champion market steer, “Bently,” brought a respectable $3 per pound Saturday night at the Fulton County Fair when he was sold to Clair Hawkins Lumber & Fertilizer of Harrisonville. It was an upand down market this year, and Clayton’s steer brought 10 cents per pound more than last year’s grand champion, also bought by Hawkins. Garlock took home $4,062 for the 1,354-pound cross steer’s winning efforts.
Clair Hawkins Lumber & Fertilizer also placed the successful bid for Levi Truax’s reserve champion steer, “Tiny.” Hawkins bought the 1,226-pound steer for $1.50 per pound, netting Truax $1,839 for his work. Last year’s reserve champion brought $2.30 per pound, making it a definite buyer’s market this year for the reserve champion.
The two champion steers were among a total of 36 steers, 54 hogs and 17 lambs sold at the 48th annual Fulton County Youth Livestock Association’s sale held at the conclusion of fair week in Fulton County. The auction grossed slightly less than last year, but fewer animals were sold.
Brittany Truax’s reserve champion heavyweight steer was knocked down to Pete Hall for $1.03 per pound, while Dillan Gordon’s reserve champion middleweight went to Brenda Covert for $1.20 per pound. Sierra Kohr showed the champion middleweight, and it went to Pierce Miller for $1.35 per pound. Eader’s Livestock and Butchering took home Macey Ward’s champion lightweight, offering $1.10 per pound for the steer.
It was more a seller’s market this year as steers went for an average of $1.30 per pound. Last year’s average was $1.21 per pound. However, fair market value steer prices are about 80 cents per pound, still much less than Fulton County Fair prices!
Other steer buyers included: Jennifer Karper, Sipes Funeral Home, Great Cove Auto, Hagerstown Speedway (2), John and Susan Glazier, Jack Garlock, George S. Hann & Son/Ott Brothers, Younker’s Meat Market, Lester Hawkins, Tim Shaw, Morral Feed and Farm Supply, Ed Carbaugh, TMS Excavating, Pine Tree Trophy Whitetails, FOVA/VFW, Rep. Dick Hess, Fulton Valley Ag Services, Lincoln Way Market, Rockwell Construction Co., Joe Chafardon Industrial Rebar, Community State Bank of Orbisonia, Kee-Ta-Quay Construction, Lois Clark, Peck Refuse Disposal, Morton’s Feed Mill, Daljcon/Jason Garlock, Buterbaugh Carpentry, Ramsey’s Septic Service and Buterbaugh Carpentry.
Eader’s Livestock & Butchering prevailed to take home the grand champion hog on Saturday evening. Eader’s paid $4 per pound for David Seiders II’s champion, and Pierce Miller paid $2.20 per pound for Brittany Truax’s reserve champion. Last year’ s champion pig brought $5.20 per pound, and the reserve brought $3 per pound. Seiders took home $1,072, while Truax pocketed $567.60 for her efforts
Winfield Salvage Co. was the successful bidder for Laykan Skiles’ reserve champion heavyweight paying $1.80 per pound, while Sipes Funeral Home took home Justin DeShong’s reserve champion middleweight for $1.85 per pound. Noah Hughes was the high bidder for Lexi Richards’ reserve champion lightweight, paying $3.20 per pound, while Sideling Hill Sportsman’s Association took Brock Hohman’s champion lightweight for $2.50 per pound.
Perhaps a sign of the current economy, there was only one buyback animal this year. Wilkin’s Farm and Home Supply purchased a hog and donated it back to the Youth Livestock Fund for resale.
Other hog buyers included: MacDonald’s Pharmacy, ADM Alliance Nutrition, Younker’s Meat Market (2), Richards Dairy (2), Fulton County Democrats, Community State Bank of Orbisonia (3), Sipes Funeral Home (2), Lincoln Way Pizza, Lincoln Way Market, Forbes Road Lions Club, John and Susan Glazier, FOVA/VFW (5), Robert Koontz, Morton’s Feed Mill (2), Great Cove Auto, Brenda Covert (2), Uncle Clem’s Place, Rep. Dick Hess, Saxton Market, Kenneth Englert (2), Helser’s Excavating, Bedford Farm Bureau (2), Morral Feed and Farm Supply (2), Bard’s Auto Sales, Franklin Feed Supply and Ag Choice Farm Credit, Spring Run Lumber Barn, F&M Trust, Clem Malot Commonwealth Code, United Farm Family Insurance, Shively Motors, Beachmont Farm and Auction Service, John Eichelberger, Daljcon/Jason Garlock, Hamilton (2) and Eader’s Livestock and Butchering,
It was more a seller’s market this year as hogs went for an average of $1.96 per pound. Last year’s average was $1.75 per pound. However, fair market value hog prices are about 57 cents per pound, much less than Fulton County Fair prices.
Market lamb sale
Eader’s Livestock and Butchering paid a whopping $8 per pound for Trai Fix’s grand champion lamb on Saturday evening. The champion lamb weighed in at 134 pounds, bringing Fix, who also showed last year’s grand champion lamb, a cool $1,072.
Megan Keller’s reserve grand champion lamb was sold to Bard’s Auto Sales for $5 per pound. Last year’s champion lamb brought $6.50 per pound, while the reserve champion brought $3.70.
Cortnee Fix’s reserve grand champion heavyweight lamb fetched $4.50 per pound from Lois Clark, while Brittany Truax’s reserve champion middleweight lamb was taken by Uncle Clem’s Place for a respectable $3.50 per pound. Bedford Farm Bureau placed a high bid of $3.25 per pound for Steven Meyer’s reserve champion lightweight, and Macey Ward’s champion lightweight was knocked down to Benjamin Shughart for $2.50 per pound.
The average lamb price this year was $3.71 per pound, up 65 cents from last year’s average of $3.06 per pound. The fair market value was $1.25 per pound.
Other lamb buyers included: Community State Bank of Orbisonia (3), Pierce Miller, Greencastle Livestock, Everett Foodliner, Shively Motors, Bedford Farm Bureau, Antietam Iron Works, Phillip and Bridget Mellott, Jason Mellott/Antietam IronWorks and Kendall Construction.
This year’s sale of 107 animals grossed a grand total of, $95,227.70, down from last year’s totals of $99,004.32 for 116 animals.