Fair Livestock Auction Brings Bonanza For Area Youths
Brittany Truax’s grand champion market steer, “Iceman,” brought a respectable $3.50 per pound Saturday night at the Fulton County Fair when he was sold to Clair Hawkins Lumber & Fertilizer of Harrisonville. It was a good market for sellers this year as Truax’s steer brought 50 cents per pound more than last year’s grand champion, also bought by Hawkins. Truax took home $4,515 for the 1,290-pound cross steer’s winning efforts.
Clair Hawkins Lumber & Fertilizer also placed the successful bid for Brittany’s brother Levi Truax’s reserve grand champion steer, “Blackjack.” Hawkins bought the 1,280-pound steer for $2.10 per pound, netting Truax $2,688 for his work. Last year’s reserve champion brought $1.50 per pound, making it a definite seller’s market this year for both the champion and reserve champion steers.
The two champion steers were among a total of 33 steers, 55 hogs and 19 lambs sold at the 49th annual Fulton County Youth Livestock Association’s sale held at the conclusion of fair week in Fulton County. The auction grossed more than $18,750 over last year.
Clayton Garlock’s reserve champion heavyweight steer was knocked down to Community State Bank of Orbisonia for $1.55 per pound, while Landon Seiders’ reserve champion lightweight went to Buterbaugh’s Carpentry also for $1.55 per pound. David M. Seiders II showed the champion heavyweight, and it went to Kelso-Cornelius Funeral Home for $1.55 per pound. Ramsey’s Septic Service took home Wyatt Fix’s champion lightweight, offering $1.65 per pound for the steer.
It was definitely a seller’s market this year as steers went for an average of $1.60 per pound. Last year’s average was $1.30 per pound. However, fair market value steer prices are about 99 cents per pound, still much less than Fulton County Fair prices!
Other steer buyers included: Pierce and Shelby Miller, George S. Hann & Son/Ott Brothers, Hamilton Nissan, Hyundai, Alexander Financial Group, Hagerstown Speedway (2), Lincoln Way Market, Eader’s Livestock and Butchering (2), Chambersburg Waste Paper, Community State Bank of Orbisonia (2), Daljcon, Buterbaugh Carpentry (2), Fulton Beverage, Lester Hawkins, Leroy Fagley, Karlin and Missy Lynch, Fogal’s Excavating, Joe Chafardon Industrial Rebar, Hendershot’s Auto Repair, Ramsey’s Septic Service (2), Craig Paylor, Tim Shaw, Creek Side Farms (2), Younker’s Meat Market and Sipes Funeral Home.
Market Hog Sale
Souders Logging & Firewood prevailed to take home the grand champion hog on Saturday evening. Souders paid $5.20 per pound for Shiane Pittman’s champion, and Plane View Excavating & Well Services paid $4 per pound for Clarissa Barton’s reserve champion. Last year’s champion pig brought $4 per pound and the reserve brought $2.20 per pound. Pittman took home $1,373, while Barton pocketed $1,080 for her efforts.
Hamilton Nissan/Hyundai was the successful bidder for Donovan Garlock’s reserve champion middleweight, paying $2.40 per pound, while Noah Hughes took home Lexi Richards’ reserve champion lightweight for $3.90 per pound. Oak Ridge Farm was the high bidder for Carly Swope’s champion middleweight, paying $3.20 per pound, while MacDonald’s Pharmacy took Brittany Truax’s champion lightweight for $2.10 per pound.
Perhaps one sign of the current economy was that there were no buy-back animals this year.
Other hog buyers included: Community State Bank of Orbisonia (2), F&M Trust, Eader’s Livestock and Butchering (2), Carquest Auto Parts (2), Andrew Dice Show Pigs, Daljcon, Farm Family Insurance, Sipes Funeral Home (2), Sideling Hill Sportsman’s Association, Dana Signs, Morton’s Feed Mill, Hamilton Nissan/Hyundai (2), Sen. John Eichelberger, VFW (3), G&P Distributors, Helser’s Excavating (3), Wilkins Farm and Home Supply (2), Todd Black, Bard’s Auto Sales, Robert Koontz, Richards Dairy, Younker’s Meat Market (2), Shively Motors (2), Franklin Feed Supply, Fulton County Democrats,
Hendershot’s Car Repair, The Lodge, Fulton Valley Ag Services (2), Country View Family Farms/Hatfield Meats, Pierce and Shelby Miller, Creek Side Farms, Forbes Road Lions Club, John Schetrompf, Oak Ridge Farm (2), Eagles Club and Rep. Dick Hess.
It was much more a seller’s market this year as hogs went for an average of $2.77 per pound. Last year’s average was $1.96 per pound. Fair market value hog prices are about 80 cents per pound, much less than Fulton County Fair prices.
Market Lamb Sale
Eader’s Livestock & Butchering paid a whopping $7.20 per pound for Brittany Truax’s grand champion heavyweight lamb on Saturday evening. The champion lamb weighed in at 132 pounds, bringing Truax a cool $950.40.
Megan Keller’s reserve grand champion heavyweight lamb was also sold to Eader’s Livestock & Butchering for $6.70 per pound. Last year’s champion lamb brought $8 per pound, while the reserve champion brought $4.50.
Lauren DeShong’s reserve grand champion middleweight lamb fetched $3.10 per pound from Saxton Market, while Trai Fix’s reserve champion lightweight lamb was taken by Ag Choice Farm Credit for a respectable $3.20 per pound. Sipes Funeral Home placed a high bid of $5.10 per pound for Clarissa Barton’s champion middleweight, and Macey Ward’s champion lightweight was knocked down to Benjamin Shughart for $ 2.90 per pound. .
The average lamb price this year was $ 3.76 per pound, up 5 cents from last year’s average of $3.71 per pound. The fair market value last week was approximately $1.80 per pound.
Other lamb buyers included: Greencastle Livestock (2), F&M Trust, State Line Ag, Carquest Auto Parts, Palmer Realty, Hamilton Nissan/Hyundai, Pierce and Shelby Miller, Bedford Farm Bureau, Strickler Agency, Uncle Clem’s Place, Clem Malot ( Commonwealth Code), and Morral Feed and Farm Supply.
Although the country’s lagging economy and Fulton County’s dismal unemployment rates continue to make headlines, it was not evident at Saturday evening’s livestock auction. This year’s sale of 107 animals grossed a whopping grand total of $113,979.50, way up from last year’s grand total of $95,227.70 when a total of 107 animals were also sold,