Livestock Auction Grosses $108,000
Trai Fix’s grand champion market steer, “Batman,” brought a respectable $3.60 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 Fix’s steer brought 10 cents per pound more than last year’s grand champion, also bought by Hawkins. Fix took home $4,752 for the 1,320- pound cross steer’s winning efforts.
Community State Bank of Orbisonia placed the successful bid for Brittany Truax’s reserve grand champion steer, “Ace.” The bank bought the 1,278-pound steer for $2.70 per pound, netting Truax $3,451 for her work. Last year’s reserve champion brought $2.10 per pound, making it a definite seller’s market this year for both the champion and reserve champion steers. Truax showed last year’s grand champion steer.
The two champion steers were among a total of 27 steers, 63 hogs, 17 lambs and 12 meat goats sold at the 50th annual Fulton County Youth Livestock Association’s sale held at the conclusion of fair week in Fulton County. The auction grossed $108,015.40 for the 119 animals sold.
Sierra Kohr’s reserve champion heavyweight steer was knocked down to Sipes Funeral Home for $1.60 per pound, while Jordon Schetrompf’s reserve champion lightweight went to Myrtle Lake for $1.75 per pound. Dalton Garlock showed the reserve champion middleweight steer, and it went to Pine Tree Trophy Whitetails for $1.50 per pound. Riley Black showed the champion lightweight, and it went to Sunco Enterprises for $1.65 per pound. It was donated back to the scholarship fund and resold to Lee Truax for $1.25 per pound. It was a seller’s market this year as steers went for an average of $1.76 per pound. Last year’s average was $1.60 per pound. Fair market value steer prices last week were about 95 cents per pound, still much less than Fulton County Fair prices.
Other steer buyers included: Lincoln Way Market, Ramsey’s Septic Service, Joe Chafardon Industrial Rebar, George S. Hann & Son/Ott Brothers, TMS Excavating LLC, Prestige Meats, Jimmy Rowland Outdoor Contractors, Younker’s Meat Market, Hagerstown Speedway (2), FOVA/VFW, Creek Side Farms (2), Pierce and Shelby Miller, Wilkins Farm and Home Supply, Rosie Klinepeter, Buterbaugh Construction, Robert Koontz, Community State Bank (2) and L.R. Wilson Seamless Gutters.
Souders Logging & Firewood prevailed to take home the grand champion hog on Saturday evening. Souders paid $4.90 per pound for Shiane Pittman’s champion, and Community State Bank paid $3.90 per pound for McKayla Keefer’s reserve champion. Last year’s champion pig brought $5.20 per pound, and the reserve brought $4 per pound. Pittman took home $1,264, while Keefer pocketed $1,030 for her efforts.
FOVA/VFW was the successful bidder for Zach Henry’s reserve champion heavyweight, paying $2 per pound, while Daljcon took home Haley Garlock’s reserve champion middleweight for $3.20 per pound. Maple Hollow Fencing was the high bidder for Jadin Cheshire’s reserve champion lightweight, paying $2.70 per pound, while Souders’ Farm took Holden Smith’s champion lightweight for $2.60 per pound.
One hog was knocked down three times, with two of the sales going to the club’s scholarship fund. Justin DeShong’s hog was originally sold to Lincoln Way Pizza for $3 per pound. It was then donated back to the scholarship fund, sold to the Eagles for $2.20 per pound, donated back to the scholarship fund and bought again by the Eagles, this time for $2.30 per pound.
Other hog buyers included: Sideling Hill Sportsman’s Association, Eader’s Livestock and Butchering (5), Younker’s Meat Market (2), Farm Family Insurance,
Lincoln Way Market, Sipes Funeral Home (3), Souders’ Farm (2), MacDonald’s Pharmacy, Daljcon (3), Pierce and Shelby Miller, Helser’s Excavating (2), FOVA/VFW (5), F&M Trust, Hamilton Nissan/Hyundai, Morton’s Feed Mill, Harman Plumbing, Randy and Diane Clever, Rep. Dick Hess, Fulton County Democrats, Gary Truax, Creek Side Farms (2), Cletus Canby Farm Family Insurance, Clem Malot Commonwealth Code, Thomas All Things Automotive, Hubner Seed Co., Wilkins Farm and Home Supply (2), Lincoln Way Pizza, Shively Motors (2), Forbes Road Lions Club, John and Susan Glazier, Noah Hughes, Joe Smith, Eric Fendlay, Robert Koontz, Jack Garlock, Sen. John Eichelberger, L.R.Wilson Seamless Gutters and Prestige Meats.
It was much more a buyer’s market this year for hogs as they went for an average of $2.54 per pound. Last year’s average was $2.77 per pound. Fair market value hog prices are about 60 cents per pound.
Market lamb sale
R&D Recycling paid a whopping $8.10 per pound for Bronson Smith’s grand champion lightweight lamb on Saturday evening. The champion lamb weighed in at 118 pounds, bringing Smith $956 for his efforts.
Brittany Truax’s reserve grand champion middleweight lamb was sold to Hubner Seed Co. for $7.25 per pound. Truax’s lamb was donated back to the scholarship fund and then bought by Bedford Farm Bureau for $2.70 per pound. Last year’s champion lamb brought $7.20 per pound, while the reserve champion brought $3.10.
Steven Meyer’s reserve grand champion middleweight lamb fetched $2.70 per pound from Bill and Michele Cranford, while Holden Smith’s reserve champion lightweight lamb was taken by Ag Choice Farm Credit for $2.20 per pound. Morral Feed & Farm Supply placed a high bid of $2.10 per pound for Kassidy Detwiler’s champion heavyweight, and Megan Keller’s champion heavyweight was knocked down to Uncle Clem’s Place for $ 2.50 per pound. .
The average lamb price this year was $ 3.32 per pound, down from last year’s average of $3.76 per pound. The fair market value last week was approximately $1.10 per pound.
Other lamb buyers included: Lois Clark, Everett Foodliner, Thomas All Things Automotive, Bedford Farm Bureau, Eric Fendlay, Mike Miller, Joe Chafardon Industrial Rebar, Frank Shives, Benjamin Shughart and Robert Koontz.
Market meat goat sale
Shiane Pittman’s grand champion meat goat was knocked down to Uncle Clem’s Place as meat goats were auctioned off during the youth livestock sale for the first time on Saturday evening. Uncle Clem paid a whopping $7.10 per pound for the 80- pound goat giving Pittman “take home pay” of $568.
Megan Keller’s reserve grand champion went to Bard’s Auto Sales for $5.60 per pound, while Brittany Truax’s reserve champion heavyweight was sold to Morral Feed & Farm Supply for $3.10 per pound. McKayla Keefer’s reserve champion lightweight went to Fix Construction for $3.20 per pound, while Russell and Lauren Glazier paid $3 per pound for Alexis Lupey’s champion heavyweight. Steven Hann’s champion lightweight was knocked down to Eric and Jody Buterbaugh for $3.10 per pound.
Other meat goat buyers included: The Lodge, Bill and Michele Cranford, Younker’s Meat Market, Clem Malot Commonwealth Code (2) and Greencastle Livestock.
The average meat goat price this year was $3.93 per pound. The fair market value last week was approximately $1.25 per pound.
The still uncertain economy and Fulton County’s continuing unemployment woes were not evident at Saturday evening’s livestock auction. Although this year’s sale of 119 animals grossed a respectable grand total of $108,015, it was down from last year’s grand total of $113,980 when a total of 107 animals were sold.
Craig Knepper served as the auctioneer for this year’s livestock sale.