2013-08-15 / Local & State

Livestock Reports

GREENCASTLE

August 5

Slaughter steers: high choice and prime 2-3, 1126- 1510 lbs., $125.50 to $127.50; choice 2-3: 1254-1570 lbs., $120 to $124.50; select 2-3, 1096-1338 lbs., $119 to $120.

Slaughter Holstein steers: high choice and prime 2-3: 1126-1510 lbs., $125.50 to $127.50; choice 2-3, 1254-1570 lbs., $120 to $124.50; select 2- 3, 1096-1338 lbs., $119 to $120.

Slaughter Holstein steers; high choice and prime 2-3: 1378- 1644 lbs., $ 104 to $107.50; choice 2-3, 1274-1492 lbs., $97.50 to $103.

Slaughter heifers: high choice and prime 2-3, 1294-1424 lbs., $122 to $125; choice 2-3, 1246-1364 lbs., $118 to $121.50.

Slaughter bulls: yield grade 1, 1092-2116 lbs., $87.50 to $96; high dressing, 1028- 2010 lbs., $99.50 to $104; low dressing, 1102- 2314 lbs., $83.50 to $86.

Heifers: medium and large 1, 800-900 lbs., $112; medium and large 2, 600-700 lbs., $98; medium and large 3, 500-700 lbs., $74 to $79; 700- 900 lbs., $74 to $88.

Bulls: medium and large 1, 300-500 lbs., $135 to $138; 600-700 lbs., $118 to $131; medium and large 2, 700-900 lbs., $95 to $105.

Return to farm calves: compared to last week’s sale Holstein bull calves sold $5 to $10 higher.

Holstein bull calves; #1, 96-126 lbs., $115 to $125; 80-94 lbs., $75 to $95; #2, 80-128 lbs., $92.50 to $110; #3, 80-118 lbs., $50 to $75; utility, 60-124 lbs., $30 to $45.

Holstein heifer calves: #1, 92-100 lbs., $92.50 to $100; #2, 76-90 lbs., $72.50 to $85.

Beef calves: 76-94 lbs., $70 to $115. find its way to the right Natales.

“Amy Duncan sent out 15 letters dated back to 1999,” Fran Natale, Howard’s cousin said. “My brother in Pittsburgh got one and gave it to me because he didn’t know what to do with it.

“A lot of things went on after that with my family and the letter got lost somewhere. Two years ago, I contacted his daughter after finding the letter during home renovations.”

Working together, Duncan and Natale used a cousin working in the Lawrence County Treasurer’s Office to petition a judge and unseal the adoption papers, revealing Natale’s relation as cousin to Howard.

Meeting for the first time Sunday afternoon, the two families saw each other as old friends, their years apart unapparent.

“I didn’t know my daughter had written the letter,” Howard said. “I was surprised and glad she did. After 68 years I finally get to meet (my family). Everybody is so nice and I’m so tickled to meet them.”

Howard is unsure if he would have pursued the answer to his birth family himself, but he’s “glad that Amy did.”

Bringing his wife, Gayle, along for the trip, Howard spent the day with his birth family for the first time.

“For 35 years I’ve wondered about his family,” Gayle Howard said. “It feels like we’ve known each other always.”

Even during the day’s celebration, David Howard was already looking toward the next Natale family reunion and where to go from here.

“I intend to keep up,” David Howard said. “The Internet might make it easier, but my son called and we’re already planning our visit for next year.”

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