Livestock Auction Grosses $108,524
Brittany Truax’s grand champion steer, “Squirt,” brought a respectable $4.30 per pound Saturday night at the Fulton County Fair when he was sold to Clair Hawkins Lumber & Fertilizer of Harrisonville. It was a good mar- ket for sellers this year as Truax’s steer brought 70 cents per pound more than last year’s grand champion, also bought by Hawkins. Truax took home $5,556 for the 1,292-pound market steer’s winning efforts. Truax showed last year’s reserve champion.
Community State Bank of Orbisonia placed the successful bid for Trai Fix’s reserve grand champion steer, “Brutus.” The bank bought the 1,170-pound steer for $2.65 per pound, netting Truax $3,101 for her work. Last year’s reserve champion brought $2.70 per pound, just a nickel more than this year’s reserve champion. Fix showed last year’s grand champion.
The two champion steers were among a total of 27 steers, 51 hogs, 20 lambs and 25 meat goats sold at the 51st annual Fulton County Youth Livestock Association’s sale held at the conclusion of fair week in Fulton County. The auction grossed $108,524 for the 123 animals sold.
Landon Seiders’ reserve champion heavyweight steer was knocked down to the Eagle’s Club for $1.80 per pound, while Laramie Clark’s reserve champion middleweight went to George S. Hann & Son/Ott Brothers also for $1.80 per pound. Jenna Richards showed the reserve champion lightweight steer, and it went to Michael Cook for $2.50 per pound. Sidonna Hershey showed the champion lightweight, and it went to Joe Chafardon for $2.20 per pound. It was a seller’s market this year as steers went for an average of $1.81 per pound. Last year’s average was $1.76 per pound. Fair market value steer prices last week were about $1.15 cents per pound, still much less than Fulton County Fair prices.
Other steer buyers included: Lincoln Way Market, Wilkins Farm and Home Supply (2), Younker’s Meat Market, McConnellsburg Motor and Implement, Sipes Funeral Home, Hagerstown Speedway (2), Ramsey’s Septic Service, Lester Hawkins (2), Pierce and Shelby Miller, Buterbaugh Construction, Eader’s Livestock & Butchering, Randy Watkins, Morton’s Feed Mill, Fogal’s Excavating, Farmers Union Co-op, Richards Dairy, Daljcon and Leroy Fagley.
Souders Logging & Firewood prevailed to take home the grand champion hog on Saturday evening. Souders paid $4.30 per pound for Shiane Pittman’s cham- pion, and Fulton Tractor and Kubota paid $4.10 per pound for Macey Richards’ reserve champion. Last year’s champion pig brought $4.90 per pound, and the reserve brought $3.90 per pound. Pittman took home $1,118, while Richards pocketed $1,058 for her efforts.
Farm Family Insurance was the successful bidder for Lexi Richards’ reserve champion heavyweight, paying $3.40 per pound, while Sideling Hill Sportsman’s Association took home Baylee Swope’s reserve champion lightweight for $2.10 per pound. Community State Bank was the high bidder for Landon Seiders’ champion heavyweight, paying $2.45 per pound, while Jack Garlock took Carter Garlock’s champion lightweight for $2.90 per pound.
Other hog buyers included: Noah Hughes, Daljcon, Community State Bank (3), FOVA/VFW (4), Forbes Road Lions Club, Dana Signs, Pierce and Shelby Miller, Dr. Jack Steele, Will and Marianne Hoffman (3), Mike Miller, Helser’s Excavating, Alexander Financial Group, Hamilton Nissan, Morral Feed & Farm Supply, Dr. Joe Wolfe, Fulton Valley Ag Services, Shearer’s Screen Printing, Country View Family Farms, Genetic Visions, Commercial Concepts, Thomas’ All Things Automotive (2), Prestige Meats, Morton’s Feed Mill, Sipes Funeral Home (3), Younker’s Meat Market, Eader’s Livestock and Butchering, Mac- Donald’s Pharmacy, Leroy Fagley, Keefer’s Racing, Needmore Veterinary Clinic, Sen. John Eichelberger, Farm Family Insurance, R&D Recycling, Wilkins Farm and Home Supply, Lincoln Way Pizza and Larry Betz Construction.
Market lamb sale
Eader’s Livestock and Butchering paid a whopping $8.25 per pound for Shiane Pittman’s grand champion market lamb on Saturday evening. The champion lamb weighed in at 134 pounds, bringing Pittman $1,106 for her efforts.
Brock Hohman’s reserve grand champion middleweight lamb was sold to McConnellsburg NAPA for $8.20 per pound. Last year’s champion lamb brought $8.10 per pound, while the reserve champion brought $7.25.
Brittany Truax’s reserve grand champion heavyweight lamb fetched $2.90 per pound from the Bedford Farm Bureau, while Carly Swope’s reserve champion middleweight lamb was taken by Uncle Clem’s Place for $2.20 per pound. Bedford Farm Bureau also placed a high bid of $2.90 per pound for Bronson Smith’s reserve champion lightweight, and Breanna Worthing’s champion lightweight was knocked down to F&M Trust for $2.90 per pound. .
The average lamb price this year was $3.28 per pound, down from last year’s average of $3.32 per pound. The fair market value last week was approximately $1.30 per pound.
Other lamb buyers included: Charlie Glenn, Fulton Mower Salvage, Community State Bank (2) (which donated one lamb back to the Scholarship Fund), Joe Chafardon, Younker’s Meat Market, Fix Construction, Frank Shives, Craig Knepper Auctioneering Service, R&D Recycling, John Lupey Great View, F&M Trust, Clem Malot (2) and Bard’s Auto Sales.
Market meat goat sale
This year’s 25 meat goats were sold straight by the head rather than by the pound as in past years. Levi Truax’s grand champion was knocked down to Souders Logging & Firewood for $810. It was donated back to the Scholarship Fund and then bought by Fix Construction for $240. Shiane Pittman’s reserve grand champion went home with Hubner Seed Co. (Bob Richards), which paid $750 for the goat. The goat was also donated back to the Scholarship Fund and bought by Everett Foodliner for $270.
Samantha Henry’s reserve champion middleweight meat goat went home to Uncle Clem’s Place on a high bid of $330 while Brittany Truax’s reserve champion lightweight was knocked down to Maple Hollow Fencing for $290. Adam Souders’ champion middleweight goat was bought by Toby Souders for $300 and Brock Hohman’s champion lightweight went to Bill and Michelle Cranford for $330.
Other meat goat buyers included: McConnellsburg NAPA (2), R&D Recycling (2), Bill & Michele Cranford (2), Ag Choice Farm Credit (2), Fred Waite (who donated the lamb back to the Scholarship Fund), Eddy’s Engraving and Gifts, Benjamin Shughart, Joe Chafardon, Everett Foodliner, Sideling Hill Sportsman’s Association, Clem Malot (2), Glenn Dairy, Fix Construction (2) and Greencastle Livestock.
The average meat goat price this year was $365 per goat and $4.77 per pound.
This year’s sale total of $108,524 was up slightly from last year’s grand total of $108,015 when a total of 119 animals were sold.
Craig Knepper served as the auctioneer for this year’s livestock sale.