Butler Farm Show: Altmeyer’s annual purchase got expensive

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BUTLER, Pa. – For the fifth year in a row, John Altmeyer of Altmeyer Custom-Fab Trailers of Butler made the final bid for the grand champion market hog at the junior fair livestock sale of the Butler Farm Show.

And while last year he had to up his bid $4 a pound over the year before to continue his traditional purchase of the grand champion hog, last week it took a bid of $20 a pound.

Altmeyer’s purchase price for Harold Dunn’s 276-grand champion hog at the Aug. 9 Butler Farm Show sale was $3,300.

The 241-pound reserve champion hog, shown by Elizabeth Standley, then went for $2.50 a pound, $1.20 less than the reserve champion sold for last year. It was purchased by Thoma’s Meats in Saxonburg.

A total of 95 market hogs were sold for a total of $32,552.50, averaging $1.43 with champions and $1.29 without.

Market goats. Four market goats sold for a total of $838.50, averaging $3.19 with champions and $2.25 without.

Desiree Koch of Evans City sold her 65-pound grand champion goat for $5 a pound to State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe of Cranberry Township. The 72-pound reserve champion goat, shown by Bruce Bryner of Evans City, sold to Richard Wagner of Saxonburg for $3.25 a pound.

Market lambs. A total of 63 were sold for $8,845.85, averaging $1.31 with champions and $1.17 without.

Kaci McKinnis sold her 131-pound grand champion lamb for $5.70 a pound to Henninger and Robinson law firm of Butler. The 115-pound reserve champion lamb, shown by Sharon Ankrom, was purchased by Central Tractor of Butler for $3.90 a pound.

Market steers. A total of 30 market steers were sold for $39,450.66, averaging $1.11 a pound with champions and 87 cents a pound without.

Amber Kennedy sold her 1,207-pound grand champion steer for $5.25 a pound to Amerkohl Mining Co of Butler. The 1,231-pound reserve champion steer, shown by Colt Filges, sold to Nixon Landscape Supply for $3 a pound.

Small animal sale. A total of three pens of two meat chickens were sold for $350. Nicole Martinez of Saxonburg sold her 16-pound-plus pen for $150 to Black’s Clearwater Kennel and Gamebirds of Eau Claire. The reserve champion pen, shown by Danielle Yobst, also sold for $150, to Sue Brennan of Twin Hills Dairy Goats, Evans City.

There were four pens of three meat rabbits selling for a total of $2,000, averaging $500 per pen. Lyndee Shields of Butler sold her 12-pound-plus grand champion pen to Snuggles Rabbitry for $650. The 13-pound reserve champion pen, shown by Jessi Kummer of Renfrew, sold to Knauf Feed Mill of Harmony for $550.

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