MILLERSBURG, Ohio – The Holmes County community once again showed its caring spirit during the 2001 Holmes County junior fair livestock auction. Buyers showed their support for everything from a young child battling cancer to funds for a scholarship in memory of a 4-H member killed in an automobile accident earlier this summer.
Mohican Farm bid $14 per pound for Ami Breitenbucher’s 188-pound market hog, raising $2,632 to provide the funds needed to establish the scholarship in Breitenbucher’s memory to benefit a student pursuing a degree in nursing.
Cherokee Builders had the top bid on four champions during the two-day auction. The local building firm purchased the champion market hog, market lamb, beef steer and dairy feeder with the proceeds from the resale of the carcasses going toward the medical expenses being incurred by the family of 3-year-old Karley Arnold. The youngster is battling cancer and is hospitalized at the Cleveland Clinic.
Big buys. Cherokee Builders bid $9.75 per pound for Kendra Mills’ 122-pound lamb while RPG Sales, distributors for Land Pride Equipment, bid $6.50 per pound for Ryan Reusser’s 135-pound reserve champion lamb.
Cherokee Builders also bid $6.75 per pound for Kassie Kick’s 259-pound market hog. West Fork Restaurant bid $6.45 per pound for Maegan Baker’s 244-pound reserve champion market hog.
Cherokee Builders bid $4 per pound for Stephanie Smith’s 1,265-pound champion steer while Taylor Straits’ 1,290-pound reserve champion steer was purchased by Roland Industry for $4 per pound.
Cherokee Builders also bid $3.75 per pound for Brian Brown’s 555-pound dairy feeder. Renee Hershberger’s 730-pound dairy feeder was purchased by Rodhe’s IGA for $2.50 per pound.
Kyle Watts sold his 1,570-pound champion dairy steer for $2 per pound to Rick Hawkins’ Lumber. Mullet Tire Service bid $1.40 per pound for Ryan Yoder’s reserve champion dairy steer.
Small animals. Commercial and Savings Bank bid $600 for Marie Franks’ champion pen of broilers while The Pizza Parlor in Shreve bid $350 for Christine Franks’ reserve champion pen of broilers.
The Pizza Parlor in Shreve had the top bid of $1,000 for Matthew Keim’s champion turkey. Mount Hope and Benton Elevators and Fredericksburg Feed and Supply bid $600 for Brittany Heckman’s reserve champion turkey.
The Pizza Parlor in Shreve bid $700 for Daniel Klingler’s champion pen of rabbits while McMillen Tours bid $400 for Marcia Faunce’s reserve champion pen of rabbits.
First Knox National Bank bid $5.75 per pound for Margo Overholt’s 109-pound champion meat goat while T & K Transport and George Morris Trucking bid $8 per pound for Tiffany Eddy’s 114-round reserve champion meat goat.
Dairy products sale. Five baskets of dairy products are auctioned off during the junior fair livestock auction and the money raised during the auction is divided among the junior fair dairy exhibitors.
This year, proceeds from the dairy products auction totaled $12,100, down slightly from last year’s record of $14,000.
Basket One sold for $3,000 to Loudonville Farmers Equity, Purina Mills, Springwalk Farm, Farm Credit Services, Kalmbach Feeds, East Holmes Vet Clinic., W.G. Dairy Supply and Curry Lumber.
Basket Two sold for $3,000 to Commercial and Savings Bank, Holmes County Title, WKLM Radio, Steimel Law Office, and Spring Hill Farm.
Basket Three sold for $2,500 to Killbuck Savings Bank.
Basket Four sold for $2,000 to Gerber and Sons of Baltic, Vern’s Concessions, Ramsey Hoof Trimming, R & R Swiss, Fred and Rosemary Reutter, Keith and Heather Reutter, Met Life Financial Services, Lisa Grassbaugh, Larry and Carolyn Alexander, Open Road Farm, Dar-Re Farm, Welcome Ridge Farm, R S Transport and Craig and Deb Hershberger.
Basket Five sold for $1,600 to Harold’s Equipment, Habrun’s Insurance, Moorman’s Feed, Bob Bryant, Bechtel Services and New Pittsburgh Vet Clinic.