SMITHFIELD, Ohio – John DeFrank continued a string of champion steer wins at this year’s Jefferson County Fair.
DeFrank has showed either the grand or reserve champion steer in five of the last six years – this year, he grabbed them both.
DeFrank, who was also a skillathon winner, sold his 1,300-pound grand champion to Biggio Ford Lincoln Mercury for $5 a pound. Wayne Door Sales paid $1.60 a pound for DeFrank’s 1,330-pound reserve champion steer, which also had a 2.16-pound rate of gain.
Overall, the annual market livestock sale totaled $135,043, down from the 2000 sale total of $151,483.
The 50 steers brought $65,677, and averaged $1313.54.
Although they didn’t sell their calves, James Wood and Dalton Wood received $50 savings bonds from the Tri-County Feeder Calf Association. James raised the champion steer feeder calf and Dalton raised the champion heifer feeder calf.
Eight dairy beef feeder calves sold this year, up from just one head last year. David Worwa’s 565-pound grand champion calf sold for 75 cents a pound to State Park Motors in Wintersville. Brian Newburn’s 597-pound reserve champion sold for 85 cents a pound to Carrollton Livestock Auction.
Lambs. Kassy Piergallini, who raised last year’s grand champion lamb, returned this year to repeat her 2000 achievement. Piergallini’s 115-pound lamb sold for $5 a pound to Wood’s Food Stores in Hopedale and Jewett.
The bid matches what Piergallini earned last year, but is well shy of the $15.50 a pound bid paid in 1999.
Lacey Larson’s 125-pound reserve champion lamb sold for $2.50 a pound to Judge David Scarpone.
The 27 lambs brought $5,665.50, and averaged 209.83.
Hogs. Caitlin Corso’s 265-pound market hog topped the field of 159 hogs to win the grand champion banner. Jefferson Landmark paid $4 a pound for the grand champion.
Krogers Food Stores paid $3 a pound for the reserve champion hog, raised by Jo Beth Householder.
The hogs brought $50,599, and averaged $316.25.
Small animals. In the small animal sale, Coral Roach sold her grand champion pen of three meat chickens to R. Davis and Sons for $175 a head. Amanda Grafton’s reserve champion pen sold for $200 a head to Wendy’s of Wintersville.
The grand champion pair of ducks, raised by Rachael Finney, sold for $150 per head to Auctioneer Gary Cain. Cain also bought the grand champion goose, raised by Tyler Grafton, for $150.
The reserve champion pair of ducks, raised by Seth Otto, sold for $125 to Dennis Hickel.
Marissa McCourt’s grand champion turkey sold for $175 to Everhart Funeral Home and Mari Jo McCourt’s reserve champion turkey sold for $175 to Sky Bank.
The grand champion rabbit, raised by Vicki McConnell, sold for $175 to Jefferson Landmark. John McConnell’s reserve champion rabbit sold for $200 to Steve Vukelic.
Auctioneers volunteering their time to cry the sale included Gary Cain, Rick Sponholtz, Jaimie Gandee and Mark Harding.