MOUNDSVILLE, W. Va. — Despite heavy rains and flood warnings the 34th Annual Marshall County FFA Ham, Bacon & Egg Show and Sale was held March 9 at the Marshall Co. Fairground in Moundsville called by auctioneer Ronald Morrison.
Sale total was $33,200 without the resale; a large increase over last year’s sale.
Representatives from oil and gas companies stationed nearby competed with local businesses to outbid the competition for champion hams, bacons and eggs shown by members of the Marshall County FFA.
Nearly everything won by the energy companies was donated back to the FFA scholarship fund, which received more than $2,000 at the sale.
The Grand Champion eggs shown by Lexie Aston were bought by Boso’s Towing of Moundsville W. Va. The eggs sold for $1650 per dozen, which was donated back to the scholarship fund.
FFA member Colleene Williamson’s Reserve Grand Champion eggs were bought by Jack Zukoff of Accessories Limited in Moundsville for $675 per dozen.
Cameron high school student Ashley Cain’s Grand Champion bacon, weighing 8.2 pounds, sold for $275 per pound to Chesapeake Energy and was donated back to the FFA scholarship fund. Reserve Champion bacon was shown by Austin Chambers. It weighed 8.48 pounds and sold to George Leasure for $150 per pound.
FFA member Ashley Cain won Grand Champion ham, weighing 23.44 pounds and selling to Caiman Energy for $50 per pound. Reserve Grand Champion ham, shown by Kayla Mathews, weighed 23.44 pounds, and was bought by Chesapeake Energy for $42 per pound. The ham was donated back to benefit the FFA scholarship fund.
There were more than 50 hams, 50 bacon and 16 dozen eggs in the sale.
Students who participated in the project had to have their hogs by Sept. 15. After the hogs were sent to the slaughterhouse the students had to cut the hams and bacons out of the half-hogs under the supervision of their ag teachers.
Each hog produces two hams and two bacons, which are then cured. After the meat is taken out of cure it is hung in the school’s drying room for trimming and smoking.
The sale judges were Lloyd Earnest, Howard Henderson, Edgar Hooper and Tim Basset. The Marshall County Fair board provided the facilities for the sale.
For more info on FFA events contact Russell Dotson at 304-686-2207.