Bidders battle it out at 2003 Butler Farm Show


BUTLER, Pa. – The Filges family went down in history at the Butler Farm Show livestock sale Aug. 7 when Cody and Dayna Filges sold their champion steers for record prices.

Cody’s 1,278-pound grand champion was purchased by Amerikohl Mining for $5.40 a pound. The previous record, set in 2001, was $5.25 a pound.

Nixon Landscape and Supply bought Dayna’s 1,213-pound reserve champion for $4 a pound. The old record was $3.50 a pound, set in 2001.

Twenty-seven steers sold for an average of $1.14 a pound without champions and $1.45 a pound with champions.

Adam Drake won the 8-9 age division in beef showmanship; Heather Cox, 10-11; Colt Filges, 12-13; Whitney Edwards, 14-15; and Jessica Stewart, 16-21.

Chickens. Not to be outdone, the poultry sale broke some records of its own.

Danielle Yobst sold her grand champion market chickens for $345.19 to Elliott Tire. The old record, $150, was set in 2001.

Black’s Clearwater Kennel and Gamebirds bought Selina Gehringer’s reserve champion market chickens for $245.30. The old record, also set in 2001, was $150.

Three pens of market chickens sold for $659.82.

Brandon Bowden won the poultry novice showmanship division; Selina Gehringer, 8-9 showmanship; and Yobst, 16-21 showmanship and best overall showman.

Lambs. The market lamb sale did not shy away from the spotlight either. Nathan Schultheis tied the record price when Henninger & Robinson Law Firm bought his 118-pound grand champion lamb for $10 a pound.

The last time a grand champion lamb brought that much at the Butler Farm Show was 1995.

Meghann Dunn sold her 125-pound reserve champion lamb to C.W. Howard Insurance Agency for $6.75 a pound.

Fifty-two lambs averaged $1.87 a pound without champions and $2.13 a pound with champions.

In lamb showmanship, Michelle DiPippa won the 8-9 age division; Stephen Drake, 10-11; Nicole Laughlin, 12-13; Debbi Drake, 14-15; and Tara Drake, 16-21.

Hogs. Harold Dunn started off the hog sale by selling his 251-pound grand champion hog to Custom-Fab Trailers for $9 a pound.

M & K Show Pigs bought Grant McKinnis Jr.’s 270-pound reserve champion hog for $4.50 a pound.

The average price for 79 hogs was $1.61 a pound without champions and $1.75 a pound with champions.

Rebekah Dunn won the 16-21 age division in hog showmanship; Harold Dunn, 14-15; Eric Drake, 12-13; Sarah Leslie, 10-11; and Leighton Meals, 8-9 division.

Rabbits. It was also a successful fair for the Kummer family. Jessi Kummer sold her pen of grand champion market rabbits for $500 to AAA A-Z Services.

Randi Kummer’s reserve champion market rabbits brought $450 from Knauf Feed Mill.

Four pens of rabbits sold for $1,350.

Kayla Protzman won 16-21 age bracket in rabbit showmanship; Jessi Kummer, 14-15 division; Ashley Frohnert, 12-13; Sarah Cashdollar, 10-11; and Renee Frohnert, 8-9 division.

Goats. In the market goat sale, Zachary Schwartz’s 77-pound grand champion was purchased by Stoughton Excavating for $3.25 a pound.

The reserve champion market goat, exhibited by Matthew Ryhal, was purchased by Sankey’s Feed Mill for $3 a pound.

Eight goats averaged $1.33 a pound without champions and $1.76 a pound with champions.

In dairy goat showmanship Amanda Mabold took top honors, winning the 14-15 age division and best overall showman. John Mabold won the 16-21 division; Sara Mabold, 12-13; Josh Arner, 10-11; and Amanda Scheboth, 8-9.

The sale total was $89,820.72.

John Huey was the auctioneer and Alvin Vogel, Luke Vogel and Jim Youkins served as ringmen.

(Janelle Baltputnis welcomes reader feedback by phone at 1-800-837-3419, ext. 21, or by e-mail at

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