Bidders dodge rain drops at Holmes livestock auction


MILLERSBURG, Ohio – Heavy showers didn’t dampen the spirit of the bidders at the 2004 Holmes County Junior Fair Livestock Auction.
Auction total. Under conditions that made exhibitors and spectators alike question whether an ark would be needed to move the animals off the fairgrounds, the proceeds from the two-day auction totaled $282,999.05.
Day one of the two-day auction began with the sale of Derek Reusser’s 122-pound grand champion market lamb for $12 per pound to Paul Miller and Roy Miller,.
Aaron Reusser’s 122-pound reserve champion market lamb sold for $8 per pound to First Knox National Bank.
A total of 53 market lambs averaged $3.09 per pound with the champions and $2.81 per pound without.
Goats. Roy Miller also bid $8.50 per pound for Lindsey Crider’s 88-pound champion dairy-type market goat, while Jonathan Havener’s 85-pound reserve champion dairy-type market goat was purchased by The Pizza Parlor for $2.50 per pound.
Katie O’Donnell’s 108-pound champion meat-type market goat was purchased by First Knox National Bank for $4.50 per pound, while Paydon Gingerich’s reserve champion 84-pound meat-type goat was purchased by Real Estate Showcase for $2 per pound.
The 24 goats averaged $2.99 per pound with the champions and $2.53 without.
Market hogs. Aaron Reusser was back in the winner’s circle with his 273-pound champion market hog which was purchased by Cherokee Builders for $5.75 per pound.
Elizabeth Overholt’s 260-pound reserve champion market hog was purchased by Denco Marketing for $6 per pound. The 173 market hogs averaged $2.29 per pound with the champions and $2.39 without.
The second day of the auction got under way with the sale of Kevin Klingler’s champion pen of meat rabbits to Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen for $500.
Holmes Pest Control bid $300 for Joseph Hamilton’s reserve champion pen of meat rabbits.
Dairy feeders. Open Road Farm bid $2.50 per pound for Keaton Strouse’s 732-pound champion dairy feeder, while his sister, Marie, sold her 722-pound reserve champion dairy feeder to Rodhe’s IGA for $1.70 per pound.
The 28 dairy feeders averaged $1.16 per pound with the champions and $1.08 without.
Kelly Hershberger’s champion turkey was purchased by Kaufman Realty and Auction Service for $550, while David Hall and Bob Gibbs teamed up to purchase Clay Martin’s reserve champion turkey for $250.
Christine Franks’ champion pen of broilers was purchased by Yoder’s Amish Home for $475 and Tosha Kandel sold her reserve champion pen of broilers to Millersburg Tires for $275.
Dairy steers. Martin D. Yoder Livestock, Zimmerly Livestock, Mt. Hope Auction and RC Farms went together to purchase Melissa Hershberger’s 1,372-pound champion dairy steer.
Jodi Reutter’s 1,231-pound reserve champion dairy steer was purchased by Jim and Holly Conway and Holmes Family Practice for $1.50 per pound.
The five dairy steers averaged $1.18 per pound with the champions and $0.89 without.
Market steers. Killbuck Savings Bank bid $4.20 per pound for Tyler Schlauch’s 1,284-pound champion market steer, while Jason Giauque’s 1,300-pound reserve champion market steer was purchased by Denco Marketing for $2.50 per pound.
Miller Lumber bid $2.10 per pound for Joel McKee’s 1,303-pound champion Holmes County bred and raised steer, while Multi-Products bid $1.50 per pound for Ryan Sowers’ 1,288-pound reserve champion, also Holmes County bred and raised.
The 47 market steers averaged $1.71 per pound with the champions and $1.63 without.


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