Buyers step forward in Ashland County

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ASHLAND, Ohio – Good weather and an excellent lineup of livestock combined for a high-selling two-day auction to mark the end of the 2004 Ashland County Fair.
Small animals. Day one of the auction got under way with the sale of small animals and the market steer sale.
Michaela Rogers’ champion pen of meat rabbits was purchased by Classy Chassis for $375 while TJ Rabbits bid $375 for Heidi Middleton’s reserve champion pen of meat rabbits.
Heffelfinger Meats Inc. had the top bid of $300 for Zachery Fulk’s champion pen of broilers, while Aber Truck Center bid $525 for Shelby Emmons’ reserve champion pen of broilers.
Andrew Keets sold his 94-pound dairy market goat for $6.50 a pound to Heffelfinger Meats Inc., while Money Now bid $4.10 a pound for Jamie Menci’s 81-pound reserve champion dairy meat goat.
The goats averaged $3.11 a pound with the champions and $2.63 without.
Dr. Stephen Torski bid $4 a pound to purchase Jeff Stitzlein’s 98-pound champion meat-type market goat.
Always a supporter of the junior fair livestock auction, this was the first of two champions Torski purchased during the two-day auction.
Fin, Feather and Fur bid $3.80 a pound for Logan Hatfield’s 96-pound reserve champion meat-type market goat. This was the first of three champions this buyer purchased during the sale.
The goats averaged $2.22 a pound with the champions and $2.04 without.
Steers. Torski also teamed up with Morris Sign Studio to bid $11 a pound for Stephanie Litten’s 1,311-pound champion market steer.
Bill Keener’s 1,255-pound reserve champion market steer was purchased for $6 a pound by Jones Livestock and Andy White, auctioneer.
Keener’s steer was also named as the champion Ashland County bred and raised steer.
Collette Eichelberger’s 1,322-pound champion dairy steer was purchased by Hawkins’ Market for $1.85 a pound, while National City Bank bid $1.90 a pound for Dustin White’s 1,295-pound reserve champion dairy steer.
The steers averaged $1.74 a pound with the champions and $1.49 without.
$13 hog. Heffelfinger Meats Inc. purchased their third champion during the two-day sale with the top bid of $13 a pound on Luke Ebert’s 260-pound champion market hog, while Seth Ebert’s 263-pound reserve champion market hog was purchased by First Choice Mechanical for $7 a pound.
The hogs averaged $2.07 a pound with the champions and $1.99 without.
High lambs. Torski purchased his final champion at the two-day auction with a bid of $26 a pound on Heather Heffelfinger’s 137-pound champion market lamb.
Jones Livestock and Fin, Feather and Fur teamed up to bid $18.50 a pound for Charity Massie’s 135-pound reserve champion market lamb.
The lambs averaged $4.54 a pound with the champions and $3.88 without.
Baby beef. Fin, Feather and Fur concluded their run for the champions with the purchase of the champion and the reserve champion baby beef steers.
Aaron Yoder’s 1,356-pound grand champion baby beef steer was purchased for $7.50 a pound, while Erica White’s 1,320-pound reserve champion baby beef steer was purchased for $4.50 a pound.
The baby beef steers averaged $1.54 a pound with the champions and $1.38 without.

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