Erie County 4-H’ers sell projects at livestock sale

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ERIE, Pa. – Phil Chase of Waterford Jubilee Foods purchased the grand champion market steer at the recent Erie County 4-H Livestock Sale at the Waterford Fair.

He paid $3 a pound for the 1,253-pound crossbred steer, raised and marketed by Julie James.

The 255-pound grand champion market hog was purchased by the Kosiorek Cattle Company and Roy’s Garage for $2.35 a pound. It was raised and marketed by Brian Reitz.

Beth Weldon of Animal Friends Cremation Services paid $4 a pound for the grand champion market lamb. This year’s champion lamb, weighing 115 pounds, was exhibited and sold by Tom Cermak.

The reserve grand champion market steer was purchased by Hoss’s Steak and Sea House for $1.70 a pound. The crossbred steer, exhibited by Dustin Fortin, weighed 1,275 pounds.

Fortin also sold the reserve champion market hog at the sale. His 292-pound Duroc gilt was purchased by Waterford Jubilee Foods.

The reserve champion market lamb was purchased by C. Sherman Allen for $1.50 a pound. The Suffolk crossbred lamb, weighing 120 pounds, was sold by Brandie North.

Averages, totals. According to Carolyn L. Belczyk, extension agent with the Erie County Extension office, 23 market lambs, 34 market hogs and 29 market steers were sold at the fair’s sale.

Sale averages this year without champions were $1.45 a pound for market Iambs, $1.40 a pound for market hogs and $1.19 a pound for market steers.

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