CADIZ, Ohio – Eight champion animals crossed the auction block July 14 at the Harrison County Fair livestock sale. And just like last year, Excel Mining went home with five of them.
Lambs. With temperatures hovering around the 90-degree mark, Excel Mining purchased Janelle Valdinger’s 127-pound grand champion lamb for $7.25 per pound.
This was Janelle’s fourth grand champion lamb in the past five years. She also won senior lamb showmanship and lamb showman of showmen for the second year in a row. She earned the senior outstanding market lamb project award as well.
Zoee Kaurich sold her 135-pound reserve champion lamb to North Star Metals for $10 per pound.
She also won the intermediate outstanding market lamb project award.
Jacob Howes took top honors in intermediate lamb showmanship and Westin Fogle won the junior division.
Cole Howes won the outstanding market lamb project award in the junior class.
The 41 lambs averaged $2.59 per pound with champions and $2.23 per pound without.
Steers. For the past three years, Carly Birney has been in one of the market steer show’s top spots. This year, her 1,245-pound grand champion steer sold to Excel Mining for $3.80 per pound.
Birney had the reserve champion steer in 2005, the grand champion in 2004 and the reserve champion in 2003.
CAM Ohio bought Ashley Stine’s 1,280-pound reserve champion steer for $1.85 per pound. Stine also earned the senior division outstanding market steer project award.
In steer showmanship, Janelle Valdinger won the senior division. Tyler Horn won intermediate showmanship and the intermediate outstanding market steer project award. Tiffany Horn won junior division showmanship and the junior outstanding market steer project award.
The 27 steers averaged $1.39 per pound with champions and $1.30 without champions.
Hogs. According to the numbers, hogs were the fair’s most popular project with 119 entries.
Tyler Horn’s 267-pound grand champion hog sold to Coffy’s Bi-Lo for $7.75 per pound
Direct Action Co. purchased Stephanie Valdinger’s 239-pound reserve champion hog for $6 per pound. Stephanie also earned the senior outstanding market hog project award.
Corey Chrisman won the intermediate outstanding market hog project award and intermediate showmanship. Kaitlin Ellzy took first place in the outstanding market hog project award junior division.
Zachary Jones won junior market hog showmanship.
Corey Case won senior market hog showmanship and earned the title of market hog showman of showmen.
Prices at the hog sale averaged $1.65 per pound with champions and $1.56 per pound without.
Goats. In addition to her reserve champion lamb honors, Kaurich also took the grand champion market goat banner.
Excel Mining paid $625 for the 95-pound champion goat.
Billy Fulton’s 82-pound reserve champion goat sold to D&J Sales and Service for $375.
Doug Whiteman won the senior outstanding market goat project award.
Brooke Smith took first in the outstanding market goat project intermediate division and intermediate showmanship. She also won market goat showman of showmen.
Seth Keller won the junior outstanding market goat project award.
Westin Fogle won junior showmanship and Cylene Smith won senior showmanship.
The 25 goats averaged $216.67 per animal with champions and $198.39 without champions.
Rabbits. Nichole Yourko sold her grand champion pen of rabbits to Excel Mining for $425. She also took blue ribbons in senior showmanship and the outstanding market rabbit project senior division. Yourko was named showman of showmen as well.
Orme East Hardware purchased Michael Wright’s reserve champion pen of rabbits for $400.
The intermediate outstanding market rabbit project award went to Ashley Koch and the junior award went to Kaci Carter.
Callie Eberhart won junior showmanship.
The 10 pens of rabbits averaged $229 per pen with champions and $183.13 without.
Poultry. In the market turkey sale, C.H. Birney Farms paid $500 for Tyler Horn’s grand champion animal.
Tyler also won the intermediate outstanding market turkey project award.
Orme East Hardware bought John Smith’s reserve champion turkey for $325.
Cylene Smith won the senior outstanding market turkey project award.
Tucker Fenstamaker won the junior outstanding market turkey project award and junior showmanship.
Brooke Smith won intermediate showmanship. Kristin Henline won senior showmanship and showman of showmen.
The 17 turkeys averaged $192.65 per bird with champions and $163.33 without champions.
The grand champion pen of chickens, owned by Katherine Knight, went to Excel Mining for $400. Katherine also won the senior outstanding market poultry award.
Orme East Hardware paid $350 for Morgan Knight’s reserve champion pen. Morgan also won senior showmanship.
The award for intermediate outstanding market poultry project went to Stacy Czekansky. Adam Fisher won the junior division.
Leanna May won intermediate showmanship and earned the showman of showmen title. Billy Fulton won junior showmanship.
The sale averaged $135.48 per pen with champions and $110.26 without.
Feeder calves. Cole Edmonds’ 371-pound grand champion dairy feeder steer sold for $1.40 per pound to Coleman Farm Equipment and Muskingum Livestock Auction.
Shawn Pate took reserve champion honors for the third year in a row. This year, Carrollton Livestock Auction bought Pate’s 413-pound reserve champion for $1.30 per pound.
The 13 dairy steers averaged $0.95 per pound with champions and $0.87 without.
Fifteen feeder calf steers averaged $1.54 per pound for a total of $9,697.25. Four heifer feeder calves also averaged $1.54 per pound for a total of $2,875.90. The champions were not sold.
Adding to her steer honors, Stine won senior feeder calf showmanship and the senior outstanding feeder calf project award.
Corey Chrisman earned first in the outstanding feeder calf project award intermediate division.
Dairy baskets. The market sale also included baskets of dairy products from the junior dairy showmen. The top price went to Stephanie Valdinger, who sold her basket to Hamilton Insurance for $725.
The sale totaled $147,189.09, an increase of about $4,640 from the 2005 sale.
Auctioneers who donated their time at the sale are Billy Birney, Steve Birney, Wayne Falb, Darrell Gartrell, Rhett Peters, Darrell Watson, Bill Host and George Cobb.
(Reporter Janelle Skrinjar welcomes feedback by phone at 800-837-3419, ext. 22, or by e-mail at email@example.com.)
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