Mercer 4-H supporters open wallets for $90,000

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MERCER, Pa. – The Barbour clan continued its steer dynasty at the Mercer County 4-H Roundup. The family has won champion steer titles almost every year since 1994 and this year it added another win to its list.

Jeremy Barbour took home grand champion honors with his 1,240-pound market steer. Grove City Hoss’s Steak and Sea House purchased the steer for $2.75 at the livestock auction Aug. 8.

However the winning didn’t stop there for Barbour. He also showed the 115-pound grand champion market lamb, which sold for a record $10.75 a pound to Springfield Grille. The old record was set in 2001 at $10 a pound.

Barbour took a step up this year, as he exhibited the reserve champion steer and lamb last year.

The overall sale total was $90,309.97.

Rabbit record. Ashley Saunders showed the 10.3-pound grand champion pen of market rabbits this year. She sold them for $46 a pound, breaking her own 1999 record of $45 a pound. Pizza Joe’s bought both record-breaking pens.

Steer winners. Also finishing at the top of the steer show was Dustin Douglas. His 1,260-pound reserve champion steer sold to Dean Gerber for $2 a pound.

Twenty steers averaged 98 cents a pound without champions and $1.12 a pound with champions.

The 750-pound grand champion carcass steer was exhibited by Ryan Hancox. James Minshull purchased it for $2 a pound, which broke the previous record price of $1.75 a pound set in 1999 and 1997.

Rodgers Grove City Agway bought Brandon Plymate’s 855-pound reserve champion carcass steer for $1.50 a pound.

Ten carcass steer projects averaged $1.10 a pound without champions and $1.24 a pound with champions.

Lambs. Ross Henry claimed the reserve champion market lamb banner with his 125-pound lamb. He sold it to Marsh Bussing and Twin Pine Farm for $2.50 a pound.

Thirty-five lambs sold for an average of $2.13 a pound without champions and $2.35 a pound with champions.

Josh McConnell exhibited the 61-pound grand champion carcass lamb, which sold for $5.25 a pound to Pizza Joe’s.

Hermitage Tractor Supply Company bought Anne Friedman’s 60-pound reserve champion carcass lamb for $5 a pound.

Three carcass lamb projects brought an average of $2.18 a pound without champions and $3.44 a pound with champions.

Hogs. Kimberly Preston and Krystal Lazzar found themselves together in the winner’s circle after the hog show.

Preston’s 248-grand champion hog sold to McCullough Fencing and Super Structures for $3 a pound.

For the second year in a row, Lazzar exhited the reserve champion hog. This year, her 261-pound hog brought $2.10 a pound from D.R. Thompson.

Ninety-eight hogs averaged $1.47 a pound without champions and $1.49 a pound with champions.

Travis Reynolds sold his 178-pound grand champion carcass hog to McQuiston Insurance for $2.05 a pound.

Hadley Road Giant Eagle purchased Samantha Griffin’s 261-pound reserve champion carcass hog for $2.60 a pound.

Five carcass hog projects brought an average of $2.37 a pound without champions and $2.35 with champions.

Market goats. Kacy Lyn Scott’s 105-pound grand champion market goat brought $4.50 a pound from New Wilmington Produce Auction. Scott also exhibited the grand champion goat last year.

The 87-pound reserve champion market goat, exhibited by Brad Foster, sold to Brownie’s Oil for $4.75 a pound.

Six goats averaged $1.14 a pound without champions and $2.36 a pound with champions.

Auctioneers were C. Sherman Allen, Don and Lloyd Braham, Simon Miller and Duke Whiting.

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