CALDWELL, Ohio – Noble County junior fair exhibitors wrapped up their project years Aug. 31 at the large and small animal sales at the Noble County Fair. Bids totaled $171,948.83, down just slightly from last year’s total of $179,292.
Big beef. Stephen Watson raised the 1,372-pound grand champion market steer, which sold to Bruner Land Company for $1.70 a pound. Jason Ramage sold his 1,272-pound reserve champion steer to Caldwell Classic Chevrolet for $1.475 a pound.
Candace Thompson raised the grand and reserve champion dairy beef feeders. Her grand champion sold to auctioneer Ben Schafer for $1.25 a pound. The reserve champion sold to Bruner Land Company for 65 cents per pound.
Kayla Watson chose not to sell her grand champion feeder calf heifer ; likewise, Billy Rich’s grand champion feeder calf steer and Stephen Watson’s reserve champion feeder steer also did not to go through the sale ring. Shauna Watson’s 1,045-pound feeder calf heifer sold for 75 cents a pound to DeVoll Club Pigs.
The 20 market steers averaged 99 cents a pound; 11 dairy feeder calves averaged $1.064 a pound; 38 feeder calf heifers averaged $1.488 a pound; 59 feeder calf steers averaged $1.369 a pound.
Beef showmanship awards went to Jason Ramage, senior and county champion beef showmanship; Kayla Watson, intermediate; Carly Poling, junior and reserve county champion; Jakala Laipply, novice.
Hogs and lambs. The grand champion hog, a 269-pounder raised by Dayna Carpenter, sold to Riesbeck’s Food Market. Chase Garvin’s 255-pound reserve champion hog sold for $1.38 a pound to Davis Drugs.
The 117 hogs averaged $1.574 a pound.
The grand champion market lamb, raised by Kayla Carter, sold for $8.50 a pound to Riesbeck’s Food Market. It weighed 134 pounds.
Ellen Schott’s 127-pound reserve champion lamb sold for $6.20 a pound to J.R. Brown.
The 52 sheep averaged $2.241 a pound.
Ellen Schott, intermediate showmanship winner, also won the county sheep showmanship honor; Kayla Carter was reserve county showman. Other winners were: Victoria Webster, senior; Linsey Carter, junior; and Elizabeth Sickler, novice.
Amy Slevin won the market lamb rate of gain award, with a weight gain of .75 pounds per day.
Small animals. The grand champion pen of rabbits, raised by Dave Varhola, sold for $285 to King Quarries. Laura Braden’s reserve champion pen sold for $310 to Minyo Trucking.
Rabbit showmanship winners were: Laura Braden, senior; Jacey Hesson, intermediate; Katy Bettinger, junior; Andrew Hannum, novice; Amy Slevin, county champion; Dave Varhola, reserve county champion.
The 59 rabbit pens averaged $141.44 per pen.
In the poultry sale, Kayla Parcell’s grand champion pen of meat chickens sold for $275 to Caldwell Classic Chevrolet, and Victoria Webster’s reserve champion pen brought $210 from J.R. Brown Trucking.
The 23 poultry pens averaged $77.17 per pen.
Poultry showmanship awards went to: Duane Wheeler, senior; Justin Woodworth, junior; Alicia Parcell, novice. Woodworth also won the county champion and reserve champion county poultry showmanship awards.
Alicia House sold her 102-pound grand champion market goat to Wal-Mart for $700. Courtney Mallet’s 108-pound reserve champion goat sold for $ 385 to B&M Muffler.
The 43 goats averaged $179.77 per head.
Goat showmanship honors went to Justin Nau, senior division and reserve county award; Lisa Braden, intermediate; Kristen Nau, junior; Amy Ramsey, novice; Tabitha Saling, county champion.
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