HARRISBURG, Pa. – The Sale Arena in the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex erupted in applause Jan. 10, as Hoss’s Steak and Sea House walked away with the grand champion steer for the record-setting $28,500.
Ryan Claycomb, Osterburg, owned the 1,265-pound crossbred steer.
The previous record was set in 1999 at $28,000.
Lacey Murray, Garrett, sold her 1,285-pound crossbred reserve champion steer to Wenger’s of Myerstown and Fulton Bank for $4,050. The sale amount exceeded the $4,000 figure set in 2005.
Claycomb and Murray won for the second year in a row, this year from among more than 80 steers.
Westmoreland winner. The sale opened with the grand champion swine, exhibited by Jason Hilty, Mount Pleasant, Westmoreland County. The 260-pound Crossbred sold to Hatfield Quality Meats for $4,000.
Hatfield also purchased the 250-pound reserve champion swine exhibited by Amanda Stolzfus, Geigertown ,for $3,000.
Lamb winners. The grand champion lamb brought $2,400 from a bid by New Holland Sales Stables. Molly Enos, Rockwood, took top honors with her 145-pound crossbred lamb.
This was the third time in recent years that Enos fared well in this competition, winning grand champion market lamb honors in 2004 and reserve champion market lamb honors in 2002.
The 142-pound reserve champion, a crossbred owned by Samantha Adams, Bedford, sold for $2,350 to Fulton Bank & Kessler’s Inc.
Adams exhibited the grand champion market lamb last year at the 2005 Show.
Top goats. The grand champion goat claimed a bid of $2,000 from New Holland Sales Stables. Exhibited by Megan Anderson, Schellburg, the crossbred weighed 77 pounds.
Kyler Myers’ 97-pound reserve champion goat received a bid of $1,900 from Westfield Insurance. Myers lives in Bedford.
Scholarships. Money generated from the market auctions is used to help fund the Farm Show Scholarship Program. At least 1 percent of the gross sale receipt from each animal sold is put toward the fund.
This year, 23 scholarships were awarded, totaling $80,500.
Western Pa. winners. In the market lamb show, the following western Pa. youth showed breed champions:
Southdown: reserve: Alyssa Debnar, Indiana Co.; Suffolk: champion: Sarah Farley, Somerset Co.; other wool breeds purebred: champion: Aubrey Gibson, Lawrence Co.; middleweight crossbred: champion: Courtney Cowden, Washington Co.; reserve: Kylie Keslar, Fayette Co.
Market swine show champions from western Pa. include: Duroc: champion: Mathew Smith, Armstrong Co.; Spotted Swine: champion: Lexie Matthews, Washington Co.; crossbred: champion: Jason Hilty, Westmoreland Co.
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