Two-day sale makes for shorter days at Washington County livestock sale


WASHINGTON, Pa. – After a 12-hour market livestock sale last year at the Washington County Fair, the sale was split into two days for this year’s sale Aug. 16-17 in Washington, Pa.

The sale brought 4-H’ers and FFA members $217,061.88 from the large and small animal auctions. This total includes scholarship donations. Many animals were auctioned once, then donated back and sold again, with the money going toward scholarships.

Twenty-eight $1,000 scholarships were given out this year to past 4-H or FFA members who have been in college or technical school for at least a year.

Big bucks. A highlight of the sale was Nicole Chadwick’s grand champion market lamb selling for $27 a pound to Sarris Candy. That price more than doubled last year’s $12 winning bid.

The state and county record bid for lambs was set in 1997, when Callie Chapman’s grand champion lamb sold for $45 a pound.

The bids dropped drastically to $3.75 a pound for Ashley Milcheck’s reserve grand champion market lamb, which went to Valley Women’s Health. Last year the reserve champion sold for $7 a pound.

Eighty-six lambs were auctioned at the sale, with the total reaching $34,230.88.

Goats. Milcheck continued raking in money with the sale of her reserve champion market goat. Tag’s Processing bought the reserve champion for $5 a pound, $4 less than last year’s goat in the same spot.

Lindsay McConnell sold her grand champion market goat to Log Cabin Fence for $10 a pound, a dollar less than last year’s highest bid.

The market goat sale total hit $10,340. The average with champions was $2.33 a pound.

Steers. Nikki Desmond just about hit last year’s $4 bid with her grand champion market steer, which sold for $3.90 a pound to First Federal Savings and Loan of Greene County.

Callie Chapman sold her reserve champion market steer to Hoss’ Steak and Sea House for $2, down 35 cents from last year’s reserve champion.

Sixty-two steers sold for $89,080.25.

Hog heaven. Prices were up for this year’s grand champion market hog but down for the reserve champion.

Courtney Cowden’s grand champion sold for $10 to Cheplic Packing Incorporation, up from $6.50 last year.

Tag’s Processing bought Shannon Miles’ reserve champion market hog for $3.75, down 75 cents from last year.

The 176 hogs sold at the auction brought in $77,970.83.

Small animal pens. Sheriff Larry Maggi and Commissioner Bracken Burns bought this year’s grand champion market rabbit pen again this year but for $275 less than last year.

They bought Brandon Shrader’s grand champion pen for $525.

Amy Barnes sold her reserve champion market rabbit pen to PM Auto Electric for $495, down $5 from last year.

Sixteen pens of rabbits sold for $4,145, with an average with champions of $259.06 a pen.

Maggi and Burns continued to support 4-H’ers and FFA members with their $510 purchase of Brandon Banfield’s grand champion chicken pen.

George Locy sold his reserve champion pen for $360 to Horstman Concessions.

Five pens of chickens sold for a total of $1,295, and the average with champions was $259.

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