Harrisburg – The annual Sale of Champions marks the conclusion of the youth market livestock shows at the Farm Show. The Grand Champions and Reserve Grand Champions of the four livestock species – beef, swine, goats, and sheep- totaled $44,900, topping last years total of $32,800.
Chester County 4-H’er, Bryce Fitzgerald earned a bid of $15,000 for his Grand Champion Junior Market Steer, “Nugent,” during this morning’s Sale of Champions at the 2009 PA Farm Show on Tuesday, Jan. 13. Hoss’s Steak and Sea House, a long-time Farm Show supporter, purchased the 1,360-pound champion.
The second-highest seller was the Reserve Grand Champion Junior Market Steer, exhibited by Claudia Hissong, of Greencastle, Franklin County. The 1,420-pound steer sold to Quality Greenhouses & Perennial Farms and Fulton Bank for $7,000.
Following closely behind the steer champions, the 267-pound Grand Champion Junior Market Swine, exhibited by Hannah Rohrer of Somerset, Pa., sold for $5,800 to Hatfield Quality Meats, a regular supporter of youth auctions across the State.
In the lamb sale, Garett Keith from Clymer, Indiana County, sold his 144-pound Grand Champion Junior Market Lamb to Alpine Building and Post Supply, for $4,900.
County Cowden, of Prosperity, Washington County, earned a new record for the highest-selling Grand Champion Junior Market Goat, in sale history. Fulton Bank, Bell & Evans Poultry, and Lebanon Valley Auction Company purchased the 89-pound market goat for $4,100.
Reserve Grand Champion Junior Market Swine, weighing in at 266-pounds, owned by Sean Gallagher of New Alexander, Westmoreland County was also purchased by Bell & Evans Poultry for $3,500.
The Reserve Grand Champion Junior Market Lamb brought in $2,200 from a bid by Westfield Insurance. Ashley Marshall of Creekside, Indiana County took the honor with her 95-pound market goat.
Proceeds generated from the Sale of Champions are used to help fund the Farm Show Scholarship Program. At least one percent of the gross sale receipts from each animal sold is contributed to the fund. In total, 428 animals were sold in this year’s sale, grossing $277,740.
This year, 23 youth scholarship winners were awarded $3,500, totaling $80,500. Since 1994, the Farm Show Scholarship Foundation has awarded more than $718,000 in scholarships to 319 students, from across the Commonwealth.
Before each species sold in the Sale of Champions, Outstanding 4-H Leader Awards were given to individuals representing species. The awards recognized those who volunteer their time to help motivate Pennsylvania youth to become strong leaders within their homes and communities.
Dr. Robert Mikesell, professor at The Pennsylvania State University and Junior Livestock Committee Chairperson, coordinated the application process and presented the awards.
Pennsylvania 4-H Swine Leader Award: David McCoy, Clymer, Indiana Co.
Pennsylvania 4-H Sheep Leader Award: Jean McClellan, Saegertown, Crawford Co.
Ira J. Coble Pennsylvania 4-H Beef Leader Award: Charles Porter, Elysburg, Columbia Co.
Pennsylvania 4-H Market Goat Leader Award: Nancy and Brady Kadunce, Corsica, Clarion, Co.
The Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, featuring nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 285 commercial exhibitors. The show runs Jan. 9-16 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex & Expo Center in Harrisburg. Admission is free and parking is $10. Visit www.farmshow.state.pa.us for details.
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