Harrisburg – The Sale of Champions kicked off the Junior Livestock Sale Tuesday, Jan. 10, at the 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show, with grand and reserve champion lambs, pigs, steers and goats sold to the highest bidders, bringing $35,200.
Center stage stood Stetson, the 1,315-pound Grand Champion Market Steer bred and owned by Lindsay Upperman, 19, of Chambersburg, Franklin County. When the gavel dropped, Hoss’s Steak and Sea House, a longtime supporter of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Market Livestock Sale, won the top bid of $10,500.
Jacob Diamond, 19, of Smithfield, Fayette County, exhibited the Grand Champion Market Goat that sold to New Holland Sales Stables for $2,400.
Hayden Demniak, 11, of Carmichaels, Greene County, sold his Grand Champion Market Lamb for $3,000 to New Holland Sales Stables.
Hatfield Quality Meats purchased the Grand Champion Market Hog, owned by Austin Wivell of Smock, Fayette County, for $4,200.
Chris McCauley of Atglen, Chester County, sold his Reserve Grand Champion Steer to John Rock Inc. for $6,000.
Fulton Bank, Bell & Evans Poultry and Lebanon Valley Auction Services collaborated to purchase Alix Hochard’s Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb for $2,700. Hochard is from Somerset, Somerset County.
The Reserve Grand Champion Market Goat, owned by Madison McKinley, was sold to Bedford Ford and Bedford Chrysler for $2,200.
Rounding out the Sale of Champions was Abigail Wright and her Reserve Grand Champion Market Hog, which was auctioned off to Saubel’s Market for $4,200.
The total gross for the sale was $281,977.52 for 420 animals.
Prior to the sale, 26 youth were presented with $91,000 in scholarships. The Sale of Champions helps to fund a portion of the scholarships along with generous donations from members of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Scholarship Foundation.
Outstanding 4-H leaders were honored during the livestock sale. Dr. Robert Mikesell, professor at Penn State University and junior livestock committee chairperson, coordinated the application process and presented the awards.
Ira J. Coble 4-H Beef Leader Award: Tina Loht, McClure, Mifflin County
Pennsylvania 4-H Sheep Leader Award: Roger and Nancy Bowman, Lenhartsville, Berks County
Pennsylvania 4-H Goat Leader Award: Brittney Bryer, Mill Run, Fayette County
Pennsylvania 4-H Swine Leader Award: Charlie Hall, Julian, Centre County
The 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show is the largest indoor agricultural event in the nation, featuring nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits and 300 commercial exhibitors. The show runs Jan. 7-14 at the Pennsylvania Farm Show Complex and Expo Center in Harrisburg. Admission is free and parking is $10. Visit www.farmshow.state.pa.us for details.
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