It was another record-setting day Saturday for the Junior Fair Livestock Sale at the Hardin County Fair.
Grand sales of all animals – which includes premiums paid to the youth as well as the market price of the animal – totaled $426,759, eclipsing the old mark of $382,484 set in 2011.
Total premiums set a record as buyers rewarded exhibitors with a total of $299,090, easily surpassing the previous high of $255,769 established a year ago.
Don Spar, sale chairman, said premiums awarded in the sale ring totaled $271,050. Afterward, buyers added another $28,040 in premiums which are not reflected in the bids made during the sale, he said.
The number of different sellers was up one from a year ago at 449. That is with the addition of the selling of four turkeys, a first for the sale. The number of buyers was 331, the same as in 2012. However, Spar said there were 43 new buyers this year replaced those who dropped out of the sale.
The sale of champion animals, in sale order, is as follows:
Shelby Rowe’s champion gilt was purchased for a record premium of $4,100 by a group that included Precision Strip, Becky’s Hybrids, Moser Oil, Michelle Harsh Ins. Agency, Ag Credit, Rohrs Farms, Dave Pfoff-Allen Tire, Land Tech, Foraker Elevator, R&K Farms, USV Lions, Hardin County Tractor Pullers and Quest Federal Credit Union. The old record was $3,200 in 2012. She is a member of Alger Junior Farmers.
Kaitlin Heberling’s champion barrow sold for a premium of $1,200 to Hensel Ready Mix. She is a member of Hardin County Wranglers.
Kylie Hites’ reserve champion gilt was purchased for a premium of $1,500 by Central Ohio Farmers Co-op, Peacock Water, Quest Federal Credit Union, Precision Strip, Alger Carryout, Alger Freeze, Ram’s Roost, Burgee Show Pigs, Colonial Golf Course, Linda and Doug Putnam, Nelson Insurance Agency, Hanson-Neely Funeral Home, Schindewolf Stevens Stout Funeral Home, Diamond-M Vet Clinic, Hair Studio 801, Jim and Jerry Hites and Rohrs Farms. She is a member of Alger Junior Farmers.
The reserve champion barrow exhibited by Brian Quillen, a member of Ada FFA, was purchased for $1,200 premium by McCullough Industries.
Mason Garmon of Riverdale FFA said his champion pen of three meat chickens for a premium of $1,200 to BVFC dba Legacy Farmers Cooperative, Hempy Water Conditioning, Robinson Fin Machines, Kenton Times, Community First Bank, WKTN, Kroger and Ace Hardware.
The reserve champion pen of three meat chickens, exhibited by Seth Kuhlman of High Flyers, was purchased for a $500 premium by Farmers Mutual Insurance.
Jackson Althauser of Lynn Valley Farmers sold his champion dairy beef feeder for a premium of $2,050 to McDonald’s, Kroger, Cliff Hite, Trupointe, Wyandot Tractor, Ace Hardware, Bill Hart, Liberty National Bank, Layman Farms LLP and Auction Service, Ag Credit, Land Tech, Community Markets and Hardin County Treasurer Denise Althauser.
Delaney Althauser of Lynn Valley Farmers sold her reserve champion dairy beef feeder for a premium of $1,900 to Hensel Ready Mix.
The symbolic gallon of milk to benefit dairy exhibitors brought a premium of $5,050. Sharing the premium are George Bauer, Joseph Bauer, Croft Bauer, Carter Bays, Makenzie Bays, Joy Boone, Callie Cromer, Meadow Cromer, Robin Feasel, Kenzie Kater, Clint Kitchen, Brandon Puff, Richard Puff, Dillon Rall, Demi Snyder, Caitlyn Stover, Taylor Weaver and Zachary Wedertz.
Madisyn Gossard of Liberty Belles and Boys sold her champion lamb for a record $3,600, eclipsing the old mark of $2,600 set in 2012. Buyers were Ron Wyss Terus Energy, Buckeye Soil, SVG, Cessna Transport, Joyce’s Caramel Apples, Courtyard Marriott – Lima, Majestic Plastics, Steve Stair, J&B Equipment, Brent Burris Trucking, Guyton Home Builders, Wyss Farm Holdings, Nickell Farms, 302 Carryout, L&M Concessions, Barb and Jim Ulrey, Gossard Farms, Gossard Lawn Service, Mary Ann Stair and Kenton Trucking.
Adam Wagner of Ridgemont FFA sold his reserve champion lamb for a premium of $1,000 to Kenton Truck and McCullough Industries.
Teja Hoge of Blanchard Pleasant Buckeyes sold her champion goat for a premium of $700 to the Mouse House and Dr. Kate Johnson.
Hoge then sold her reserve champion goat for a premium of $650 to Community First Bank and BVF dba Legacy Farmers Cooperative.
Molly Wilson of Blanchard Pleasant Buckeyes sold her champion steer for a record-tying premium of $4,650. It was purchased by Ag Credit, Beck’s Superior, Hybrid’s Aaron Hensel, Bill Hart, Land Tech, Buchenroth Excavating, Findlay Implement, Moser Oil, Wilson Tire, McDonald’s, Guardian Lima, Rodabaugh Farms, Rodabaugh Brothers Meats, Mt. Victory Meats and Wyandot Tractor.
Cameron Deckling of Hardin Northern FFA sold his reserve champion steer for a premium of $3,100. It was purchased by Root Lumber, McCullough-Hoffman Show Cattle, Golden Giant Buildings, Tice Construction, McCullough Industries, Liberty National Bank, Bill Hart, Crop Production Services-Dunkirk, Precision Strip, Royer Farms, Hepburn Feed and Supply and Farmers Mutual Insurance.
Kaden Parker of Scioto Valley 4-H sold his champion dairy steer for a premium of $600 to Silver Creek Supply.
Mitchell Jennings of Taylor Creek Lads and Lassies sold his reserve champion dairy steer for a record premium of $4,000 to Ag Credit, Hensel Ready Mix, Precision Strip, Circle R, McCullough Industries, Quest Federal Credit Union, K&B Feeds, Hardin County Tractor Pullers, Kroger, Robinson Fin Machines, McDonald’s, Ace Hardware, Oates Farms, Kale Marketing, Rowe Farms, Wilcox Farms and Steve Austin Auto Group. The previous record was $1,100 in 2012.
Miguel Jordan of Liberty Belles and Boys sold his champion pen of three rabbits for a record premium of $1,450 to SVG, Buckeye Soil, Beck’s Hybrids, Ada Buyers Group, Quest Federal Credit Union, Lowery Club Lambs, Foraker Elevator, Walmart, Ed Elliott-county commissioner, Kroger, High Farms LLC, Liberty National Bank, McMurray/Pfeiffer and Steve Austin.
Shaye Creamer of Country Timers sold her reserve champion pen of three rabbits for $ 650 to McCullough Industries, Kenton Truck and Hardin Motors.
Skyler Lotz of Lynn Valley Farmers sold his champion turkey for a premium of $750 to Ag Credit, Hensel Ready Mix, Precision Strip, Circle R, McCullough Industries, Quest Federal Credit Union, K&B Feeds, Hardin County Tractor Pullers, Kroger, Robinson Fin Machines, McDonald’s, Ace Hardware, Oates Farms, Kale Marketing, Rowe Farms, Wilcox Farms and Steve Austin Auto Group.
Caralee Stover of Ada Barnyard Farmers sold her reserve champion turkey for a premium of $300 to Cessna Transport.
By TIM THOMAS