SMITHFIELD - Just as in 2013, Brandon DeFrank, a member of the Wildwood Critters 4-H Club, took grand champion honors with his 1,345-pound market steer at the Jefferson County Junior Fair livestock sale held Saturday.
The price was up from $4.75 per pound last year to $5, with the Larsen family, owners of Thrifty Car Rental at 1534 Sunset Blvd., Steubenville, as the buyers. Clyde and Kelley Larsen had their grandchildren, Khloee, Marlee and Haylee Tolley, at the sale for the bidding process as well.
Gage Robinson, a Wildwood Critters club member, had the reserve champion market steer, following in the footsteps of his brother, Chris Robinson, with champion steers. The buyer was Curry Drilling, which paid $4.75 per pound for the 1,278-pound steer.
CHAMPION?STEER — The Jefferson County Junior Fair grand champion market steer was raised by Brandon DeFrank of the Wildwood Critters 4-H Club. The steer weighed 1,345 pounds and was purchased for $5 per pound by Thrifty Car Rental in Steubenville. On hand during the lifestock sale Saturday were, from left, Sara Waggoner, fair princess; Rebecca Rector, queen; Kelley Larsen, holding Khloee and Marlee Tolley; Gary Cain, auctioneer; Clyde Larsen, holding Haylee, buyer; Brad Cain; Ryan Wood, king; and DeFrank. --- Esther McCoy
CHAMPION HOG — Hayden Johnson, a Dusty Boots Livestock 4-H Club member, raised the grand champion market hog in the Jefferson County Junior Fair livestock sale Saturday. M&M Hardware was the buyer at $7 per pound. On hand were, front, from left, Ryan Wood, fair king; Sara Waggoner, princess; Hayden Johnson; Scott Campbell, buyer; Delaney Johnson, sister; Rebecca Rector, queen; and Kathryn Whinnery, Ohio Fairs’ queen: and back, Gary Cain and Rick Sponhaltz, auctioneers. --- Esther McCoy
Mackenzie Orban, a Free Spirits club member, had the county's best bred grand champion with a steer weighing 1,242 pounds. Michael Marshall was buyer at $4.75.
Bailey Harris, Wildwood Critters member, had the county's best bred reserve champion, weighing 1,301 pounds and purchased by TEAM Automotive at $3.75.
Makayla Marko, a Denim 'n' Dust club member, had the champion rate of gain steer, weighing 1,378 pounds and purchased by Allen Oil at $3.75.
There were nine market steers on the auction block this year, the same amount as last year.
Colby Smith, a Purple Circle club member, raised the grand champion dairy feeder calf. Water Transport of Bloomingdale was the buyer at $2.20 per pound, and Rebecca Rector, Windy Ridge 4-H, had the reserve champion, with Jefferson Landmark the buyer at $2.80 per pound.
The market hogs were as numerous this year as in 2013, when there were 142 pigs that went to auction. This year there the number was 152.
The grand champion market hog was raised by Hayden Johnson, a Dusty Boots Livestock member. M&M Hardware made the purchase for $7 per pound for the 272-pound hog. His sister, Delaney, had the reserve champion in 2013.
Juliana King, a Free Spirits member, had the 251-pound reserve champion with Mike Kuester of Water Transport the buyer at $5 per pound.
The 277-pound hog raised by Kathryn Whinnery, Ohio Fairs' queen, was purchased by the "Friends of Kathryn," namely Jim Bolock and Russ Whinnery at $10 per pound. The sale money was donated to the 4-H building fund.
Hayden Johnson captured the grand champion honors for the market lambs as well. His 135-pound lamb was sold to M&M Hardware for $11 per pound, higher than the $7.25 price in 2013.
Rachael Cline, a Country Classics member, had the reserve champion market lamb weighing 147 pounds. The buyer was D&J Sales and Service at $7 per pound.
Madison Moore, a Country Classics member, raised the 77-pound grand champion goat that sold for $475 to Carrollton Farmers Exchange and the reserve champion market goat weighing 58 pounds that was purchased by Chesapeake Electric for $325. They donated their purchases back with the money to go to the 4-H fund.
The market turkey grand champion was Paul Molinaro, Country Classics 4-H member, with Chesapeake Electric making the purchase at $525, higher than the $325 bid of last year. He had the reserve champion as well, with state Rep. Jack Cerra, D-Bellaire, the buyer at $325. The turkey category was dominated by the Molinaro brothers, with Anthony and Nicolas having turkey entries as well. Emily Lamantia, a Country Classics member, was the lone non-relative.
The grand champion pen of three fryer rabbits was raised by Owen Long, a Lassos and Lace member, and purchased for $450 by Ron Ferguson.
Jordan Vance, a Ridge Hoppers member, and the most outstanding rabbit exhibitor, had the reserve champion rabbits with Chesapeake Electric the buyer at $200 for the pen of three.
The pen of two meat ducks grand champion was Kyrsten Mazzaferro, a Lucky Leaf Livestock member, with Off the Wall Signs as the buyer at $450. The reserve champion was Glory Dami, a Lucky Leaf Livestock member, with Chesapeake Energy the buyer at $400 and $150 in 2013.
Bethanie Bube, Bits and Pieces member, had the grand champion pen of three meat chickens, with Chesapeake Energy the buyer at $400. She had the reserve champions that were purchased by Williamson's Progressive Tire at $200.
Gary W. Cain Realty and Auctioneers and his staff were present for the livestock sale. He has been volunteering for the youth of the county since 1956. Rick Sponhaltz, Harry Grafton, Sam Clark, Steve Birney and John Birney were the team members.
(McCoy can be contacted at email@example.com.)