Junior Fair sale auctioneers bring in good livestock prices

FAIR ANIMAL — Sean Forrester, a two-year member of the Germano 4-H Club, brought a dairy calf to the Harrison County Fair. -- Esther McCoy

CADIZ — The 2021 Harrison County Junior Fair sale auctioneers coaxed some good prices for the livestock raised by 4-H and FFA members and were sold on Friday.

Only the grand and reserve champion livestock were brought into the sale arena for the bidding. John Birney, who watches the crowd for bids, again was at the sale that he has attended for years and was a part of as a 4-H member in his younger years. His son, Steve Birney was on the outside of the ring with his father watching for bidders. Another Birney, Billy, a professional auctioneer, was on the platform to get the bids from the floor. and a younger Birney made notice this year.

Neely Ryder, had the champion pen of two market lambs and took the reserve champion market lamb, along with being crowned princess of the royal court and assisting in the ring by handing out the winning banners with Abbi Keley, the queen. Cooper Koch of the Tri-County Showstoppers, was the prince.

A record was set for market turkeys, with a 40.2-pound bird and that was raised by Isabel Yeager of the Cadiz Ranchers 4-H named grand champion. Three buyers went together to purchase the grand champ, Dino Piergallini and Sons Equipment, Mario Piergallini and J&D Livestock made the purchase at $3,500, reaching a high in turkey bidding. Encino Energy was the buyer of the reserve turkey at $2,200, with Justin Ryder, Dusta Ryder and J-N-D livestock also in on the buying. Garrett Bossell of the Cadiz Ranchers raised the reserve turkey.

Grayden Sproull of the Freeport Friends raised the pen of two grand champion ducks, weighing 17.3 pounds and purchased by Woodsfield Savings Bank at $1,500, also a record price record. Buyers were Craig and Jocelyn Shaw, breeders, and Tracy and Helen Carpenter the buyers. Cameron Taylor raised the 15.4-pound rabbits and the buyers were Dave Jones, auctioneer, and Leroy Carpenter.

Ohio Valley Metal Roofing was the buyer of the pen of three market chickens raised by Garrell Bosssell and weighing 18.4 pounds for the trio. Ohio Valley Metal Roofing was the buyer at $1,800. Adrianna Blazesi of the Shamrock 4-H raised the 17.82-pound pen of three chickens with Owen Beetham the buyer at $1,800.

Ava Huffman of the Cadiz Ranchers 4-H raised the grand champion market goat which sold for $3,000 and was purchased by Dino Piergallini, Border Patrol and Willoughby. Jaiden Pelegreen of the Royal Riders had the reserve goat that set a record of $40 per pound and was purchased by Stuart Heavilin of the Harrison Soil and Water Conservation District. There were 99 market goats on the auction block.

There were 47 market lambs and a record of $40 per pound was set by Neely Ryder of the New Rumley 4-H Club,who was the junior fair princess and placed second in judging with the 126-pound lamb. Nora Jackson of the Royal Riders 4-H had the grand champion, outstanding exhibitor and market lamb show of shows and the buyer was Chris Vich of Wiligus and Co. at $30 per pound.

Market hogs were plentiful with 122 on sale. Rylee Pelegreen of the Royal Riders 4-H Club raised the 282-pound extra heavyweight market hog that brought $13 per pound and was bought by Paul, Bobbie and Leah Prevot. Grayden Sproull of Freeport Friends had the reserve market hog that brought $17.50 per pound and purchased by Jack and Kim Kelley of Jewett.

Leah Amaismeier of the Germano 4-H Club had the reserve champion dairy beef feeder that weighed 546 pounds and was purchased for $3 per pound by Dino Piergallini, Jeremey Yeager and Lauren Knight, Harrison County prosecutor.

Jace Madzia of the Hopedale Town and Country 4-H had the grand champion market beef steer that weighed 1,374 pounds and was in memory of Clyde Pickens and sold for $10 per pound to Dino Piergallini, Jeremy Teague and Chris Vich. Philip Kellar of the Hopedale Town and Country 4-H had the reserve 1,380-pound market beef that sold for $5 per pound to Michael Marshall, Eastern Construction and Excavating Inc. Steubenville.

Donations for the auction included livestock banners by Toland Trucking Inc. and Freeport Press; tumblers from D&E Electric; pens from the Harrison County Dairy board; orange sale committee shirts by Simmons Performance Products; and a meal for auctioneers, buyers and workers, by Christopher Springs Farm.


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