4-H auction brings in $100,300 down from near record prices of 2014


The 2015 Switzerland County 4-H Fair came to a close with the annual livestock auction on a hot, sweltering Saturday afternoon at the Switzerland County Fairgrounds.

The sale brought in $100,300 down from $113,000 from 2014 (second highest ever). One reason for the drop could be the poultry project. Chickens were banned from the fair by the State Department of Health and a threat of bird influenza.

There were 27 exhibitors who auctioned off flowers (instead of animals) bringing in $4575. Neighboring Ohio County 4-Hers auctioned off their project posters for nearly $10,000 with most going for more than $500. The average price of the Switzerland County 4-hers poultry project was $169.44.

Otherwise, swine brought in the most with 46 pigs totaling $34,225. Hailey Gerster sold the grand champion for the second straight year at a price of $800. It was purchased by Friendship State Bank and Brown Farm Implements. Casper Stow sold the reserve champion for $600 to GEI Fluids. The average was $744.02.

There were only 11 beef projects for sale but they brought in $28,400 including $3000 to Dakota Richards for her grand champion, purchased by RS Homes (Rod and Sue Dickerson). Reserve champion Kelli Hart received $2700 from Riley Gasper Crop Insurance. The average steer sold for $2581.92.

The 36 goats brought in $15,975 with Talen Taylor’s grand champion going for $725 to Romans Family Farms, Gobble and Grunt Taxidermy and Eating Seasonally CSA. Dakota Richards sold the reserve champion for $625 to the Switzerland County Republican party and Jerry and Lisa Fischer. The average price was $443.75.

There were 32 rabbits sold, netting $7675. Max Anders’ grand champion was bought by Craig Toyota for $400. Heritage Hill Farms bought Michael Proffet’s reserve champion for $400. The average price was $239.84.

Six dairy projects brought in $3550 with Natalie Newman’s grand champion bought by Bowling Farm Equipment for $700. Reserve champion Levi Baker received $600 from Cole Tax Service, Stephanie L. Furnish CPA along with Rob and Cheryl Furnish. The average was $591.67.

A total of 13 sheep sold for $6000. Jaclyn Hart (2015 Miss Switzerland County) sold the grand champion to GEI Fluids for $750. Halle Archer’s reserve champion did not sale and will be shown at the Indiana State Fair.

Auctioneers were Jeff Ferguson and Jessie Yoder. Volume Buyer was Chandler Chevrolet & Chandler Select.