4-H auction brings in $95,140.07 with top steer and pig not selling

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The 2016 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 $95,140.07 which was down from last year’s $100,300. Two big reasons for the lower amount were Dakota Richards and Hailey Gerster did not sell their grand champion steer and pig. It was Gerster’s third straight swine champion. There were a total of 152 animals on the sale bill.

The show opened with Halle Archer’s grand champion sheep being bought by Southeastern Indiana REMC for $725. Macy Collier’s reserve champion was purchased for $800 by Chandler Chevrolet. There were 14 sheep sold.

There were 15 beef projects for sale after Richards chose not to sale. She had the champion a year ago also. Reserve champion Braydon Archer received $3000 from Struckman Ford.

Richards was one of 44 exhibitors to sale a goat and received $1300 from Bar-Tie Reinforcing for her grand champion. Reserve champion Mallory Phagan received $1000 from Car Country Barnie.

There were 39 swine sold including Lane Penick’s reserve champion which brought $3750. It was bought by Don Andrew of Aurora Tire Center. Andrew was the volume buyer of the auction. The poultry exhibitors were able to sale this year. Last year, chickens were banned from the fair by the State Department of Health and a threat of bird influenza. There were 11 exhibitors with Andrew Romans selling the grand champion to Car Country Barnie for $500. Andrew Garland’s reserve champion was bought by Anderson Sales and Service for $450.

There were 22 rabbits sold. Leah Anders’ grand champion was bought by SEI Communications for $500. MainSource Bank bought Raymond Westerkamm’s reserve champion for $425.

Natalie Newman’s grand champion dairy was bought by Bowling Farm Equipment for the second straight year for $900. Reserve champion Janalynn Hon received $750 from Carroll County Animal Clinic.

The auction would not be possible without the volunteering of auctioneers Denny Brown, Jesse Yoder and Rick Timberlake.