Buyers beef it up to shatter auction record

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The 2017 Switzerland County 4-H Fair came to a close with the annual livestock auction on Saturday afternoon at the Switzerland County Fairgrounds.

The sale brought in a record $148,275 more than $50,00 over last year’s total of $95,140.07 and above the previous record of $125,225 set in 2000.

There were a total of 173 animals sold, up from 152 animals a year ago. And three reserve champions didn’t sell.

Halle Archer’s grand champion sheep bought by Zimmer Tractor, Chandler Chevrolet and Chandler Select for $2500. She had the reserve champion but could not sale more than one sheep. Last year’s grand champion sold for $725 and Macy Collier’s reserve champion went for $800 with this year’s total well over last year’s combine total of $1575. There were 15 sheep sold at a total of $12,275.

There were 23 beef projects (up from 15 a year ago). Macy Collier had this year’s champion steer which was bought by Chandler Chevrolet and Chandler Select for $4000. Halle Archer had the reserve champion steer bought by McAlister Excavating and RS Home Sales for $3500. Steers brought in $55,800.

There were 45 goats and received $2625 including Mallory Phagan’s grand champion bought by GEI Fluids for $950. She had the reserve champion also.

There were 45 swine sold including Paige Works’ grand champion bought by Reuter Crop Insurance for $2800. Courtney Higgins had the reserve champion bought by Rising Sun Vet Clinic for $900.

There were 16 poultry exhibitors with Andrew Romans selling the grand champion to Car Country, Tom Tepe, sand Barnie for $925, nearly double what he received a year ago.. Romans was the third 4-Her to have reserve champion also. The total for the project was $7125.

There were 22 rabbits sold. Leah Anders’ grand champion was bought by Hummel Insurance Vevay and MainSource Bank for $650. Alanna Taylor’s reserve champion went for $450 to Crop Insurance Services. The rabbit total was $6075.

Natalie Newman’s grand champion dairy was bought by Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home for $600. Reserve champion Zach Weaver received $400 from the Switzerland County Republican Party. The total dairy income was $2800.