Grand champion steer gets record $7000; posters bring in over $10,000 at 4-H auction

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Being persistent you can’t be steered wrong.

Ohio County 4-Her Chad Wagner learned that lesson and was rewarded as his steer was chosen grand champion for the second straight year at the 2015 Ohio County 4-H Fair.

Not only did he win back to back titles but he had a near sweep of the beef show. His grand champion won the homegrown award. He showed the champion crossbred heifer and added grand and reserve champion heifer, champion homegrown heifer and champion cow/calf.

Whitney Chipman had the reserve champion steer for the second straight year while Jacob Schmerr had the grand champion Simmental heifer and Nathan Kappes the reserve champion. TJ Manifold had reserve champion cow/calf. Chipman earned senior showmanship with her sister Riley intermediate showman and Ethan Markland rookie showman.

The big payoff for Wagner was at the Livestock Auction on Friday.

His steer sold for a record $7000 purchased by Jay Meyers.

Although he won in 2014, he was unable to sale because he failed to attend the required club meetings.

That motivated him to finish his 4-H career on a high note but he never expected the big payday.

His 1313 pound steer was the biggest and best.

Wagner was one of a dozen 4-H members in their final year including Chipman, the fair queen, who added the grand champion market lamb to her trophy case.

Her champion sheep went for $1200.

Justin Green had the reserve champion lamb and Sarah Steele showed the homegrown lamb. Steele was senior showman and Emma Davis intermediate showman.

The auction brought in $73,487 with $60,025 in bids and $13,462 in appraisals for 75 projects including 15 posters of poultry and waterfowl.

Logan Lozier’s poultry photos went for $1500 as he plans to enter the Navy later this month.

The swine project brought in $16,875 for 20 exhibitors. Only four beef sold but brought in $12,350 followed by market goat at $8250.

Despite not allowing poultry animals at the fair because of a bird flu threat, the poultry posters were the fourth best project with, bringing in $7725. Three waterfowl posters went for $2450 to add up to $10,175 in posters.

Sheep sold for $5400 followed by rabbits at $4575, dairy goat baskets $1700 and dairy cow basket $700.

Emma Powell showed the reserve champion dairy goat in her final show while her sister Kora had the grand champion dairy and market goats. Julia Hon was reserve champ with market goats.

“It was a very good auction,” fairboard president Andy Scott declared. “The buyers were very supportive. Selling posters, I didn’t think would go over near as well. They sold as well or better than live animals.

“Our fundraisers went real well for two rainy days. The crowd was a little thin Friday night. The grounds worked out well for seven days of rain. No animals died. No injuries. No animals running through town. Overall it was an excellent fair.”

Scott expressed thanks to the Rotary Club for their continued help during the livestock auction, although the Ohio County Youth Development, Inc. took charge of the finances this year.