Quality beats quantity while milk, ducks bring as much as top pig and goat

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The 2017 Ohio County 4-H Fair came to a close on Friday, June 30th with the annual Livestock Auction and Pork Chop BBQ.

The week long judging of the fair brought rave reviews by judges of all species that there was not a quantity of animals but quality.

The grand champion steer was sold by Lura Little and brought a premium of $1700 from Bar-Tie Reinforcing. Riley Chipman’s reserve champion was bought by Bear Branch Supply for $2200.

The grand champion market goat sold by Alayna Walcott went for $1100 to Lischkge Motors with the reserve of Allison Steele bought by Southeastern REMC for $950.

James Bounds was flying high as Aurora Farm and Garden, Kennett Truck Stop and Kennett Oil combined to purchase his grand champion ducks for $1000. The reserve waterfowl sold by Jana Birmingham went to Hagg Ford for $800.

Nathan Kappes paraded a basket of milk, cookies and other treats as the symbolic grand champion dairy winner. It sold for $1050 to Sugar Branch Farms, just $50 less than the top pig, goat and ducks.

Owen Markland’s grand champion lamb sold for $700 to Aurora Tire and Dan Monroe Excavating and Hauling while Ethan Markland’s reserve went to Markland Funeral Home for $650.

The champion dairy goat basket of Brandon Birmingham went to Fresh Wave Products by OMI for $600. Kora Powell’s reserve was bought by Rising Sun Vet Clinic for $650.

Lillie Davis sold the grand champion chickens for $450 to Car Country.

Ruby Thompson had the grand champion rabbits bought by Bear Branch Supply for $500. Shealyn Bell’s reserve rabbits went for $400 to Ohio County Democrats.

A total 71 animals sold but the complete auction total and list of buyers was not available at press time. Look for more results and buyers in next week’s paper.

The final competition of the fair saw Zander Gilb earning the senior showmanship.