Sales up for fair auction; 4-H members excel with projects

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Buyers were spending a little more at this year’s Switzerland County 4-H Fair livestock auction.

Total sales dollars for the Switzerland County 4-H Fair were up this year after a drop one year ago. Total sales this year were $91,765 – an increase over last year’s figure of $86,745.

And Ginger Furnish, Switzerland County extension agent, said it was an overall good week for all of the 4-H’ers, who will be sending 103 projects to next month’s Indiana State Fair. “The quality of our projects and the quality of our livestock was outstanding,” she said.

The weather was hot throughout the fair week and Ginger Furnish said that may have affected attendance which was down from previous years. “It was hot for the animals and it was hot for the workers, but everyone worked together well and the animals were well taken care of,” she said.

Also, Switzerland County 4-H’ers shined with not only their outstanding projects, but with their outstanding character. “The judges talked about how well-behaved and well-mannered they were,” Ginger Furnish said. And all of them “continue to make positive progress in all areas.”

She’s seeking input from people in the community about “what areas we need to improve on with the fair. We’re open to constructive criticism” and listening to the community for their thoughts about the fair.

Hilltop Basic Resources purchased this year’s Grand Champion Steer for $2,600 from Clay Althoff. Lauren Rose’s Reserve Grand Champion Steer went for $1,650 to Herb Kinman Chevrolet and RS Home Sales. There were 16 steers in this year’s fair that sold for an overall total of $26,375 – an average price of $1,648.44. That’s a slight bit less than last year’s overall total of $27,125.

Sue Barlow’s Grand Champion Dairy was purchased by a group of 11 buyers including Mardale Vet Service, Carroll County Animal Clinic, Laughery Valley Ag Co-Op Inc., Moore’s Milk Hauling, Larry’s Auto, MainSource Bank, Weaver Dairy, Bowling Farm Equipment, Reuter Crop Insurance, Brown’s Farm and Bob’s Tack Shop. They paid a total of $1,200. Josh Hon’s Reserve Grand Champion Dairy was sold for $625 to Herb Kinman Chevrolet and RS Home Sales. There were seven dairy projects that sold for a total of $3,525 – an average price of $503.57. That’s an increase over last year’s total of $2,575.

There were 36 goats sold this year – the most of the livestock in the fair. Tobie McClurg’s Grand Champion Goat was sold to Ken Roberts and Delta Faucet Company for $650. Ironically, Southeastern Indiana REMC paid more for the Reserve Grand Champion, shown by Evan Peelman, at $775. The total sold was $20,025, an increase from last year’s total of $15,575. Average purchase price was also up. Buyers averaged $556.25 per goat this year. Last year the average was $420.95.

Bowling Farm Equipment and Bob’s Tack Shop bought this year’s Grand Champion Poultry for $425 from Nathan Romans. Aurora Tire Center paid $375 for Reserve Grand Champion, shown by Hannah Romans. Buyers spent a total of $3,125 on poultry – less than last year’s total of $4,400. The 11 poultry sold for an average price of $284.09.

James Bare had this year’s Grand Champion Rabbit, purchased by Friendship State Bank for $550. Desirae Griffin sold her Reserve Grand Champion Rabbit to Delta Faucet Company for $350. The total sold for rabbits was $7,415 – a slight decrease from last year’s figure of $8,295. There were 32 rabbits sold for an average purchase price of $231.72, a decrease over last year’s total of $331.80.

Both the Grand Champion Sheep and Reserve Grand Champion Sheep were sold for $725. Haag Ford Sales bought the Grand Champion from Tobie McClurg. River House B&G and Granny’s bought the Reserve Grand Champion from Kaitlyn Hall. The total selling price for sheep was $7,125, a slight decrease from last year’s total of $7,550. The average price for the 15 sheep was $475.

Switzerland County Auditor Rachel Schuler bought this year’s Grand Champion Swine for $1,400 from Ryan Sullivan. Tinker Equipment bought the Reserve Grand Champion Swine for $950 from Micah Works. There were 31 swine sold this year with the total sold at $24,175, an increase from the 2009 figure of $21,225. Average selling price this year was $779.84 compared to last year’s average of $684.68.

The volume buyer was again Haskell and Morrison Funeral Home.

The auctioneers were Robert Mathews and Rick Keeton. The appraiser was Cox Livestock of Versailles. Eric Cole ran the livestock program.