By Carol McIntire
Bidders at the July 24 Carroll County Jr. Fair Large Animal Sale took the words of Auctioneer Geno Kiko to heart. Kiko encouraged the crowd to look at the board posted on the wall inside the metal barn which includes the record price for each species, the year the record was set, the seller and the buyer. “These records are meant to be broken,” Kiko said. “Each year we try to increase that record by at least a small amount.” Buyers heeded his words and, in some cases, set new marks that nearly doubled the old record. When the night was over, 10 new records had been established. Leading the way was grand champion hog, which set a new record almost double the previous mark.
Logan Trbovich, who told the crowd this is his last year in 4-H, received $36 per pound for his 278-pound champion. The old record of $19 per pound was set last year. The hog was purchased by a “syndicate” comprised of Parker Farms, Paris and Washington Insurance and Dr. John Walters. The 194-pound champion hog carcass, owned by Matthew Borland, sold for $29 per pound to Gateway Royalty. The price more than doubled the old mark of $14 per pound set last year. Buyers also paid record prices for the grand champion steer, reserve champion steer, grand champion steer carcass, reserve champion hog carcass, grand champion dairy beef feeder, reserve champion dairy beef feeder, grand champion lamb and reserve champion
lamb. The sale, comprised of 198 steers, hogs, lambs and dairy beef feeders and five dairy product baskets, totaled $376,050.55.
STEERS A syndicate comprised of D&J Sales, J&R Farms (John and Ruth Davis), Kim Davis Nationwide Insurance Agency, All American Scales, Dr. John Walters and Gerber and Sons purchased Allison Davis’ 1,328-pound grand champion steer for a record price of $11 per pound. The old record of $10 was set in 2014. Joseph Moody’s 1,338-pound reserve champion steer was purchased by Paris and Washington Insurance for a record price of $5.25 per pound. The previous record of $5 per pound was set in 2012. Gateway Royalty paid a record $5.75 for Andrew Lane’s 765-pound grand champion carcass. The previous record of $5 per pound was set in 2014. Don’s Custom Meats paid $4 per pound for Bailey McKarns’ 764-pound reserve champion carcass which tied the previous record set in 2011. Overall, the 34 steers which sold averaged $3.29 per pound with the champion prices included and $2.86 without the champions. The steer sale totaled $135,171.30.
HOGS D&J Sales of Cadiz purchased Allison Davis’ 278-pound reserve champion hog for $9 per pound. The record of $19 per pound was set in 2014. Gateway Royalty purchased Matthew Borland’s 194-pound champion carcass hog for a record price of $29 per pound. The previous record of $13 per pound was set in 2014. J. Hawk Water Services of Carrollton paid a record $15 per pound for Evan Days; 194-pound reserve champion carcass hog. The previous record of $11 per pound was set in 2012. Selling price for the 100 hogs were sold during sale totaled $127,456.50. They averaged $4.22 per pound without the champion prices included and $4.94 per pound with
the champion prices included.
DAIRY BEEF FEEDERS Kiester Equipment of New Philadelphia and the Farmers Exchange purchased Evan Ferguson’s 684-pound champion dairy beef feeder. They paid a record price of $5 per pound, up $1 per pound from the previous record of $4 set in 2009. Evan’s sister, Lynden, received $6.25 per pound for her 708-pound reserve champion dairy beef feeder from Ace Portable Restrooms and Sunland Construction. The price beat the previous record of $6 per pound set in 2014. A total of 39 dairy beef feeders wer
e sold during the sale totaling $67,816. They averaged $2.95 per pound with the champion prices included and $2.80 per pound without the champion prices included.
LAMBS The record setting momentum carried through the end of sale as 25 lambs sold for a total of $22,606.76. Kory Host received a record $33 per pound for his 144-pound champion lamb from Gateway Royalty. The previous record of $31 per pound was set in 2013. All-American Scales and Damascus Livestock Auction teamed up and paid a record price for Travis Johnson’s 137-pound reserve champion lamb. The price broke the previous record for the reserve champion of $24 per pound set in 2013. Don’s Custom Meat, Ace Roll Off and Ace Portable Restrooms purchased Jacob Winn’s 68-pound champion lam carcass for $17 per pound. Myers Tin Shop paid $16 per pound for Ryan Worth’s 56-pound reserve champion carcass. The lambs averaged $4.18 per pound without the champion prices included and jumped to $7.43 per pound with the champion prices included. DAIRY
BASKETS Five dairy product baskets that included a rocking cow (instead of a rocking horse) sold for a total of $23,000. The money will be divided among 16 youth who took dairy projects. The baskets were purchased by the Neider Family, Kiko family, Eleanor Ocel, Dan and Cathy Shawver and Jay Hawk Water Service.