More than 308 animals up for sale at Fayette Livestock Auction
Approximately 308 animals went up for sale at the 2013 Fayette County Livestock Auction on Friday.
This year marked the fourth grand champion for Scott Gardner, 17, of Grindstone, who has been participating in 4-H for 10 years.
Gardner's 1,290-pound market steer was sold to Jamieson Shop ‘n Save at $11 per pound, totaling $14,190.
Gardner said there's no big secret to raising a grand champion. It involves finding a good steer, feeding it right and working hard, which he doesn't mind at all.
“I enjoy every single minute of it,” he said, adding he never thought when he first started 4-H that he would have that much success.
While Gardner is not looking forward to next year being his last year in 4-H, he said he will continue to show pigs across the country for the next few years and might like to be an animal breeder after college.
“I'd like to stay involved as much as I can,” he said.
The 1,330-pound reserve grand champion steer of Jessica Butler of Dawson was purchased by Bill's Bit Service at $5 a pound, totaling $6,650.
Morgan Hollowood, 18, of Dawson had a particularly memorable fair.
Not only did she have the grand champion market swine, but was also crowned the Fayette County Fair Queen.
“Not at all, did I think this would happen,” she said after she sold her 277-pound swine to Ciacie Energy for $25 a pound, totaling $6,925. “It's been fantastic since the beginning (of the fair).”
Hollowood, who's been in 4-H for nine years with one more year to go, also showed and sold a lamb and a steer this year.
For Hollowood, the swine was the most difficult of the three animals, but her first grand champion title made the hassle worthwhile.
Even though her two titles were a highlight of this year's fair, Hollowood said it was the simple things that made it memorable.
“I enjoyed spending time with my friends and family and showing,” she said.
The 265-pound reserve grand champion swine of Nicole Ainsley of Normalville was purchased by Harry's Custom Meats for $12.50 a pound, totaling $3,312.50.
Friday's auction kicked off with the sale of the 90-pound grand champion market goat of Nick Gardner, 15, of Grindstone, an eight-year 4-H member.
This year was Nick Gardner's first year showing a goat at the Fayette County Fair. He has won grand champion for steers and pigs in the past. He is the brother of Scott Gardner.
His goat was sold to Joe Hardy at $50 a pound, totaling $4,500.
“I was extremely surprised,” Nick Gardner said.
Based on the success of his goat project this year, Nick Gardner, who also showed a lamb, pig and steer this year, said he will absolutely show a goat next year. He favors raising and showing goats second to raising pigs.
He will also show a goat and pig at this year's state farm.
And as for raising and showing goats, pigs, steers or any animal, Nick Gardner said there's no big secret.
“You start with a good one, work your butt off and hope for the best,” he said.
The 84-pound reserve grand champion market goat of Jaden Bushmire of Connellsville was sold to C&C Services for $7 a pound, totaling $588.
The 137-pound grand champion market lamb of Tiffany Johnson, 15, of Melcroft was sold to Joe Hardy for $16 a pound for a total of $2,192.
Johnson, who has been in 4-H for seven years, had reserve grand champions for the last two years and this year showed that the third time was a charm with her first grand champion.
“It feels pretty good,” she said. Since she joined 4-H, she always wanted to have a grand champion lamb and would watch how the grand champion winners would show their animals to learn how to show hers better.
Johnson said she didn't do anything different this year with her lamb and doesn't plan on doing anything different for the lambs, and only lambs, she's going to show in the future.
“Lambs are the only thing I show,” she said. “Lambs are easier.”
The 129-pound reserve grand champion market lamb of Gina Shaffer of White was sold to Perry Stone LLC at $30 a pound, totaling $3,870.
Mark Hofmann is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-626-3539 or firstname.lastname@example.org.