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Westmoreland Junior Livestock Sale raises money for 4-H youth

Marilyn Forbes | for the Daily Courier - Three Rivers Marine and Benbilt from Latrobe were the buyers of Joey Espey’s 1,340-pound Grand Champion Market Steer for $5.25 a pound. From left are Chas King; Joey Espey; 9-year-old twins Jackson and Abby Shearer of Three Rivers Marine; and 2013 Westmoreland Fair Queen Hattie Henderson.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Marilyn Forbes  |  for the Daily Courier</em></div>Three Rivers Marine and Benbilt from Latrobe were the buyers of Joey Espey’s 1,340-pound Grand Champion Market Steer for $5.25 a pound. From left are Chas King; Joey Espey; 9-year-old twins Jackson and Abby Shearer of Three Rivers Marine; and 2013 Westmoreland Fair Queen Hattie Henderson.
Marilyn Forbes | for the Dai;y Courier - The Ansell family of Acme and Somerset purchased the 1,290-pound Reserve Grand Champion Market Steer for $4 a pound from Colton Zundel, 16. From left are Hannah Zundel, 19; Andy Ansell of Acme; Colton Zundel; 2013 Westmoreland Fair Princess Hannah Dillon; and Jarrod Ansell of Somerset.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Marilyn Forbes  |  for the Dai;y Courier</em></div>The Ansell family of Acme and Somerset purchased the 1,290-pound Reserve Grand Champion Market Steer for $4 a pound from Colton Zundel, 16. From left are Hannah Zundel, 19; Andy Ansell of Acme; Colton Zundel; 2013 Westmoreland Fair Princess Hannah Dillon; and Jarrod Ansell of Somerset.
Marilyn Forbes | for the Daily Courier - The Grand Champion Market Hog, owned by Colton Zundel, 16, was purchased by Joe Espey of Scottdale for $11 a pound. From left are Hannah Zundel, 19; Colton Zundel, 16; Joe Espey; and 2013 Westmoreland Fair Queen Hattie Henderson.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Marilyn Forbes  |  for the Daily Courier</em></div>The Grand Champion Market Hog, owned by Colton Zundel, 16, was purchased by Joe Espey of Scottdale for $11 a pound. From left are Hannah Zundel, 19; Colton Zundel, 16; Joe Espey; and 2013 Westmoreland Fair Queen Hattie Henderson.
Marilyn Forbes | for the Daily Courier - Chase Logan, 16, of Greensburg received $20 a pound for his Reserve Grand Champion Market Hog from his mother who purchased it. From left are Renee Logan; Addie and Emma Heeter, 8; Chase Logan; and 2013 Westmoreland Fair Princess Hannah Dillon.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Marilyn Forbes  |  for the Daily Courier</em></div>Chase Logan, 16, of Greensburg received $20 a pound for his Reserve Grand Champion Market Hog from his mother who purchased it. From left are Renee Logan; Addie and Emma Heeter, 8; Chase Logan; and 2013 Westmoreland Fair Princess Hannah Dillon.
Marilyn Forbes | for the Daily Courier - Dontae Boggio, 16, of New Alexandria sold his Grand Champion Market Goat for $6.50 a pound. From left are (front) Lane Sosko, 5; Boggio; 2013 Westmoreland Fair Queen Hattie Henderson; (back) buyers Dick Bishop and Roger Young of ETO Energy. The goat was donated back.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Marilyn Forbes  |  for the Daily Courier</em></div>Dontae Boggio, 16, of New Alexandria sold his Grand Champion Market Goat for $6.50 a pound. From left are (front) Lane Sosko, 5; Boggio; 2013 Westmoreland Fair Queen Hattie Henderson; (back) buyers Dick Bishop and Roger Young of ETO Energy. The goat was donated back.
Marilyn Forbes | for the Daily Courier - Rod Hojat of Uniontown and Southwest Women’s Healthcare purchased Colton Zundel’s Reserve Grand Champion Market Goat for $8 a pound. From left are Hannah Zundel, 19; Colton Zundel, 16; and Hojat.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Marilyn Forbes  |  for the Daily Courier</em></div>Rod Hojat of Uniontown and Southwest Women’s Healthcare purchased Colton Zundel’s Reserve Grand Champion Market Goat for $8 a pound. From left are Hannah Zundel, 19; Colton Zundel, 16; and Hojat.
Marilyn Forbes | for the Daily Courier - Brian Kelly of the Pennsylvania Grain Processing LLC in Clearfield purchased Colton Zundel’s Grand Champion Market Lamb for $6 a pound. From left are Hannah Zundel, 19; Kelly; Colton Zundel, 16; and 2013 Westmoreland Fair Queen Hattie Henderson.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Marilyn Forbes  |  for the Daily Courier</em></div>Brian Kelly of the Pennsylvania Grain Processing LLC in Clearfield purchased Colton Zundel’s Grand Champion Market Lamb for $6 a pound. From left are Hannah Zundel, 19; Kelly; Colton Zundel, 16; and 2013 Westmoreland Fair Queen Hattie Henderson.
Marilyn Forbes | for the Daily Courier - Hannah Zundel’s Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb brought in a high bid of $30 a pound. From left are 2013 Westmoreland Fair Princess Hannah Dillon; Hannah Zundel, 19; and buyers Stacey Urbanik and Bill Shaw of Shaw’s Farms in New Alexandria.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Marilyn Forbes  |  for the Daily Courier</em></div>Hannah Zundel’s Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb brought in a high bid of $30 a pound. From left are 2013 Westmoreland Fair Princess Hannah Dillon; Hannah Zundel, 19; and buyers Stacey Urbanik and Bill Shaw of Shaw’s Farms in New Alexandria.
Marilyn Forbes | for the Daily Courier - Dayton Pitzer, 9, of Acme had a great morning as his Grand Champion Market Chickens went for $700 to the Giovannelli family of Gibsonia. From left are Dylan Pitzer, 6; Dayton Pitzer, 9; Nina Giovannelli; and 2013 Westmoreland Fair Princess Hannah Dillon.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Marilyn Forbes  |  for the Daily Courier</em></div>Dayton Pitzer, 9, of Acme had a great morning as his Grand Champion Market Chickens went for $700 to the Giovannelli family of Gibsonia. From left are Dylan Pitzer, 6; Dayton Pitzer, 9; Nina Giovannelli; and 2013 Westmoreland Fair Princess Hannah Dillon.
Marilyn Forbes | for the Daily Courier - Emma Huber, 9, of Derry sold her trio of Reserve Grand Champion Market Chickens to Westmoreland Clerk of Courts Bryan Kline, who then donated them back. From left are Emma and Addie Heeter, 8; Kline; Emma Huber; and 2013 Westmoreland Fair Queen Hattie Henderson.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Marilyn Forbes | for the Daily Courier</em></div>Emma Huber, 9, of Derry sold her trio of Reserve Grand Champion Market Chickens to Westmoreland Clerk of Courts Bryan Kline, who then donated them back. From left are Emma and Addie Heeter, 8; Kline; Emma Huber; and 2013 Westmoreland Fair Queen Hattie Henderson.
Marilyn Forbes | for the Daily Courier - Ella Petrosky, 8, of Greensburg received $120 for her trio of Grand Champion New Zealand rabbits from buyer Bill Weimer of New Alexandria, who then donated them back. From left are Petrosky; Weimer; and 2013 Westmoreland Fair Queen Hattie Henderson.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Marilyn Forbes  |  for the Daily Courier</em></div>Ella Petrosky, 8, of Greensburg received $120 for her trio of Grand Champion New Zealand rabbits from buyer Bill Weimer of New Alexandria, who then donated them back. From left are Petrosky; Weimer; and 2013 Westmoreland Fair Queen Hattie Henderson.
Marilyn Forbes | for the Daily Courier - Marque Piper, 15, of Latrobe received $190 for her three Reserve Grand Champion New Zealand rabbits from John Millen of Greensburg. The rabbits were then donated back. From left are Piper; Millen; and 2013 Westmoreland Fair Queen Hattie Henderson.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Marilyn Forbes  |  for the Daily Courier</em></div>Marque Piper, 15, of Latrobe received $190 for her three Reserve Grand Champion New Zealand rabbits from John Millen of Greensburg. The rabbits were then donated back. From left are Piper; Millen; and 2013 Westmoreland Fair Queen Hattie Henderson.

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Monday, Aug. 26, 2013, 6:35 p.m.
 

Payment for a year's worth of work was obtained in less than a minute as more than 200 livestock animals raised by 4-H members were auctioned at the annual Westmoreland Junior Livestock Sale at the fairgrounds in Mt. Pleasant Township.

The annual event gives 4-H members who brought animals to the fair the opportunity to place them in auction for the public and local businesses.

“The money that they get is theirs to go toward the raising of their animals throughout the year,” Penn State Extension educator Johanna Sheppard said. “These kids here have a commitment to their animals and a lot invested. Feeding has become very, very costly and hay prices are high. If they do chose to have their animals here today, then that gives them the chance to raise some money to get back some of their investment and buy animals for next year.”

The champion and reserve champion animals are always the first to be offered at the auction and many times generate some of the highest prices.

Brother and sister, Colton Zundel, 16, and Hannah Zundel, 19, of New Alexandria had a great morning, with six top animals auctioned as champions or grand champions.

Hannah Zundel received $30 a pound for her Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb, then $15 a pound for her Grand Champion Lamb Carcass, some of the highest bidding seen in the morning.

“We had a pretty good day,” Zundel said. “We got a little money back, but then sometimes we just break even.”

Zundel said she and her brother spare no expense when it comes to raising the animals that they bring to the fair each year.

“Our animals get the best of everything,” Zundel laughed. “I go without new shoes, but they get the best feed.”

Joey Espey, 16, of Scottdale had a good showing at the auction, receiving $5.25 a pound for his 1,340-pound Grand Champion Market Steer.

“I got about what I expected,” Espey said of the price he received for the steer. “I got grand champion last year and got about the same price.”

The numbers were up slightly for the overall auction, with 217 different animals on the bidding block.

Buyers came from all over the area. Many donated the animals back upon giving the winning bid, with that animal then being resold later in the auction.

The second amount raised on those animals then goes to program funding or the FFA and 4-H scholarship funds, with the buyer having the option to choose.

Westmoreland County Clerk of Courts Bryan Kline was the highest bidder on a trio of Reserve Grand Champion Market Chickens, raised by Emma Huber, 9, of Derry. He then donated them back to the auction to be resold.

“I have friends that come here, so I thought I'd try it this year,” said Kline, a first-time visitor to the auction and first-time buyer. “4-H is such a great cause, so I wanted to donate them back.”

Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer.

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