7/31/2017 2:42:00 PM Crawford Co. 4-H Auction totals more than $54K
Several animals were sold during Thursday 4H auction, including rabbits, which sold for a total of $4,975. This young man and his fellow 4-H members were able to sell their animals at great prices at the Crawford County Fairgrounds. Total sales for this year were $54,033.76, shy of last year’s total of $81,293.12. Fair activities continue tonight with a demolition derby at 7. (Blake Nash photo)
Local 4-Hers were honored for their hard work at Thursday's annual auction. Over $54,000 was spent by many bidders throughout Crawford County at the Crawford County Fairgrounds, where the activities will come to an end Saturday.
This year's overall amount of $54,033.76 was down from last year's total of $81,293.12. However, everyone's efforts were appreciated by the local businesses and individuals who purchased these animals from the 4-Hers.
Even though this year's numbers are smaller than previous, swine sales did not decline this year. As a matter of fact, those sales more than doubled last year's total of $42,457.07 This year's $94,656.45 topped all bids at this year's auction. Marleigh Staley's class champion pig sold for a whopping $5 per pound that totaled out to $1,285 to Bunker Hill Supply.
Gribbins Insulation bid $4.95 per pound for Aidyn Piper's 233-pound pig, and several bidders dropped between $3 and $4 a pound for animals.
Only five steers sold this year totaling $11,478. Tyler Musgrave topped the sales board this year with his Grand Champion Market Steer weighing in at 1,270 pounds, selling for $2.05 a pound for a total of $2,603.50 to Maus Well Service, Inc. Grace Flexter sold her Reserve Grand Champion 1,095 pound steer to First Robinson Savings Bank at $2.3 a pound for a total of $2,518.50. Last year's steer total was $21,334.225.
Total sales for goats were also down this year. Sales this year totaled $5,650, shy of last year's $6,239. Jeighlyn Yoder's 70 pound class champion sold for $500 to Mont Eagle Mills, Inc., while Summer Weger's 66 pound goat sold to Maus for $550. Two more animal sold for at least $500, with all selling for well over $300 each.
The sheep herders did well this year with sales totaling $4,844.50. Jake Smothers sold his 149 pound animal to Ralph Dart Farms at $4.50 a pound for a total of $670.50. The low bid of $2.75 for Natalie Ramsey's 127 pound ship sold to Marathon Petroleum for $349.25.
Rabbits scratched out a small lead over poultry this years with totals of $4,975 and $4,900 respectively. These are two of the areas where bidders show great appreciation for the hard work the young 4-Hers put in to raising the animals and the valuable lessons they learn.
Rabbits sold from $250 to $450, which went to Charlie Burkett who sold his rabbit to the Palestine Chamber of Commerce.
Poultry pens sold from $300 to $750. Rural King made the $750 purchase of Mallory Mosbey's pen.
Once again the number of volunteers, bidders, and 4-H and fair organizers combined to make a successful week of fair. May of the top animal and projects will head to Springfield for the Illinois State Fair next month.