8/9/2014 7:00 AM
By Carol Ann Gregg Western Pa. Correspondent
MERCER, Pa. — Mercer County 4-H Roundup culminates a year of activities for 4-H members from across the county. The livestock members complete the week with the annual livestock sale in the Mercer County 4-H Park arena.
The sale totaled about $129,394, including the champions. The beef averaged about $2,778 per head and $2.23 per pound for 11 cattle. Market hogs averaged nearly $717 per head and $2.82 per pound for 107 hogs. Three carcass lambs averaged $573 per head and $8.23 per pound. Market goats averaged $372 per head and $4.89 per pound for 15 goats.
Five pens of market rabbits sold for an average of nearly $127 and $10.26 per pound. Market rabbits averaged $115 or $17.97 per pound.
Market lambs averaged about $430 per head and $3.83 per pound for 29 sheep.
The 4-H members gathered at the sale ring prior to the sale to give the buyers a round of applause for supporting them and the 4-H program.
The sale opened with the sale of champions, led off with the grand champion market beef. This 1,306-pound, medium-weight, Angus-cross was shown by Chance Rains, Mercer, and sold to Fairview Cheese, Fredonia, for $3.30 per pound.
Amy Roberts, Clarks Mills, showed the reserve grand champion market beef. The 1,332-pound, medium-weight, Angus-cross was sold to Wagler’s Camp Perry, Hadley, for $2.70 per pound.
Bailey Kasbee, Stoneboro, showed the grand champion market hog. The 262-pound, Yorkshire-cross, was sold to Miller’s Auction and The Area Shopper, Cochranton, for $21 per pound.
Leah Hostetler, Mercer, showed the reserve grand champion market hog. The 283-pound, Hampshire-cross was purchased by Howard & Sons and D.J.’s BBQ, both of Mercer, for $3.10 per pound.
Miranda Lattyak, Volant, showed the grand champion market rabbit. Cope Equipment, Greenville, purchased the New Zealand rabbit for $75.
Brennan McTighe, Hadley, showed the reserve grand champion market rabbit. Advanced Construction purchased the New Zealand rabbit for $65.
Josie Gadsby, Fredonia, showed the grand champion market goat. McCullough’s Corn Maze purchased the 86-pound Boer goat for $8 per pound.
Chance Rains, Mercer, showed the reserve grand champion market goat. McCullough Fencing purchased the 90-pound Boer goat for $6.50 per pound.
Cassidy Gadsby, Fredonia, showed the grand champion market lamb. Chuck Mowry Auction Services purchased the 120-pound Hampshire-cross lamb for $6.75 per pound.
Kaley Scott, Pulaski, showed the reserve grand champion market lamb. veterinarian David Medic, Clarks Mills, purchased the 135-pound Suffolk-cross lamb for $7.25 per pound.