EBENSBURG, Pa. — Some 4-H livestock sales feature a basket of goods, quilts or other items to boost the county scholarship funds, but Cambria County 4-H’ers have been fortunate to have livestock raised and donated for the cause.
The idea started out with a pig for several years. Then in 2011, a pen of rabbits was sold, and this year a goat entered the ring.
The market goat, donated by Craft Farms of Mineral Point, was displayed in the show ring on Sept. 6 at the Cambria County Fair in Ebensburg by WJAC news anchor Jen Johnson and her son Jake.
Johnson’s goal was to break the record of $3,300 for a scholarship pig a few years back. She and Jake encouraged $50 bids by kissing the goat, dancing with it and other antics.
Their efforts proved successful when the gavel came down on the last bid and the total raised was $4,750. Craig Mazzaresse, of Craig Mazz’s Pizza in Portage, was the fi nal bidder and opted to take the goat home.
In addition to the scholarship goat, 262 animals went across the auction block that evening with total sales exceeding $168,000. There were 127 buyers with several purchasing five animals or more, including Morrison Cove Livestock Auction, Biter’s Body Shop, Cresson Steel Co., Farabaugh Farms, Allegheny Belting Co., Bedford Farm Bureau, West Central Equipment, Cresson Feed Mill and Smithbower’s Chiropractic Office.
Elderton State Bank topped the number of animals purchased at 19.
The grand champion market goat, exhibited by Hunter Niebauer of Carrolltown, Pa., received a record-breaking bid of $14.50 a pound from Robindale Energy Service.
The reserve champion goat, shown by Brionna McMullen of Loretto, Pa., went for $9 a pound, also a record, to High Country Motors. Another record bid was put in by SLF Consulting, at $9.25 for the reserve champion market lamb, exhibited by Raymond Niebauer of Carrolltown, Pa.
Other champion winners were grand champion market hog and market lamb — Olivia Mullen, Ebensburg, Pa.; reserve champion market hog, and grand champion and reserve champion market steer — Ryan Driskel, Ebensburg, Pa.; grand champion dairy beef — Dominic Farabaugh, Loretto, Pa.; reserve dairy beef — Tyler Mento, Loretto, Pa.; grand champion veal and grand champion meat pen rabbits — Griffin Christ, Sidman, Pa.; reserve champion veal — Jessica New, Summerhill, Pa.; and reserve champion meat pen rabbits — Emily Daughenbaugh, Johnstown, Pa.
Winners in the county-bred livestock divisions were champion and reserve champion market hog, champion & reserve champion market lamb and champion market steer — Becky Bard of Portage, Pa.; reserve champion market steer — Brandon Davis, Hastings, Pa.; champion market goat — Dawn Craft, Mineral Point, Pa.; and reserve champion market goat — Bethany Leer, Sidman, Pa.