WEST CHESTER, Pa. — Brothers Brody and Bryce Fitzgerald dominated the competition this year at the Chester County Livestock Show and Sale exhibiting the champion and reserve champion steers and the champion market hog.
They also went home with several honors in the showmanship competition. The boys are sons of Tim and Andrea Fitzgerald of West Grove.
Most of the 4-H members showed home-raised animals. The buyers supported their efforts, and the sale surpassed last year’s by a good margin. Nine steers, 65 hogs and 24 lambs were shown and sold.
The champion steer was shown by Brody Fitzgerald and the reserve champion by his brother Bryce. Both were registered Angus steers.
The champion was purchased for $2.30 a pound by Dennis and Dottie Byrne of Nottingham. The reserve was purchased by Herr Angus Farm of Nottingham for $1.80 a pound.
The champion market hog shown by Bryce Fitzgerald was purchased by Deanajak Farm of Wagontown for $12 a pound and was then donated to the Chester County Food Bank. The reserve, shown by Lucas Watson of Exton, was purchased by Cherry Knoll Farms of West Grove for $3.50 a pound.
The champion lamb was shown by first-year member Dylan McAllister of Coatesville and was purchased by John Rock Inc. of Sadsburyville for $6 a pound. The reserve champion, shown by David Bell of Nottingham, was purchased by Oxford Feed and Lumber, and Dennis and Dottie Byrne for $5.50 a pound.
The steer sale averaged $1.93 a pound, the hogs $3.44 and the lambs $5.52.
The hotly contested showmanship race found the Fitzgerald brothers going head to head with Bryce Fitzgerald landing grand champion steer showman honors. His brother, Brody, took the reserve grand champion award.
The grand champion sheep showman was Brooke Mazepink of Parkesburg and reserve grand champion sheep showman was Alyssa Lytle of Lincoln University.
In the swine show, champion senior showman was Bryce Fitzgerald and reserve champion senior showman was Joshua Beam of Elverson.
Champion junior showman was Emily Howe of Downingtown and reserve junior showman was David Bell of Nottingham.
Champion first-year showman was Melinda Stoltzfus of Coatesville, and reserve first-year showman was Lew Frame of Honey Brook.