Chasing Record in Youth Livestock Sales

8/25/2012 7:00 AM
By Laura Zoeller Southwestern Pa. Correspondent

WASHINGTON, Pa. — After last year’s Washington County Fair Livestock Auction, no one knew what to expect in this year’s show ring.

Several records were broken last year, and rumor had it that one of the major players in that event, Range Resources Appalachia LLC, wasn’t even planning to attend.

“We definitely will be there,” Matt Pitzarella said last week, “along with several of our service companies. I don’t know that the anomalies that provided last year’s records will take place again this year, but we certainly plan to continue supporting the kids in the auction barn.

“As in the past, each animal that we buy will be donated back for resale to help support the scholarship and development funds of 4-H,” Pitzarella said.

This year’s auction showcased 39 steers, 161 hogs, and 110 lambs, and after all sales were tallied, gross receipts were $375,000, down from last year’s $402,000.

In a bit of a change from previous years, steers sold first. The grand champion steer, owned and shown by Alexa Caldwell of the HG Parkinson FFA chapter, sold for $9 per pound to Huntley & Huntley Geologists of Monroeville, Pa.

The reserve champion steer, owned and shown by Brady Bedillion of the East Finley Lucky Clovers 4-H Club, sold for $4 per pound and was split between Noble Energy and CONSOL Coal Co., both of Canonsburg, Pa.

The remaining steers sold between $2 and $3.25 a pound.

Emily Winkelvoss’s grand champion hog sold for $25 per pound to Justin and Jeremy Killion of Killion and Sons Well Service of Texas. Justin Killion gave the hog back to Emily, who offered it for resale to benefit the Olivia Scott Foundation.

Eric Putnak’s reserve champion hog sold for $15 per pound to Brian Dixon of FTS International in Canonsburg.

The remaining hogs sold for between $2.15 and $8 per pound. More than 40 percent of the hogs were donated back for resale by the original buyers, with money being given to causes as diverse as the 4-H scholarship and development funds, various FFA chapters, 2000 Turkeys and the Penn State Dance Marathon.

D&M Painting of Canonsburg donated the meat from most of the animals it purchased to the Washington Christian Outreach Center, a nonprofit agency that works to feed the area’s homeless population.

The grand champion lamb, shown by Lindsey Bosanac of Monongahela, sold for $50 per pound to Sarris Candy in Canonsburg. Athena Sarris gave the wether back to Bosanac because it was Bosanac’s last sale through 4-H.

Bosanac’s sister, Krista Bosanac, won the reserve champion lamb title and sold her lamb for $20 per pound to Canon Hill Veterinary Clinic in Canonsburg.

“We are definitely a 4-H family,” Lindsey Bosanac said. “Besides lambs, we show goats and hogs. I also won the Division I champion title for my hog this year. We learn so much from 4-H. I have met so many great people and truly believe that I would not be the person I am today without having had these experiences.”

“Unfortunately, I am aging out,” Bosanac said. “I graduated high school this spring and plan to go to college to study nursing now.

“I plan to continue raising sheep and showing in the open classes, since I’ve really fallen in love with them over the years,” she said. “It will definitely be a different experience, but it is really cool to be going out after winning my first grand champion title, and with my sister winning reserve.”

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