Gratz Youth Livestock Sale Brings in $81,000

10/19/2013 7:00 AM

GRATZ, Pa. — FFA and 4-H exhibitors sold 158 head of livestock on Sept. 20 at the Clair A. Hartman Youth Livestock Sale at the Great Gratz Fair.

Proceeds totaled $81,000. Middleburg Livestock Auction served as the packer. Robert Derfler Auctioneer of Pine Grove was the auctioneer.

The champion market lamb, presented by Eric Shoop of Dalmatia, sold by the head for $500 to S&B Livestock Dealers Inc. The reserve champion lamb, owned by 4-H’er Kaitlin Maus of Halifax, sold for $1,150 to Fred and Bonnie Anderson. Sixteen market lambs were exhibited.

Chosen from five exhibits, the champion market steer, owned by Heather Zimmerman of Halifax, sold for $2,900 to Hoss’s Steak and Sea House. The reserve champion market steer, raised and owned by Ashley Dobbin of Halifax, was purchased by M. Kevin Ricker Builder for $2,100.

The champion market goat, chosen from 53 goats and belonging to 4-H’er Heather Zimmerman of Halifax sold for $450 to Miller Service. the reserve champion goat, presented by Shayla Miller of Halifax, sold for $500 to Campbell’s Pet-N-Farm Supply.

A record 42 dairy steers were entered this year. The champion dairy steer, exhibited by Chelsie Neiman of Halifax, sold for $825 to Lebo’s Lawn Care. The reserve champion, owned by Ilissa McLaughlin of Halifax, sold for $825, also to Lebo’s Lawn Care.

The champion market swine, owned and raised by Aaron Maidenford of Pine Grove, sold for $1,000 to the 10 Pin Club of Pine Grove. The reserve champion, also owned by Maidenford, was sold to Hoss’s Steak and Sea House for $725. A total of 36 hogs were exhibited.

The gallon of milk from the youth champion cow, exhibited by Courtney Campbell of Halifax, sold for $170 to ETC Farms. The gallon of milk from the open class champion cow, also exhibited by Campbell, sold for $190 to Wallick Insurance.

The champion pen of rabbits, exhibited by Hannah Schaible of Dornsife, sold for $110 to Mark Ferster and Son Excavating. The reserve champion pen of rabbits, exhibited by Alyssa Chick of Sacramento, sold for $160 to Swoops Taxidermy.

The 2013 Great Gratz Fair presented a $500 scholarship in memory of Clair A. Hartman, who was the fair’s livestock superintendent for more than 40 years. His son David Hartman presented the scholarship to Rachel Savage of Herndon, a 2012 graduate of Line Mountain High School who is studying business and sign language at Luzerne Area Community College.

The Distinguished Buyer’s Award was presented to Gratz Bank. Accepting the award was Charlie Masser, a bank director.

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