9/1/2012 7:00 AM
By Carolyn N. Moyer Northern Pa. Correspondent
WHITNEYVILLE, Pa. — It was a livestock sale that broke records and touched hearts as Tioga County youth brought their steers, goats, lambs, hogs, rabbits, poultry and milk auction champions to the auction ring Saturday, Aug. 11.
Rising to the top of the seller’s list was a 234-pound market hog raised by Benjamin Swan of Middlebury Center.
Swan, who was severely injured in a car accident that claimed the life of his brother, D.J., on Aug. 9, died from his injuries on Monday, Aug. 13.
The hog was purchased by Blaise Alexander Family Car Dealerships for $20 per pound and was then donated back. The hog went through the auction ring three more times.
The outpouring of support from the community bolstered the sale gross over $112,000, including the sale of champions and multiple re-sales.
Leading the way in the sale of champions was Luke Shuey’s grand champion market steer that weighed in at 1,245 pounds. The steer was sold to Gas Field Specialists for $2.10 per pound.
Jace Bieser’s 1,370-pound reserve grand champion steer was sold to Wood’s Excavation for $1.85 per pound. Nineteen more steers were sold at auction with an average price of $1.62 per pound.
Brent English exhibited the grand champion market lamb, which was purchased by Painter’s Meat Processing. The 119-pound lamb was sold for $5 per pound.
The reserve champion market lamb was raised by Elizabeth Bean and weighed in at 90 pounds. The Beef Pit purchased the lamb for $4.50 per pound. Twenty-one additional lambs were sold commanding an average price of $4.16 per pound.
Danielle Empson raised the grand champion market hog. The 259-pound champion was purchased by Blaise Alexander Family Car Dealerships for $6.25 per pound.
The reserve champion market hog was raised by Luke Shuey. His 274-pound hog was purchased by HRI Inc. for $6.25 per pound.
In addition to the market hog raised by Ben Swan, which was the highest grossing animal of the sale, 63 hogs were sold for an average price of $2.30 per pound.
The champion market goat was raised by Kaycee Kaltenbach. The 76-pound champion was purchased by Northern Tier Solid Waste Authority for $9 per pound.
The reserve champion market goat was raised by Lydia Williams and tipped the scales at 82 pounds. Her goat was purchased by American Crop Grower’s Insurance for $7.50 per pound. The average price for the other nine market goats was $3.72 per pound.
The grand champion rabbit meat pen was raised by Caitie Worden and purchased by Citizens and Northern Bank for $300. There was no reserve grand champion rabbit meat pen.
Devin Remley presented the grand champion poultry pen, which was purchased by Penn Virginia Resources for $225.
The reserve grand champion poultry pen was raised by Matt Shuey and sold to Tioga-Potter Farm Bureau for $175. Five additional poultry pens were sold, bringing an average price of nearly $142.
In the Tioga County Milk Auction, Middlebury Cooperative was the highest bidder for the basket presented with Jayden Andrews’ champion Red and White, purchasing it for $1,100.
Austin Brook’s champion Ayrshire basket brought $725, from Brooks-Twain Farm. Austin Brooks also exhibited the grand champion Guernsey, whose basket was sold to Pag-O-Mar Farm for $600. Wright’s Farm and Home Service purchased the basket from Charlie Moyer’s grand champion Holstein for $600.
First Citizens Community Bank purchased Rebecca Black’s champion Jersey dairy basket for $525. Blaise Alexander of Alexander Family Car Dealerships was the high bidder on Evan Brooks’ champion Brown Swiss basket and Brooks-Twain Farm was the top bidder on Brooks’ champion Lineback basket for $ 450.
Treven Andrews’ champion Milking Shorthorn basket was purchased by Dry-Run Veterinary Services for $400.
Forty percent of the proceeds of the milk auction are given to the exhibitor, 40 percent is retained by the dairy education and milk auction committee, and 20 percent goes to the exhibitor’s 4-H Club or FFA Chapter.
A special award was presented to former Tioga County Extension agent, Richard “Rick” Smith by former Tioga County Extension director Earle Robbins. During his time in Tioga County, Smith was a key influence in starting the Tioga County Junior Livestock Auction. Smith moved from Tioga County to Sullivan County, where he served as Sullivan County Extension director until his recent retirement.