8/24/2013 7:00 AM
By Carolyn N. Moyer Northern Pa. Correspondent
TROY, Pa. — Prices remained steady throughout the 2013 Troy Fair Livestock Sale, bringing the overall gross receipts to $148,421 on 24 steers, 22 lambs, 11 goats, 99 hogs and two rabbit pens.
The buyers showed their generosity as numerous animals were donated for re-sale to benefit various projects and fund-raising activities.
The Bradford County 4-H scholarship fund was bolstered by $11,272.75 in donations from the sale, and the 4-H exchange club earned $2,362.50.
Funds designated for 4-H building and barn improvement projects totaled $3,665.75. The 4-H endowment fund benefited from the sale to the tune of $190, and Athens FFA received a donation of $944.
The grand champion steer commanded the highest steer sale price from Talisman USA. Tyson Harnish raised the 1,285-pound champion, which sold for $4 per pound.
The Simmental-Angus cross was then donated back to the 4-H scholarship fund and was purchased by Harnish Farms for $2.50 per pound.
“I’ve had the champion steer three years in a row,” Harnish said. “I like the steers and spending time with them. The money part is always fun.”
He said his secret to finding the champion is to look at the size of the rump and the width of shoulders.
“I also want a flat back so it fills out when it gets bigger,” Harnish said.
The reserve grand champion steer, raised by Jenna Harnish, tipped the scales at 1,270 pounds and was purchased by Harnish Farms for $2.75 per pound.
The average price on 24 market steers was $2.11 per pound.
Jenna Harnish also exhibited the 238-pound grand champion market hog, which sold to Talisman for 3.50 per pound. Harnish said she enjoys working with both species. She has been a 4-H member for five years.
The reserve grand champion market hog was raised by Katelyn Nolt. Her 267-pound hog brought $8 per pound from Flynn Propane. The hog was donated back to benefit the barn improvement projects at the fairgrounds.
“This is my first year having the reserve grand champion hog,” Nolt said. “It’s hard to sell them. It’s different than dairy.”
Nolt has been a 4-H member for five years, and this is her second year showing a market hog.
The 99 market hogs averaged $3.18 per pound.
Twenty-two market lambs crossed the auction block with an average price of $3.76 per pound.
Rising to the top was Alane Neal, who showed a lamb for the first time and won the grand champion prize and reserve champion fitter designation.
“This is my first sheep ever,” Neal said. “I learned how to show sheep at Penn State through Block and Bridle. This is my own little project. I did everything with her.”
Neal, who has a long history of dairy showmanship complete with stacks of blue and purple ribbons, was shocked to win for her sheep.
“It’s really been an honor,” she said. “I am very thankful and blessed to have this happen to me.”
Her 117-pound lamb sold to Talisman USA for $8 per pound.
The reserve champion market lamb was raised by Richard Powell, who was also designated champion fitter. His 124-pound lamb was sold to Alderson Trucking for $5 per pound.
“I’ve been showing sheep my whole life,” Powell said.
Joshua Hottle exhibited the grand champion market goat. His 52-pound champion was sold to Nicholas Packing for $28 per pound. This is Hottle’s second year showing goats and the first time he has had a champion.
“There was lots of competition,” Hottle said. “Some (goats) were bigger than mine, but mine had more meat on her tailbone. I wasn’t really looking to get grand champion. I was surprised. I thought there were some really good goats around me.”
The 78-pound reserve champion market goat was raised by Justin Hiduk and purchased by Jorama Ranch for $4 per pound.
Although this is Hiduk’s third year in 4-H, it is his second year showing goats.
“The first year, my goat died of parasites the day before the fair,” he said.
The champion rabbit meat pen was sold by Haley Hemmerly to Northern Tier Solid Waste Authority for $200. Hemmerly, who is in her third year of 4-H, is learning what to look for in a champion rabbit meat pen.
“You want to check the loin and make sure it is 2 to 3 inches long,” she said.
Hemmerly also shows goats and sheep. “I like showing rabbits. It’s fun. You don’t have to halter-break them.”