9/29/2012 7:00 AM
By Kathryn Baldwin Southeastern Pa. Correspondent
YORK, Pa. — Swine hogged this year’s earnings at the York County Junior Livestock Sale, held Sept. 15 at the York Fairgrounds, where the stands were filled with anxious bidders and intrigued observers.
Not only were bids placed on the well-groomed livestock, but they were also made on a cake that supported the champion livestock team’s travel to compete in Louisville, Ky. The cake, made by Lindsey Zeigler, a 4-H member, raised $6,600.
Alexis Cash of York led her glossy steer into the ring, where the grand champion market steer sold to Saubel’s Markets for $4,000. Following was the reserve grand champion market steer raised by Jeremy Bentzel of East Berlin, which sold for $3,400 to Hoss’s Steak and Sea House.
Landen Burgard of East Berlin presented sold his grand champion market goat to Hoss’s for $750. The reserve grand champion market goat, belonging to Haylee Dietrich of York, sold to Miller’s Tree Farm for $550.
Beasley Ford claimed the grand champion market lamb, exhibited by Kayce Myers of Wellsville, for $800. Kate Livingston of Dover sold her reserve grand champion market lamb for $1,300 to a syndicate of five to six buyers.
The grand champion market hog grunted its way into the ring, guided by Kyle Livingston of Dover, where it was sold to a syndicate of five to six buyers for a striking $2,300, a $1,000 increase from last year’s grand champion swine. Alexis Cash ended the Sale of Champions with her reserve grand champion swine that sold at $2,200 to Saubel’s Markets, a $1,400 increase from 2011.
The sale of livestock is usually not just a one-and-done deal; usually, it is a family activity as it is with the Burgards.
Landen Burgard raised the grand champion market goat, and his sister Lindsey raised the reserve champion heavy weight market goat. She has been involved with this process for six years, and it is not a walk in the park.
Maintenance, such as trimming hooves and hair, is a frequent task. The animals must also be trained to become accustomed to being touched, walking into the ring, and staying calm. Coaching and grooming animals from the breeding process to selling the animal in a sale is a talent mastered by the Burgards, who use their sale money for college.
Linda Spahr, director of the York County 4-H organization, said, “This year, there were more cash donations, which was nice to see.” More people contributed smaller amounts of money, increasing the sellers’ overall sale.
In total, this year’s junior livestock sale raised $125,808.