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Porter Auction Breaks Records

by Holly Hahn Yoder

Published: Friday, August 3, 2018

There were tears shed, records broken and a distinguished guest appearance at the Porter County Fair Celebration on July 26 at the Valparaiso fairgrounds. Max Armstrong, television and radio personality, opened the auction with the pledge of allegiance and a brief opening statement. The families of a teenage 4-H member and of a long time 4-H supporter chose to create a lasting tribute to their loved ones by putting their mark on a couple of 4-H livestock awards.

Nine year 4-H member, Rhyann Sikora, lost her life in an auto accident on July 8. Her family decided to honor her by creating a scholarship for a senior swine barn member who exemplifies the same mentoring abilities as Sikora. They decided to sell her last 4-H pig to endow the scholarship. The bidding was enthusiastic for her 258-pound Yorkshire and had the crowd on their feet cheering as the total climbed. At press time, the donation total was up to $80 per pound or $20,640 for the fund.

Another community family, the Mrozinskis, chose to commemorate their loss by adding value to the Supreme Showman award. The crowd donated $700 to the prize. Larry Mrozinski was well-known as a sheep breeder and judge and also bought many 4-H animals as the owner of Heinhold Feeds.

Totals from this year's sales fell short of last year's amount. There were 283 lots sold for about $382,000 compared to 2017's total of $400,000. However, at least four records were broken in the rabbit sale and one in the poultry and the dairy cow sale.

Ethan Lucas exhibited the champion broilers in the poultry show. Jeryl and Paul Kettlebaum and Donna Salloch paid $900 for the chickens.

Dr. Jac Cooper was the buyer of Lane Banks' grand champion crossbred barrow. Banks, Wanatah, received $6.50 per pound or $1,742. The reserve champion barrow was exhibited by Stetson (Donald) Herzog, Wheeler. Horizon Bank of Valparaiso paid $6 per pound, or $1,518 for the Duroc.

Megan Krzyanowski, North Judson, showed the grand champion meat pen of rabbits. The pen was sold to the Mrozinski family for $1,800.

The reserve champion was owned and shown by Stephanie Boone, Kouts. She sold both her reserve champion meat pen and grand champion rabbit carcass to Kraft Auction Service for $350 and $1,100 respectively. The reserve champion carcass was exhibited by Steven Finley, Valparaiso, and sold to Dr. Conn and Dr. Han Associates in Surgery for $1,000.

Last year, Gianis Tofte-Tourloukis won grand champion steer and sent the animal through the auction. The Valparaiso youth took the top honors again in 2018 but decided to take his 1,335-pound shorthorn steer to the state fair.

The reserve champion and grand champion Porter County born steer was shown by Emma Johnson, Valparaiso. The steer also weighed 1,335 pounds and was sold for $3 per pound, or $4,005 to Dr. Jac Cooper.

Shipshewana Auction and Kraft Auction bought the grand champion dairy steer owned by Breck Terpstra, Kouts. The animal weighed in at 1,685 pounds and brought $1.50 per pound, or $2,527.50.

The reserve champion was exhibited by another Kouts youngster, Megan Teitge. Her steer weighed 1,505 pounds and was sold to the Ellen Dondlinger family.

Stephanie Boone and Brooke Wilson took nearly all the top honors in the Dairy show. Boone, Kouts, showed the grand and reserve champion Holstein. She was paid $700 for the grand and $500 for her reserve cow.

Wilson, Valparaiso, exhibited the grand champion and reserve champion Brown Swiss as well as the reserve champion Ayrshire animals. Roy Wilson and the North Porter County buyers' group paid a record $1,300 for the reserve Ayrshire and $500 for the grand champion. The Porter County Republican party bought Wilson's Brown Swiss.

The grand champion Ayrshire was shown by Emma Spears, LaCrosse. North Porter County Buyer's group bought the dairy products for $500.

The grand champion dairy goat wether was exhibited by Megan Teitge, Kouts. Morgan Twp. support group paid $700 for her 62-pound animal. Her brother, Jonathan, showed the reserve champion 60-pound wether and was sold to Dr. Ramesh Kanuru for $500.

Rounding out the auction was the sale of the sheep. Morgan Shurr, Boone Grove, won grand champion market lamb with her 154-pound Hampshire. The lamb was bought by Friends and Family of Shurr, Bob Cauffman, Scott Massom and Kraft Auction Services. The group paid $26 per pound, or $4,004 for the lamb.

Emma Johnson, Valparaiso exhibited the reserve champion lamb that weighed 150 pounds. Washington Twp. supporters bought the reserve lamb for $10 per pound, or $1,500.

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