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DeKalb Auction Supporters Pay $232,005

by Caitlin Yoder

Published: Friday, October 12, 2018

The DeKalb County 4-H fair livestock auction was held on Sept. 28. Four-H members raked in a total of $232,005.64 on 258 lots.

The auction kicked off with the grand champion beef steer exhibited by Kalyn Heffley of Union Twp. The Crossbred steer weighed 1,360 pounds and brought $5,000, or $3.67 per pound. Squier Pallets placed the top bid.

Dawson Smyth of Franklin Twp. had the top dairy beef feeder calf at the fair. His grand champion weighed 530 pounds, earned $2,500 ($4.71 per pound) and sold to the support group Friends and Family of Dawson Smyth.

Logan Capp of Wilmington Twp. was the exhibitor of the grand champion beef steer. The 1,365-pounder cashed in $3,200, or $2.34 per pound. Capp's friends and family support group purchased the steer.

The reserve champion dairy beef steer was shown my Matthew Strong of Newville Twp. The 1,596-pounder brought $1,600, or $1 per pound. Buyers include United Producers, Ag One Agency, Edon Farmers Co-op, Concord/Spencer/Newville Twps. Auction, Bunge, Strong Farms LLC and Slattery Oil Co.

Alex Yoder of Spencer Twp. sold the grand champion dairy wether. The goat went for $1,000. Friends and family of Alex Yoder paid for the animal.

Caitlin Taylor of Fairfield Twp. showed the reserve champion meat wether. The goat was purchased by Taylor's support group, Beacon Credit Union, Garrett State Bank, Squier Pallets and Pranger Enterprises. They paid $2,500 for the animal.

Curtis Martin of Richland Twp. sold the reserve champion dairy wether. Friends and family of Martin paid $1,000 for the goat.

In the lamb sale, Rowen Tinker of Wilmington Twp. sold the grand champion. The lamb weighed 125 pounds. Tinker's support group paid $2,500, or $20 per pound for the lamb.

Colton Clifford of Richland Twp. was the exhibitor of the grand champion barrow. The 286-pound hog earned $5,000, or $17.48 per pound. Squier Pallets and Clifford's support group contributed to the total price.

The reserve champion barrow was exhibited by Olivia Kelham of Butler Twp. At 286 pounds, the hog sold for $4.37 per pound ($1,250). Kelham's support group, Butler/Keyser Twps. Auction and Morgan Hefty-State Farm Insurance paid for the hog.

Cole Omspacher of Smithfield Twp. earned $2,725 at the auction for the dairy products from his grand champion cow. Omspacher also exhibited the reserve champion dairy cow. His support group paid for the products. Other buyers included Steel Dynamics, Squier Pallets and SJ Bartkus Real Estate/Auctioneer.

The grand champion commercial chickens were sold by Trevin Carpenter of Richland Twp. Squier Pallets paid $600 for the chickens.

Morgan Thrush of Butler Twp. sold the grand champion stewer rabbit to Garrett State Bank for $500.

The grand champion roaster rabbit was exhibited by Courtney Lepper. Her support group, Butler/Keyser Twps. Auction, The McComb Inc. and Double D Express Trucking, purchased the rabbit.

Sale subtotals, by species include: 9 beef steers, $23,869; 19 dairy beef feeders, $19,527.25; 11 dairy beef steers, $26,595.14; 31 dairy goat wethers, $17,471.60; 25 meat goat wethers, $17,945.20; 25 commercial chickens, $7,359.18; 2 ducks, $564.48; 2 turkeys, $684; 30 meat rabbits, $16,829.04; 18 lambs, $14,642.05; 73 swine barrows, $71,818.70; 9 dairy products, $9,375.

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