|08-12-03: Fair sale sets price records
|By PAT ROYSE
The Mercer County Junior Fair Livestock Sale netted $132,543 for its
young sellers Monday, besting last yearıs sale total by more than $26,000.
Three sale records were set during the auction held in the Adrian
DeBrosse Show Arena and in the Multipurpose Building Arena. The sale went on in spite of a
brief thunderstorm that darkened the sky and doused the lights for several minutes.
The gallon of milk, shown by Dustin Fullenkamp of the Barnyard Boosters
of Celina, sold for a record $5,600, with $100 shares in the milk purchased by 41
businesses and individuals. Of the final price, 65 percent goes to young dairymen and
Renee Dahlinghaus, a member of the Sewers and Growers Club of the Maria
Stein area, showed the champion pen of market turkeys. The turkeys brought a record $625
from buyers Maria Stein Grain and Fennig Crop Insurance.
In the market hog category, the grand champion overall/grand champion
gilt class 18 winner, shown by Kabe Eichenauer of the Hopewell Club, brought a record
$2,250. The coalition of nine buyers for the champion hog were Jones Jewelers, Coldwater
Grain, Coldwater Grain North, Bruns, Gant, Toms Insurance, Elgin Service Center, Burtch
Seed, Lefeld Implement, Farm Credit Services and VanTilberg Farms.
There also was a first time sale of a gallon of goatıs milk at the
auction. It was sold in $25 shares for a final sale of $1,000.
Though it was not a record, the dozen eggs, shown by Heather Petrie of
Hopewell Bawl, Grunt and Grow Club, sold for $600 to Seitz Electric and Diamond Egg
Junior fair booster clubs raised and evened out the sale price for all
participants in most categories of livestock. The sale price of rabbits under $100 was
raised to that amount. Turkeys were boosted to $150, chicken roasters and broilers to
$175, steers to $500, lambs to $250 and hogs to $225.
Barb Kohnen with the junior fair board said the average price per
livestock species will be figured and reported at the next meeting of board.
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