Kastin Warren kept looking back at the auctioneers as his reserve-champion market goat was being sold Saturday during the Gasconade County Fair’s Youth Livestock Auction.The Bem 4-H Club …
Kastin Warren kept looking back at the auctioneers as his reserve-champion market goat was being sold Saturday during the Gasconade County Fair’s Youth Livestock Auction.
The Bem 4-H Club member’s ears certainly did not deceive him. The price for his 101-pound goat kept rising. $50, $100 a pound. Raises of $5 a pound up until Jesse Price punched the winning bid of $160 a pound from the Huellinghoff Brothers, Inc., trucking firm.
“That one is a record, I’ll guarantee you that,” said Morgan Huebner, chairman of the Gasconade County Fair Association’s livestock committee.
Net sales for the Gasconade County Fair’s youth livestock auction held Saturday totalled $413,805.84. The winning bid for Warren’s goat was $16,100 of that total on a day which saw four goats sell for a combined $21,796.
“The mood of the sale was definitely the best its ever been,” He would know. Now 25, he was a regular exhibitor and seller of top-rated livestock just a few years ago.
Thirty-nine market steers sold for a combined $213,526.25, according to figures provided by the Fair Association.
There were 66 market hogs sold which brought $147,367. Exhibitors sold 12 market lambs for a combined $24,939. And, receipts for the 12 cured hams sold on auction totalled $6,177.59.
“We had a good year. We had a good year,” said Huebner, “The support of the surrounding communities has been wonderful. They really wanted to make this sale better.”
Huebner said there were 40 new buyers registered for this year’s sale.
“The 40 new buyers just means all that more local support,” he said.
There were the typical competitive bids placed for some of the top-ranked animals in various breeds but there were also some interesting winning bids.
Travis Diebal’s grand-champion steer brought $4.25 a pound, with Crown Power and Equipment kicking off the active bidding for the afternoon. The Hermann FFA member also took home the Dale Aubuchon Memorial trophy for his efforts in the cattle show ring and around the barn throughout the four-day fair.
Owensville FFA member Olivia Gerloff received $6 a pound for her 1,425-pound beef which earned reserve-champion honors. Cathlee’s Real Estate was the winning bidder.
Garrett Jacob, a Double S 4-H Club member, however, received $8 a pound for his 1,310-pound steer purchased by Hunt and Carrie Tainter. His steer was the 24th beef sold in the auction.
Two market hogs received impressive winning bids.
Brody Schatz, the kid whose hair had auctioneers wishing they could still grow theirs like his, received $24 a pound for his grand-champion market hog. JPD Contracting made the top bid.
The 102nd animal sold Saturday was a 225-pound hog exhibited by Josey Williamson which sold for $22 a pound to Cathlee’s Real Estate. She was also recognized after the sale as the recipient of the Jimmy Buschmann Memorial Junior Hog Herdsman. The 10-year-old is a Bem 4-H Club member.
Also recognized after the sale with the Jimmy Buschmann Memorial Senior Hog Herdsman award was Wyatt Bridgeman, who will be a junior this fall at Owensville High School. (We’ll have a complete gallery of photographs of special award recipients in the coming weeks).
In the market lamb bidding, Cathlee’s Real Estate and Crown Power and Equipment went in together on a winning bid of $28 per pound for Coltyn Reed’s 173-pound animal. He is a Drake 4-H Club member.
Hunter Scheer’s 141-pound champion market lamb sold for $17 a pound and was purchased by Hermann Veterinary Clinic and Martin Schebaum. Scheer is a Hermann FFA member.
3T Plumbing of Owensville bid $67.50 per pound for a ham cured and exhibited by Hailey Diebal, a Double S 4-H Club member out of the Swiss community. Hermann Veterinary Clinic paid $24 a pound for the grand champion ham cured and exhibited by Lucy Gruenke, a Drake 4-H Club member.
Then there was the third ham sold, exhibited by Kylie Noelke, Double S 4-H, which brought $28 a pound. Mike Garth bought it and donated it back for resale to benefit the Jimmy Buschmann Memorial herdsman award fund. People’s Savings Bank of Rhineland purchased it on the resale for $27 a pound. The ham weighed just under 18 pounds.
On average, steers sold for $4.22 a pound and hogs paid $8.18 a pound. The goats averaged $56.25 a pound. The lambs went for $16.13 a pound on average and hams sold for $29.14 pounds on average.