The hustle and bustle of animals and people filled the Warren K. Brown Show Arena on Friday as volunteer auctioneers, ring assistants and other volunteers helped make the 2013 Chautauqua County 4-H Market Animal Sale a success. Sixty-two hogs, seven goats, 26 steers, 38 sheep and 19 pairs of chickens paraded through the sale ring.
4-H youth have been working diligently to provide high-quality animals by raising and caring for their livestock. 4-H Market animals receive quality feed, care and conditioning. Friday's sale attendance was estimated at 400 bidders. Volunteer auctioneers Vic Richardson, Ron Reed, Ben Gauger, Mark Peterson, Mike Peterson, Dick Shaver, Don Yahn, Dale Eckman and others who kept the crowd engaged and entertained as more than $147,000 in prime livestock was auctioned.
Welcoming everyone to the auction was Emily Kidd, Chautauqua County 4-H issue leader. Kidd introduced Laurie Livingston, executive director of Cornell Cooperative Extension, who also welcomed those in attendance, reviewed the auction terms, and introduced Robert Crowell, 4-H alumnus, who gave a heart-felt description of his 4-H experience. Crowell surprised the crowd with a $5,000 challenge donation to the 4-H Endowment Fund that he presented to Randy Sweeney of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. Crowell challenged all 4-H alumni, as the Lesch Family did last year, to donate to the 4-H Endowment Fund to preserve Chautauqua County 4-H for years to come. He also offered an extra challenge to grandparents of 4-Hers to join the effort. Due to this past year's efforts, 4-H members and families continued to build good character, teach invaluable life skills and be a source for strength and development for hundreds of youth involved in Chautauqua County 4-H.
Robert Crowell presents a $5,000 donation to the 4-H Endowment Fund managed by the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation and Randy Sweeney, director.
The Grand Champion steer raised by Patrick Kibbe, started off the sale and was purchased by Allied Alarms for $2.90 a pound. Patrick's steer was the top selling steer of the day. The average steer sold for $2.11 a pound.
Katelynn Gierlinger's Grand Champion goat was purchased by HLW Acres for $3.40 a pound. Nicole Ewer's goat was the top-selling goat of the day, bought by Eckman Insurance for $4.50 a pound. Friday's goats sold for an average of $3.01 a pound. Two goats were donated back to the 4-H Endowment Fund.
In only their second year, the poultry meat birds were included in this market sale. Sold in lots of two Cornish Rocks, the champion meat birds raised by Rachel Harper sold for $400 to Chautauqua Metal Finishing Supply. Highest pair of meat birds were Melissa Gierlinger's that went to Frank and Candy Gierlinger for $500. The average for each lot was $228.
The Grand Champion lamb raised by Matthew Overend sold for $5 a pound to Chautauqua Patrons. The highest selling lambs of the day belonged to Corinne Covert and Irene Klemens. Lambs averaged $2.62 per pound. The largest number of lambs ever were re-sold Friday. Eleven lambs were donated back by their first buyer to be resold and the funds donated to the 4-H Endowment Fund.
Hogs wrapped up the auction with Grand Champion hog, raised by Lilly Underberg that sold for $20 a pound to Hamburg Casino. The average hog for the day sold for $3.21 a pound. Three animals were donated back to 4-H to be dedicated to the Endowment Fund.
4-H would like to thank all the supporters who purchased an animal at this year's 4-H Market Animal Sale. 4-H would also like to thank all of those who placed bids and especially those who donated back or purchased multiple animals. Appreciated sponsors of the sale were: Cargill Animal Nutrition, Cassadaga Farm Supply and Bit O Breeze Farm.