By Mary Klaus on Jan 08, 2014
After facing brutally cold winds and 0 degrees outside, buyers warmed up quickly at the 98th Pennsylvania Farm Show Sale of Champions on Tuesday.
So quickly, in fact, that they shattered two records for market goat sales at the auction that culminates a year of hard work for the young exhibitors.
The two western Pennsylvania goats with a combined market value of $378 sold for a combined $8,100, the only animals to break records at the sale which provides college funds to the young exhibitors. The livestock buyers, representing meat processing plants, restaurants, grocery stores, various business’ and friends, said they like to support youth as the future of agriculture.
Auctioneer Harry Bachman began the sale by welcoming the crowd.
Seconds later, Lauren Diamond of Masontown and Fred, her 108-pound boer cross goat named Grand Champion Market Goat, strolled into the show ring. Bidders seemed enthusiastic from the start. Within minutes, the Ladies of Agriculture Today and Fulton Bank had joined forces to buy Fred for $4,100, $100 more than the previous champion goat record and $3,884 more than its $216 market value.
The 81-pound reserve grand champion market goat, owned by Scott Snyder of Volant, sold for $4000, $700 above the previous reserve champion goat record and $3,838 above his $162 market value.
Diamond beamed, calling the auction “crazy” and saying she never expected to break records. She said that she and her 12-year-old brother, Zachary, bought their goats together.
“He got to pick first and I got Fred, the goat that was left,” she said, saying she had a good choice after all. Zach, 12, teased his sister that the winning goat could have been his. The Diamonds live on a 55-acre farm which includes steers, lambs, goats and various crops.
After the goats were sold, Chev, the 264-pound Grand Champion Junior Market Swine owned by Evan Hillegass of Berlin put on quite a show.
On Monday, Chev squealed and grunted loudly for several minutes after winning top swine honors. On Tuesday, kept running away from Hillegass. Nonetheless, Chev sold for $4,200 to Hatfield Quality Meats and Giant. Joe Espey of Westmoreland County sold his Reserve Grand Champion Junior Market Swine to Saubel’s Market for $4,500.
When Scott Gardner of Grimestone brought his Grand Champion Market Steer into the ring, the steer seemed uninterested in the proceedings Within two minutes, Bill Campbell, CEO of Hoss’s Steak and Sea House, bought the steer for $13,000.
“He’s a beauty,” said Campbell, who for 25 years has been buying Farm Show champions. “We also buy at county fair sales all over the state.”
Paige Stahl of Somerset sold her Reserve Grand Champion Junior Market Steer to New Holland Sales and Stables for $6,000.
Brittani Hook of Mifflinburg sold her Grand Champion Market Lamb for $4,500 to Bell & Evans while Brynlin Carey of Montoursville sold her Reserve Grand Champion Junior Market Lamb to Fulton Bank, Lebanon Valley Auction and Bell & Evans for $3,300.