New swine premium record set but overall auction dollars down

4-H’er Kalee Platt (left) picks up her premium money from the Huntington County 4-H Fair Auction from Carol Holmes (right), a volunteer with Purdue Extension Huntington County, on Thursday, July 26, at the Huntington County Fairgrounds office.
4-H’er Kalee Platt (left) picks up her premium money from the Huntington County 4-H Fair Auction from Carol Holmes (right), a volunteer with Purdue Extension Huntington County, on Thursday, July 26, at the Huntington County Fairgrounds office. Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington County 4-H Fair drew to a close with the annual auction, which saw 643 head of livestock cross the block and generate $222,860 in premium profits for 4-H’ers on Thursday, July 26, in the Parkview Huntington Hospital Show Arena on the Huntington County Fairgrounds.
The number of animals that went out for bid decreased from the 2017 auction, when 4-H’ers trotted out 664 animals for buyers. Premium receipts declined, too, with last year’s sale generating $252,810 for 4-H’ers.
While premium earnings may have been down, there was a financial windfall of note for one 4-H’er. In the swine sale, Evan Rice’s grand champion barrow went for a record-breaking $7,500. Friends and Family of Evan Rice made the big purchase.
The previous swine record had stood since the 2010 auction, when Thomas Trout had a sale of $6,900.
Led by Rice’s hefty transaction, the swine sale generated the most profits at this year’s auction. Four-H’ers marched out 154 hogs for bidders, which resulted in a premium sale of $66,065. The average price fetched was $428.
In 2017, 164 hogs crossed the block and generated $66,185 in premium dollars.
Poultry sales were up at this year’s auction. Four-H’ers carried out 180 birds, which yielded $51,050 in premium earnings. The average sale was $283.
At the 2017 sale, the lot of 160 fetched $45,375.
The richest payday belonged to Gabrielle Line, who made a sale of $3,000. A group of 13 buyers made the purchase.
The rabbit portion of the auction generated $38,080 in premium sales. Four-H’ers brought out 147 rabbits for buyers, which translated to an average sale of $259.
Last year, 149 rabbits crossed the block and went for $39,750.
The biggest sale was made by Rhitt Langston, who sold his rabbit for $3,700. The purchase was made by a group of 31 buyers.
There were 109 goats at this year’s auction, which resulted in premium sales of $34,400. The average transaction was $315.
In 2017, 4-H’ers trotted out 120 goats and made $51,750 from that lot.
Josi Barscz had the biggest payday. She sold her goat for $2,200, which was purchased by a quartet of buyers.
The beef sale topped out at $21,600. Twenty-nine cattle appeared before buyers, selling for an average of $744.
The 2017 sale saw 43 head of beef cross the block and generate $38,450 in premium money.
Kaitlyn Stephan was the wealthiest 4-H’er in this part of the auction, selling her bovine for $4,375. A group of 20 buyers made the purchase.
4-H’ers walked out 21 sheep for bidders and sold them for $9,375. The average price fetched was $446.
Last year, a lot of 24
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 yielded $8,475 in premium money.
Dalaney Vickrey had the top sale, selling her sheep for $2,300 to a group of four buyers.
In the dairy portion of the auction, 4-H’ers sold three gallons of milk for $2,290. The average sale was $763.
In 2017, four gallons of milk were sold for $2,825.
The biggest payday was had by Braylon Beekman, whose gallon went for $1,615. The purchase was made by a group of 21 buyers.