The Junior Livestock Sale held Saturday at the Somerset County Fair grossed $462,893.50 for the owners of the 367 animals sold. The number of animals are down over last year's sale but total dollar value is up by over $70,400.
The businesses and individuals that purchased animals at 2012 Junior Livestock Sale showed great support for the youth that exhibited and sold livestock at the Somerset County Fair. Support like this is not a new thing here in Somerset County — it's an on going thing for as long as most can remember, with each year usually topping the year before. This support is greatly appreciated by the 4-H and Future Farmers of America members who exhibit their animals at the fair. The money earned by the youth from the sale is largely used toward a college education.
"It was another good sale, and there was a lot of support for the Junior Livestock Sale Scholarship Fund," said sale committee chairwoman Mary Ann Sorber. "The buyers were just terrific! Given the current economical conditions, the support of the people from the local area was so generous toward the youth and local charities, such as churches, fire companies and others."
A dairy basket was first up for sale, consisting of a variety of dairy items featuring an antique milk can from the New Meyersdale Creamery with a hand painted farm scene by artist Debbie Cornman of Boiling Springs. Andrea Stoltzfus donated the milk can and Berlin Milling donated funds to purchase all the other items. Proceeds will benefit county youth involved with dairy projects. Rob's Rations, Bedford Farm Bureau, purchased the Dairy Basket this year for $1550.00.
Next up were Market Steers. Seventy-two were sold for a total of $249,125 for an average price of $2.89 per pound, up from last year's average by 64 cents per pound.
Morocco Welding LLC purchased the Grand Champion steer for $4 per pound for a total of $5,140.
The Reserve Grand Champion went for $4 per pound, or $5,440. It was bought by Paul and Stacy Wheeler.
Joanne Wheeler purchased the Champion Home Grown Champion and County Bred Champion steers each for $4 per pound.
Market Lambs were sold third. The average price of $4.54 per pound increased from last year's average by 69 cents per pound. The 48 lambs were sold for a grand total of $29,666.75.
The Grand Champion Lamb was sold to Paul and Stacy Wheeler for $12 per pound totaling $1572.00.