Cool temperatures made for a comfortable night of bidding at the 47th annual Junior Livestock Auction at the Washington County Fair.
The top price per pound on the night went to Emily Groth from the Slinger FFA who pulled in a bid of $17 per pound for her 145 pound grand champion lamb. Gehrings Meat Market cast the winning bid.
Paul Loosen from the Wayne Crusaders pulled in $12.50 a pound for his 148 pound reserve champion lamb. A to Z Fencing was the winning bidder.
Joslynn Odermann from the Wayne Crusaders had an outstanding night as her 287 pound overall champion swine fetched $7.50 a pound from Jonco Industries. Odermann’s 237 pound swine topped all bids as Team Chesak bid $8.50 a pound.
In the beef category, Lillia Janz with Slinger FFA notched $4.50 a pound from Bunzel Meats for her 1,280 pound overall champion cross breed.
But it was Adam Wolf from Slinger FFA that pulled in $5.25 a pound from Farmers Implement for his 1,582 pound HBR Dairy Champ.
Final numbers on the grand total for the evening are still being tabulated; those figures will be posted shortly.
Here’s a look back at prices and final numbers from August 2014 – a record year at the Junior Livestock Auction.
Record year for livestock sale
A new year and another new record sale for the Junior Livestock Meat Animal Sale at the Washington County Fair. This year $244,932 was raised topping last year’s total of $210,000.
Sales included: Mikayla Dogs with the Kewaskum 4-H’ers pulled in a high bid of $20 a pound from Jonco Industries for her 141-pound grand champion lamb. Last year, Dogs grand champion lamb sold for $18 a pound.
Madilyn Dogs from the Kewaskum 4-H’ers secured a $17.50 per pound bid from West Bend Elevator for her 139-pound reserve champion lamb. The total for the lamb auction cleared $33,056.50 compared to $31,645.50 in the 2013 sale.
The beef auction had a repeat from Slinger FFA in the winner’s circle as Lillia Janz secured $4 a pound from Gierachs Grading for her champion 1,284 pound steer.
A couple other high bids in the beef category went to Mitchell Weir from the Wayne Crusaders who received $5.50 a pound from Prime Resins and Jacob Kohl from the Richfield Rebels received $4.25 a pound from Hanke Trucking for his 1,346 pound red-ribbon steer. The grand total in the beef auction was a record $144,553 which topped last year’s total of $102,768.25.
The high bid in the swine auction was $14 a pound for John Falk’s 255 pound red-ribbon winner. The buyer was Lochen Equipment. The overall champion, shown by Savannah Dei from the Kewaskum FFA, pulled in an $11 a pound bid from American Metal and Paper.
The swine auction totaled $67,252 which was down from last year’s $72,917.