Harrison junior fair livestock sales a success
CADIZ — The Harrison County Junior Fair Livestock sale on June 17 ended with more than 375 single sales or pens of animals and 16 dairy baskets from 4-H youth participants.
“There was exceptional work put into the livestock and poultry,” said Billy Birney, one of three members of the family that was working to get good prices for poultry, rabbits, beef, pork and chicken. He was joined by John Birney, the eldest of the auctioneers, and his son, Steve, who could be heard and seen, trying to get the best prices possible for the young people. Auctioneers from other counties annually come to help with the auction.
Cameron Taylor of the Germano Community 4-H Club was the first 4-H member to sell his rabbits, and had the county record for the pen that sold for $1,800 to Woodsfield Savings Bank. It also was a county record at 13.98 pounds. Carys Haney, a Harrison County FFA member, had rabbits with a combined weight of 14.52 pounds, also a county record. He received $1,500 from Randall Gallagher Memorials, a buyer for many years.
Adrianna Blazeski, a member of the Shamrock 4-H Club, had the outstanding market chickens that were purchased by WVU Medicine and Harrison Community Hospital at a record price of $4,500. Her chickens had the highest total for poultry and were grand champions. She was outstanding market chicken exhibitor and was given permission to read a speech. She thanked a longtime 4-H adviser who died in March, and added she was donating 25 percent of her proceeds to the 4-H. Blazeski was the junior fair queen and helped with the younger members in getting their animals to the livestock ring.
Kelsey Powers of the Cadiz Ranchers had the reserve poultry title with a market turkey weighing 40.2 pounds. The grand champion pen of chickens brought $1,825.
Lily Gibbons had the grand champion market ducks that was purchased for $3,400 by Williams Energy to become champion winner for the county. The weight was 16.43 pounds. Cael Bryant had the reserve champion market ducks, weighing 16.31, a record purchase by Encino Energy at $2,100.
Jenna Young, a junior fair board member, raised the 40.2 -pound grand champion market turkey that was purchased for $8,500 in memory of Tom Carter, who was part of the fair operation and who died in March.
Callie Culbertson of the Cadiz Ranchers raised the 36.4-pound reserve market turkey that was purchased by Gallagher Memorials for $1,500.
Brodie Yeager of the Cadiz Ranchers raised the grand champion market goat weighing 74 pounds. It brought a record price of $4,000 with the buyer being Vicky Henderson Chrisman. Jace Arnold had the 73-pound reserve champion market goat that was purchased by Justin Gallagher of Gallagher Memorials for $1,500.
Rylee Pelegreen of the Royal Riders 4-H had the grand champion market lamb that weighed 126 pounds and was purchased by Paris and Washington Inc. at $14 per pound. The purchase was in memory of Ross and Betty Chrisman. Isabel Yeager of the Cadiz Ranchers had a record with a 131-pound market lamb that had three buyers, Wilson and Son, D&E Electric and Dino Piergallini at $43 per pound.
Jaiden Pelegreen of the Cadiz Ranchers reached a record for the 263-pound market hog that was purchased for $40 per pound by Brightside Tavern and Paul, Bobbie and Leah Prevot. She also had the reserve champion market hog that was purchased by D&J Sales and Service, Paris and Washington, Carstone Holding, Murral Excavations, Errndel Farm, Darrin Young of D&E Electric, Chris Vich, Wiligus and Sons, Mario Piergallini and Dino and Sons at a record of price of $23 per pound.
Bryen Doane of the Tri-County Showstoppers received $4 per pound from attorney Warren Knight for a 557-pound dairy feeder. Gracie Rogers received $2.50 per pound from Carrollton Livestock for the reserve champion dairy feeder.
The big moment of the evening was when Jenna Young, a member of the junior fair board, brought in her 1,394-pound market beef project that sold for $14 per pound. Buyers were Jeremy Yeager, Border Patrol LLC, Mario Piergallini, Dino Rents, Jacob Graham and Wiligus and Co. Jaiden Pelegreen had the reserve champion market beef that sold for $5.50 per pound to Don and Jon Jones and J&J Sales and Service for $5.50 per pound.
Dairy project baskets provided by 4-H members who do not take an animal to the auction reached prices from $825 to $1,400. This is for members who do not take their animal to market. There were 16 members participating. Doug Cauldwell is the leader of the dairy group.