Report on Fulton County Fair Jr. Livestock sales 9.10

Written by David Green.

Hogs led the way in this year’s Jr. Fair Livestock sales at the Fulton County Fair.

The sale of 175 hogs totaled $63,925 of the grand total of $194,090 donated by buyers. Born and raised steers brought in the most cash, with 10 animals selling for $9,700. Beef steers averaged $871 per animal.

With market value prices added, the livestock sales total stood at $254,836—the second largest figure in the past six years.

Nathan Schaffner of Morenci raised the reserve grand champion hog. The 276-pound animal sold for $1,200 to L.A.C.E Transportation, Heer Excavating, Fayette Feed Mill and Butch and Sharon Frey.

The grand champion was raised by Jordyn Pursel of Archbold.

Mackenzie Fruchey of Fayette raised the reserve grand champion beef feeder. The 500-pound animal sold for $1,200 to Huntington bank, Miller Brothers Construction, Liechty Farm Equipment and Farm Credit Services.

Erica King of Wauseon raised the grand champion.

Other grand champion animals were raised by Justin Nofziger of Wauseon (beef steer, $2,500); Erica King, born and raised steer ($2,100); Samantha Wanemacher (dairy steer, $2,600); Krista Thierry of Archbold (rabbit, $550); Hanna Knapp of Liberty Center (turkey, $450); Audry Lane of Wauseon (pen of three chickens, $500); McKalyn Richer of Wauseon (lamb, $2,000); and Toni Slee of Wauseon (goat, $350).

The milk donation totaled $7,850, with Sterlena Pride and Archbold Elevator combining for $1,200. The Horse Project donation totaled $4,450, with $1,400 coming from Countryside Animal Clinic.

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