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Chester County 4-H Livestock Sale a Great Success!

Posted: September 3, 2012

Buyers turn out to support 4-H youth
Bryce Fitzgerald shows off his Champion Steer along with buyers, Lisnageer Farm

Bryce Fitzgerald shows off his Champion Steer along with buyers, Lisnageer Farm

According to judge Adam Conover, from Delaware Valley College, the quality of animals shown at the Chester County Fair in August was so deep that some of the animals standing last in class could be a champion at other fairs across the state! The beauty of that statement is that most of the animals shown at the fair were born right here in Chester County! The 4-H members did a great job and the buyers showed up and supported their efforts. Even in this tough economy, the sale out averaged last year's sale by a good margin! 17 steers, 69 hogs, and 33 lambs were shown and sold at the annual event! Buyers came from all over the region to support the sale! Champion Steer was shown by Bryce Fitzgerald of West Grove and Reserve Champion Steer was shown by his brother Brody! Both were registered Angus steers. The Champion brought $2.00/lb and was purchased by Lisnageer Farm of Coatesville. The Reserve was purchased by Herr Angus Farm of Nottingham for $1.85/lb.

Champion Market Hog shown by first year member David Bell of Nottingham was purchased by Weaver Insurance Agency of Quarryville for $8.25/lb and the Reserve shown by Joy Beam was purchased by Jerry Clemens and Hatfield Packing of Souderton for $3.10/lb.

The Champion Lamb was shown by Kyle MacCauley of Atglen and was purchased by Ken Smoker of Parkesburg for $9.00/lb. The reserve champion shown by Kyle's brother Chris was purchased by Breezeview Farms of Atglen for $9.00/lb.

The steer sale averaged $1.74/lb, the hogs $2.47/lb and the lambs $3.62/lb.

Showmanship was hotly contested again which is usual for this 4-H show. Grand Champion Steer Showman was Brody Fitzgerald and Reserve Grand Champion was Joy Beam of Elverson.

Grand Champion Sheep Showman was Chris MacCauley and Reserve Grand Champion Sheep Showman was Jason Mazepink of Parkesburg.

In the Swine show Champion Senior Showman was Brody Fitzgerald and Reserve Champion Senior Showman was Joy Beam. Champion Junior Showman was Bryce Fitzgerald and Reserve Junior Showman was Jesse Beiler of Narvon.

Champion First Year Showman was Emilie Howe of Downingtown and Reserve First Year Showman was David Bell!

For more details on the livestock sale contact Cheryl Fairbairn at the Penn State Extension 4-H office at 610-696-3500.