CADIZ – The June 17 Harrison County Junior Fair livestock sale concluded with more than 375 individual or penned animal sales and 16 dairy baskets from young 4-H participants.
“There was exceptional work put into the livestock and poultry,” said Billy Birney, one of three family members who worked to get good prices for poultry, rabbits, beef, pork and chicken. He was joined by John Birney, the eldest auctioneer, and his son, Steve, who could be heard and seen, trying to secure the best possible prices for the youngsters.
Auctioneers from other counties come to help with the auction every year.
Cameron Taylor of the Germano Community 4-H Club was the first 4-H member to sell his rabbits and held the county record for the pen which sold for $1,800 to Woodsfield Savings Bank. It was also a county record at 13.98 pounds. Harrison County FFA member Carys Haney 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.
Shamrock 4-H Club member Adrianna Blazeski had the exceptional market chickens which were purchased by WVU Medicine and Harrison Community Hospital for a record price of $4,500. His chickens had the highest poultry total and were great champions. She was an excellent exhibitor of market chicken and was allowed to read a speech. She thanked a longtime 4-H advisor who died in March and added that she donates 25% of her profits to 4-H. Blazeski was the fair’s junior queen and helped the younger members bring their animals to the cattle ring.
Kelsey Powers of the Cadiz Ranchers had the reserve poultry title with a market turkey weighing 40.2 pounds. The grand champion’s chicken pen brought in $1,825.
Lily Gibbons had the big market ducks of champions who were bought for $3,400 by Williams Energy to become the county champion. The weight was 16.43 pounds. Cael Bryant had the reserve champion market ducks, weighing 16.31, a record buy by Encino Energy at $2,100.
Junior fair board member Jenna Young raised the 40.2-pound grand champion market turkey which was purchased for $8,500 in memory of Tom Carter, who was part of the operation of the fair and who died in March.
Cadiz Ranchers’ Callie Culbertson raised the 36.4-pound reserve market turkey which was purchased by Gallagher Memorials for $1,500.
Cadiz Ranchers’ Brodie Yeager bred the champion big market goat weighing 74 pounds. It fetched a record price of $4,000, with the buyer being Vicky Henderson Chrisman. Jace Arnold had the reserve champion 73-pound market goat which 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 which weighed in at 126 pounds and was purchased by Paris and Washington Inc. at $14 a 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 a pound.
Jaiden Pelegreen of the Cadiz Ranchers hit a market hog record of 263 pounds which was bought for $40 a pound by Brightside Tavern and Paul, Bobbie and Leah Prevot. She also had the reserve champion market hog which 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 price of $23 per pound.
Bryen Doane of the Tri-County Showstoppers received $4 a pound from attorney Warren Knight for a 557-pound dairy feeder. Gracie Rogers received $2.50 a pound from Carrollton Livestock for reserve champion dairy feeder.
The highlight of the evening was when Junior Fair Board Member Jenna Young presented her 1,394 pound market beef project which sold for $14 a 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 which sold for $5.50 a pound to Don and Jon Jones and J&J Sales and Service for $5.50 a pound. .
Dairy Project baskets provided by 4-H members who do not bring an animal to the auction have fetched prices ranging from $825 to $1,400. This is for members who do not take their animal to market. There were 16 participating members. Doug Cauldwell is the leader of the dairy group.