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Junior Livestock Sale Tops 2017 Recordbreaker
Pennsylvania Ag Connection - 01/11/2018

Records shattered when 423 animals grossed $376,121 -- around $6,700 above the 2017 total -- at the annual junior livestock sale at the 2018 Pennsylvania Farm Show.

The Grand Champion Market Lamb, exhibited by McKenzie Stadtmiller, Dayton, Armstrong Co., was purchased by Penn Waster and Scott Wagner for $6,700.

Penn Waste and Scott Wagner purchased Heidi Barkley's Grand Champion Market Goat for $7,700. Barkley is from Manns Choice, Bedford Co.

Amy Pecora's Grand Champion Market Hog sold to Hatfield Quality Meats for $9,000 Pecora is from Harrison City, Westmoreland Co.

Chris Jordan's Grand Champion Market Steer sold for $16,500 to buyer Fulton Bank and Bell & Evans. Jordan hails from Uniontown, Fayette Co.

The Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb, exhibited by Renee Svonavec, Rockwood, Somerset Co., was purchased by Fulton Bank and Bell & Evans for $5,500.

Callie Taylor's Reserve Grand Champion Market Goat sold for $4,000 to buyer Penn Waste, care of Scott Wagner. Taylor hails from Timblin, Armstrong Co.

Trent Stadtmiller from Dayton, Armstrong Co., sold his Reserve Grand Champion Junior Market Hog to Penn Waste for $5,000.

Penn Waste also purchased Mason Smith's Grand Champion Rabbit Meat Pen for $2,000. Mason Smith is from Lewisburg, Union Co.

Jacob Haschalk from Edinboro, Erie Co., sold his Reserve Champion Rabbit Meat Pen to Bell & Evans Poultry for $3,500.

To end the Sale of Champions, Saubel's Market, bought Kaitlyn Frontera's Reserve Grand Champion Market Steer for $11,000. Kaitlyn is from Waterford, Erie Co.

Prior to the sale, 28 college students received $98,000 in scholarships through the Pennsylvania Farm Show Scholarship Foundation. A percentage of earnings in the Sale of Champions, as well as generous donations from members of the foundation, fund the scholarships. Across 24 years, the Pennsylvania Farm Show Scholarship Foundation has given out more than $1.5 million to 528 well deserving youth.

Throughout the sale, outstanding 4-H leaders were recognized for volunteering their time to help motivate Pennsylvania youth to become strong leaders within their homes and communities. Ben Williamson, junior market livestock chair, presented the awards.

Betsy MacCauley, Atglen, Chester Co., received the Outstanding Pennsylvania 4-H Sheep Leader Award. She has been involved in the Chester County 4-H program for more than 25 years. During that time, she was instrumental in coaching the livestock judging team, educating youth on all aspects of their sheep projects, and organizing the sheep skill-a-thon contest. MacCauley developed her own lambing model to explain how to assist ewes when lambing. She started the first ever sheep skill-a-thon contest at the county fair that has now expanded to include beef and swine projects.

The Outstanding Pennsylvania 4-H Swine Leader award went Paul Yoachim, Rome, Bradford County. "Pappy", as he is known to 4-H members, has 33 years of volunteer experience with the Northeast Ag 7 Home Ec. 4-H Club. His enthusiasm for pigs can be witnessed as he educates 4-H members about fitting, feeding, and caring for their projects. Under his guidance, the Troy Fair Pig Show grew from seven pigs to over 100 entries. His involvement in the swine industry goes beyond Bradford County. "Pappy" teaches the Pigs 'n People program in the state that teaches the public the similarities between pigs and people.

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