Youths bid farewell to market animals

August 08, 1998|By MATTHEW BIENIEK

Several dozen boys and girls said goodbye Friday night to the lambs, pigs, goats and steers they had raised for the Ag Expo market sale.

The 4-H exhibitors, clad in bright white shirts and crisply pressed black or khaki slacks, walked their animals around the ring for the sale.

The first animals up were the lambs. Jesse Rohrer, 16, a Boonsboro High School student, raised the grand champion lamb. At 117 pounds, the lamb sold for $7.25 a pound.

"I don't name them. I have too many to remember names," he said.

Jesse, who has about 60 lambs, is no novice. He has raised grand champions before in 1994 and 1996. The key to raising a champion is plenty of exercise, he said.


"I run them a mile and a half a day in summer," said Jesse, who plans to become a veterinarian.

Parting with the animals was difficult for some. Karlie Hose, 7, of Clear Spring, helped her older sister Ashley, 14, raise a lamb named Scuttles. Karlie managed a brave smile walking out of the ring right after the sale - then shed a tear for the animal.

Older sister Ashley raises steers as well as lambs.

She raised this year's grand champion steer named Lil' Boy, weighing in at 1,107 pounds.

Ashley said experience makes it easier to part with the animals.

"But I still get really attached," she said. Ashley will use the money from her animals toward college.

Garrett Hamby, 8, was business-minded while struggling with a 107-pound lamb named Magnet, who apparently didn't want to return to his pen.

"I'm hoping to get a good price. The hardest thing is breaking them," said Garrett of Williamsport.

His forearms wrapped around the lamb's neck, Garrett slowly prodded the animal toward the pen.

Jeremiah Weddle's grand champion dairy steer, Creek Bound Charley, brought $1.10 per pound, weighing in at 1,548 pounds.

Jeremiah, 15, of Boonsboro, plans a career in agriculture.

"I like driving tractors a lot. I like animals, but sometimes I like driving a tractor better," he said.

About 112 buyers participated in this year's auction, said Jere DeBaugh, a volunteer at the sale who registered buyers.

Jeff Semler, Washington County 4-H extension agent said the program is not just trying to make kids into farmers - but to keep them involved in the agricultural business.

"It's a huge industry, there is credit and finance, veterinarians and machine production," he said.

The volunteer auctioneer was C. Floyd Davis of Williamsport.

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