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Ag Expo ends with sale

August 07, 2004|by TARA REILLY

tarar@herald-mail.com

SHARPSBURG - While other recently auctioned animals posed for pictures with their buyers and sellers Friday night, Karl Pile's pig had other ideas.

The nearly 300-pound hog bolted from the camera's view and squealed as it ran out of the pen.

Not even a man in pursuit holding a two-sided sign that stated "STOP PIG" and "4-H PORK FOR YOUR FORK" could guide the animal back to the pen.

Pile, who had his picture taken without his new purchase, said he got a good laugh from the experience.

The Hagerstown man said he bought two hogs Friday night at the Washington County Ag Expo's 4-H/FFA Market Animal Sale.

The annual event features livestock raised by youngsters who show and sell the animals to the highest bidder.

"We get a lot of satisfaction out of our young people," said Pile, who plans to eat the hogs with his family.

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He said he's been buying animals from the market sale for more than a decade, including 16 steers from 16 different children.

Pile, who owns Karl Pile Septic Service in Hagerstown, said he has photos of all his steers with the youngsters he's bought them from hanging on his office wall.

Thirty-one market lambs, 13 dairy steers, 12 capons (roosters), a longhorn steer, 10 meat goats, six dairy goats, 15 rabbits, 51 swine and 43 beef steers were auctioned.

Andrew Herbst got $2,682 for his Grand Champion dairy steer, which weighed 1,192 pounds.

The steer sold for $2.25 per pound.

The reserve champion steer, sold by Shawn Wiles, weighed more, but sold for less. That steer, weighing 1,297 pounds, sold for $1.40, or a total of $1,815.80.

Typically, the larger an animal is, the less money per pound it costs.

Luke, 62-pound grand champion meat goat, sold for $3.10 per pound, or a total of $192.20.

Its owner, 11-year-old Stacey Jones, said she spent about an hour per day taking care of her goat, which got its name from being born on Palm Sunday.

She said she was happy with Luke's selling price.

"I wasn't expecting that much," Stacey said.

While Stacey said she'll miss the goat, "I think I'll raise another one."

Derek Wiles said he wasn't sad after his 55-pound dairy goat sold for $2 per pound.

In fact, the 14-year-old was smiling after the auction.

"I wasn't expecting anything, as long as it got sold," he said.

Derek said he didn't think he'd be upset over selling the goat.

"Nah, I don't get real emotional," he said.

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