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Sale of Champions brings $41,900 at Pa. Farm Show

January 16, 2007

HARRISBURG - Topping the Sale of Champions at the 2007 Pennsylvania Farm Show was the Grand Champion Junior Market Steer, selling for $18,000 on Jan. 9.

Hoss's Steak and Sea House purchased the 1,275-pound champion, owned by Shannon Braman from Bedford, Pa.

The champions and reserve champions of the four livestock species - beef, swine, goats and sheep - totaled $41,900, benefiting junior Farm Show exhibitors.

The second-highest seller was the Grand Champion Junior Market Swine, exhibited by Scotty Gardner, of Brownsville, Pa., in Fayette County.

The 270-pound crossbred sold to Hatfield Quality Meats for $5,700. Hatfield has supported the Sale of Champions for more than 30 years.

"We support the 4-H and FFA kids, the future producers that can help us in the industry," said Butch Clemens, retired president of Hatfield.

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Jacob Logan from Irwin, Pa., in Westmoreland County, sold his 1,300-pound Crossbred Reserve Champion Junior Market Steer to Hoss's Steak and Sea House for $3,700.

Hoss's founder and CEO Bill Campbell, a former Pennsylvania FFA member, has been purchasing champion livestock in the Farm Show Junior Livestock Sale for more than 15 years.

A new record was set this year when the Grand Champion Junior Market Goat topped the previous species record at $2,900.

The buyer, New Holland Sales Stables, placed the top bid on the 89-pound crossbred owned by Drew Romesburg of Berlin, Somerset County. New Holland Sales Stables broke their previous goat record of $2,700, set in 2005.

Following closely behind the champion, the 89-pound Reserve Champion Goat, exhibited by Samantha Adams of Bedford, sold for $2,600 to Westfield Insurance.

Hoss's Steak and Sea House also purchased the Reserve Grand Champion Junior Market Swine. Colton Zundel from New Alexandria, Westmoreland County, raised the 257-pound crossbred hog that sold for $3,000.

The Grand Champion Junior Market Lamb brought $4,200 from a bid by Lebanon Valley Farmers Bank and Fulton Bank, Lebanon Valley Livestock Auction, and Bell & Evans Natural Chicken. Derek Adams of Bedford took top honors with his 142-pound crossbred lamb.

The 145-pound Reserve Champion, a Hampshire owned by Chandler Carey from Montoursville, Lycoming County, sold for $2,300 to Fulton Bank & Kessler's Inc.

Money generated from the market auctions is used to help fund the Farm Show Scholarship Program. This year, 27 scholarships were awarded, totaling $94,500.

For a complete list of show results, visit the Farm Show Web site at www.farmshow.state.pa.us and click on 'Show Results.'

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