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.


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 and click on 'Show Results.'

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