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Heck's Grand Champion hog brings $2.70 a pound

August 21, 2007

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The 65th Annual Franklin County 4-H Pig Club Show and Sale was held at the Greencastle Livestock Market on Saturday, Aug. 11, with 67 4-H project animals shown and sold.

The 67 head of pork-on-the-hoof totaled 16,984 pounds with an average weight of 254 pounds and sold for a total sale value of $21,823.38 or an average of $325.72 per pig or $1.28 a pound, according to Jere L. Wingert, Extension educator for agronomy and livestock.

The Grand Champion pig, weighing 278 pounds, was shown by Austin Heck, of Chambersburg, Pa., and was purchased by McCleary Oil Inc. for $2.70 a pound.

The Reserve Champion shown by Aaron Harbach, of Mercersburg, Pa., and weighing in at 250 pounds, was purchased by Mey-Con Farm and Rob Kauffman State Rep. for $2 a pound.

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In the pen-of-two class, Champion honors went to Aaron Harbach, of Mercersburg, and was purchased by Schrack Farm for $1.70 a pound. A Reserve Champion honor went to Cyrus Lehman, of Chambersburg, and was purchased by Troutwood stables for $1.20 a pound.

In the Junior Fitting and Showing class Austin Heck, of Chambersburg, was declared Grand Champion while Jenna, Greencastle was granted Reserve Champion honors.

In the Senior division, Nicholas Wingert, of St. Thomas, Pa., was declared Grand Champion while Jonathan Wenger, of Newburg, Pa., was declared Reserve Champion.

The show was judged by Kevin Pfautz from Julian, Pa. Roundup trophies were sponsored by AgChoice Farm Credit of Chambersburg while ribbons and rosettes were provided by the Franklin County 4-H Pig Club.

4-H is the youth program of Penn State Cooperative Extension.

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