The Grand Champion Hog was the high-selling animal in the Riley County Fair 4-H Livestock Auction on Monday night, selling for a $1,300 premium to Peoples State Bank, Sink Gordon & Associates and Cool Enterprises.
Ethan McPherson of the Pillsbury 4-H Club was the seller.
Hank and Vivian Ruckert and Merry Maids/Ruckert Auctions purchased the Grand Champion Market Lamb which was exhibited by Taylor Ruckert of the Ashland Booster 4-H Club. The premium on the grand champion was $1,500.
The Reserve Grand Champion Hog, the Grand and Reserve Grand Champion Steer, Reserve Champion Market Lamb and the Grand and Reserve Grand Champion market goats did not go through the sale, as state rules prohibit animals to be sold in a premium sale if the 4-Her chooses to take their animal on to the Kansas State Fair or the Kansas Junior Livestock Show.
Each 4-Her may sell one animal only through the auction. A total of 72 animals were sold through the auction for a total premium amount of $47,560.
Thirteen head of beef steers sold for an average of $975; 17 meat goats fetched a $440 average; 26 head of swine averaged $665; 15 head of sheep averaged $673 and one pen of poultry sold for a $100 premium.
Several other businesses chose to add on premium amounts at the end of the sale, many of particular note.
All premium buyers will be listed in a thank-you ad at a later date.
Auctioneers and ringmen donating their time to cry the auction were John Cline, Jeff Ruckert and Lynn Langvardt. Frontier Farm Credit clerked the sale.
For more information, contact the Riley County Extension Office at 785-537-6350 or visit 110 Courthouse Plaza, Room B220.