Market animal auction sees higher numbers, and a bit of charity as well|
The Langlade County Fair Market Animal Sale got a boost Friday evening, both in prices paid for the championship livestock and the community-minded attitude of the bidders.
After a protracted bidding war with Servco FS, Strasser-Roller Funeral Home, represented by Ann Roller, took the grand champion market hog for $6 a pound, outpacing the $5.25 paid in 2013 for the grand champion hog.
Matt Bowman brought in the champion animal, with a final weight of 280 pounds. He also exhibited the 2013 winner.
Roller donated the animal to three Langlade County food pantries—the Antigo Area Community Food Pantry, White Lake Christian Food Pantry and Operation Compassion operated by Faith Center Church.
Auctioneer Duke Packard of North Central Sales opened the evening reminding bidders of the $10,000 raised at Thursday’s cake auction, noting that if that was any indication, “we should have a good sale tonight.”
He reminded bidders to remember that they were buying the area’s finest livestock, shown by outstanding young exhibitors.
“These kids have worked hard,” Packard said. “Open your pocketbooks a little bit.”
And the bidders did.
Isabelle Matuszewski brought in the grand champion steer, which weighed 1,375 pounds, and when the animal left the ring it had a new owner—Parsons of Antigo, which bid $3.50 a pound after a back-and-forth battle with City Gas. Tim Sharon signed the ticket.
Last year’s grand champion brought $3.10 a pound.
The reserve champion steer was exhibited by Maddie Matuszewski and weighed just a pound less than the winner. A spirited bidding contest with Servco FS finally saw City Gas, represented by Jerry Rice, emerge as the top bidder for the steer at $3.30 a pound.
Last year’s reserve champion steer went for $4 a pound.
Chris Corr of Langlade Ford signed the ticket on the grand champion sheep for $5.50 a pound, compared to $8 a pound last year.
Jodi Wolf raised and exhibited the 148-pound chammpion.
Reserve champion sheep was shown by Erica Wolf and weighed 132 pounds. Maria Marciulionis of Auto Select paid $4.50 a pound. Last winner’s reserve champion garnered $3.75 a pound.
After Strasser-Roller bought the grand champion hog, Erika Spencer’s reserve champion was sold to Judy Schroeder of Schroeder Gifts for $6.85 a pound. It weighed 276 pounds.
Last year’s reserve champion hog brought $4 a pound.
A total of 42 animals went through the ring, including 15 steers, 10 sheep and 17 swine.
Complete results will be published next week.
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