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Youthful ranchers score at fair market
BY JEFF M. HARDISON
FANNING SPRINGS - Bidding was hot from morning into the evening on April 2 at the 56th Annual Suwannee River Fair Livestock Show and Sale.
There were almost 460 animals sold by children from Levy, Dixie and Gilchrist counties. The total gross sales equaled $723,070.
The tradition of buyers paying children more than market value for cattle and swine held fast this year as it has in the past.
The top dollar went for the Reserve Champion Market Hog, which sold at $18 a pound.
Raised by Tyler Johnson of Dixie Senior FFA, the 275-pound Reserve Champion Hog brought in gross revenue of $4,950. Subtracting the 10 percent commission for the fair, this equals $4,455 net. That is in contrast with its market value of $92.81.
Johnson set a record price for the Reserve Champion Market Hog. The previous highest bid for a Reserve Champion Market Hog was $12 a pound, and that was in 1989. Andrew Thomas of Cross City set the previous record.
Sanchez Farms, Dixie Waste Services, Boland Timber, Dixie Chevrolet, Flint Equipment, Dixie Sheriff Dewey Hatcher and Capital City Bank bought Johnson's hog.
In regard to the commission charged in sales, Suwannee River Fair President Mark Bishop explained there is 10 percent commission paid to the fair on hog sales, a 7.5 percent commission for feeder steer and a 5 percent commission for fat steers to helps cover costs for the annual fair.
While Johnson saw a great profit at $18 per pound for his hog, other champion pig farmers and champion cattle ranchers fared well too.
The Grand Champion Fat Steer, raised by the Trenton Senior FFA, went for $7 a pound. Weighing 1,304.65 pounds, this amount of beef translates into $9,128. Its market value was $958.27.
The group that bought the Grand Champion Fat Steer included Trenton Medical Center, Scoggins Chevrolet, Dr. Charlie Cox, Ted Yoho, Terry and Lynette Langford, Bell Family Health Care, DeChamplain Farms, Farm Bureau, Bill Stanley Insurance, Sheree Lancaster, Gilchrist County School Board, Gilchrist Superintendent of Schools Buddy Vickers and the Smith Law Firm of Chiefland.
The Reserve Grand Champion Fat Steer, raised by Corey Jerrels of Bronson (Kountry Kids 4-H), sold at $6 a pound. At 1,241.8 pounds, the gross sale price equals $7,450.80. Its market value was $911.96.
The Reserve Grand Champion Fat Steer was bought by Anderson Columbia, Johnnie Hart, Ebenezer Baptist Church, RHCI Construction, and CMD Trailer Sales.
The Grand Champion Feeder Steer, raised by Brianna Bishop of Gilchrist County (Flatwood Friends 4-H), showed a top bid of $8 a pound. This 712.95-pound steer brought in $5,703.60 gross. Its market value was $593.53.
The Grand Champion Fat Steer was bought by Rose Show Supplies, I.S. Ranch, Scoggins Chevrolet, Perkins Financial Group, Chiefland Farm Supply, DeChamplain Farms and Green South Equipment.
The Reserve Grand Champion Feeder Steer, raised by Kristin Hardin of Chiefland Sr. FFA, sold for $4.50. The 674.15-pound animal saw a gross sale price of $3,033.68. Its market value was $561.23.
The Reserve Grand Champion Feeder Steer was bought by Chiefland Farm Supply, Farm Bureau, Suwannee Valley Veterinarian Clinic, Tarmac America, Osborne Barker, Gary Sapp, and Napa Auto Parts of Chiefland.
The Grand Champion Hog, raised by Kaley Wilder of Williston Middle FFA, went for $5.50. With a weigh-in at 265 pounds, that hog sale grossed $1,457.50. Its market value was $89.44. It was bought by Tarmac America.