Youthful ranchers score at fair market

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By Jeff M. Hardison

Youthful ranchers score at fair market


Staff Writer

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.

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