2015-07-14 / Front Page

Many First-Time And Add-On Bidders Add To Success Of Livestock Auction

Staff Report

Near perfect weather, strong bidding by both old and new bidders, and an overall attitude of yet another successful Owen County Fair produced a very consistent 4-H Livestock Auction in 2015.

In addition to numerous first-time and add-on bidders for the list of more than 100 animals, Friday evening’s more than four-hour auction again featured Our Community Bank (OCB) adding $100 to the final sale price of animals belonging to ten-year 4-Hers.

In the steer sale, Cook Medical won a bidding war for young 4-Her Nathaniel Worland’s entry.

The $2,550 final bid for the 1,230-pound steer was well above its market value of $$1,820.40. The remaining fourteen steers ranged from a low of $1,800 to a high of $2,500.

The sheep sale found 10 market lambs going up for bids, with the highest figure topping out at $1,000. The buyer was Edwards Farm Supply for the 2015 grand champion market lamb exhibited by Zackary Hamilton. Additional wethers ranged from $400 to $850.

Rabbits again returned for ‘15, though only two pens were sold, with the top bid of $225 being paid by Scully Farms to Nicole McKinney.

As usual, the largest portion of the sale involved barrows, with a total of 53 up for bids. With the exception of three bids, the selling prices were very consistent, ranging from $400 to $900.

Owen County Republicans and Minnick farms teamed up to pay $1,600 to Emily Watson for the 2015 grand champion 282-pound market hog, while First National Bank and Woods Angus Farm of Coal City each paid $1,100 for barrows belonging to 4-Hers Ethan Minnick and Kelci Wood, respectively.

Closing out the ‘15 sale were 30 young 4-Hers hoping to receive top dollar for their goat projects, with Dr. Tom Abrell and Jennifer Abrell winning a $1,000 bidding war for the show’s final animal, an 87-pound wether shown by ten-year 4-Her Madison Summerlot.

The final bid calculated out to $11.49 per pound, well over the animal’s market value of $208.80.

The remaining 29 goats ranged from a low of $375 to a high of $950, paid by JT’s Trash Service for a 74-pounder shown by Hope Shrum.


Rabbits – 2
Spencer Exchange Club
Scully Farms
Steers – 15
Daryl and Linda Hefner
Kelsey Hanlon
Insurance Services
Quality Surfaces
Rice’s Quality Farm
Cook Medical (2)
Owen Valley Flooring (2)
Ceres Solutions (2)
Kinser Timber Products

Co-Alliance Group
Sheep – 10
Gosport Manufacturing
Owen County State
Rice’s Quality Farm
Meats (2)
Gordon and Diane Wells
Edwards Farm Supply
Peoples State Bank
Insurance Services
Farm Bureau, Inc.
Swine – 53
Owen County
Republicans (1/2)
Minnick Farms (1/2)
Edwards Farm Supply
Spencer Bait Shop
Town and Country
Veterinary – Bloomington
Riddle Tractor Sales
Cooper Farms
Family Catering
Ken and Rhonda Schafer
Quality Mill Supply
Gosport Manufacturing
First National Bank
Truesdel Heating and

Daryl and Linda Hefner
Family (2)
Concord Construction
Lee and Karen Huss
Judge Lori Thatcher
Carson’s Barbecue
Gordon and Diane Wells
Medical Account
Owen County State
Bank (2)
Cecelia Herrington
BBP Water
Insurance Services (2)
Rich’s All-Star Auto
Sales (3)
Cloverdale AgriCenter
Co-Alliance Group
Owen Valley Flooring
Spencer McDonald’s
City Glass and Paint (2)
Babbs SuperValu (2)
Cook Medical (4)
Farm Bureau, Inc.
JD Seeds
Woods Angus Farm (2)
Harry Miller Farms
Bob Heaton
White River Co-Op
Goats – 30
Judge Kelsey Hanlon
Sheriff Sam Hobbs (1/2)
Concord Construction
Ryan and Amanda
O’Neal (1/3)
Iron Creek Farms (1/3)
Chambers Smorgasbord
Cook Medical
Budget Bob’s Gun Shop
Greg Denny and Family
Re/ Max Select
Associates – Chris Wesley
H&B Cattle Company
Duling Insurance (2)
Our Community Bank
Spencer McDonald’s
JT’s Trash Service
Gordon and Diane Wells
Rich’s All-Star Auto
David’s Hog Farm
In Memory of Jim Rice
Dr. Tom Abrell and
Jennifer Abrell (2)
Owen County Democrats
Babbs SuperValu (3)
Rice’s Quality Farm
LeRoy and Linda Gentry
Owen County State
Bank (3)
Freedom Seal Coating
Bob Heaton

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