DOVER ‒ Reb Billman, President of the Tuscarawas County Fair Boardwas all smiles after Thursday’s market cattle auction set a new sales record for the fifth consecutive year.
“I guess the reaction you would get from me, you should see it because it’s a big smile on my face. I don’t know how to explain it. I don’t know how to thank people enough. is amazing,” he said on Friday.
The total sale amount in 2022 was $1,337,963. Last year’s sale brought in $1,260,286, while 2020’s sale amount was $748,195.05. Online auctions attracted more buyers.
“Pork prices have gone up tremendously, which helps a lot,” said Tina Armstrong, junior fair sales committee coordinator. “We were fewer in number when it came to animals.”
There were at least 50 fewer animals sold than in 2021, but prices were up across the board.
Billman was grateful for the community support. “There are a lot of large corporate buyers who are providing a lot of support, but our smaller businesses are just amazing in the amount of support they are providing. I just hope families realize that.”
How much did the Tusc. Do fair trade animals sell?
Total sale includes:
Grand Champion Lamb, exhibited by Marshall Miller; bought by Kimble Co. for $16 a pound.
Reserve Champion Lamb, exhibited by Adeline Kendle; bought by Kendle Farms and Wayne and Elaine Kendle for $21 a pound.
Total lambs sold — 32.
Grand Champion Hog, exhibited by Karter Ellwood; purchased by Dover Phila Federal Credit Union for $14.50 per pound.
Reserve champion pig, exhibited by Seely Welch; purchased by Novelis Uhrichsville Works for $17 per pound.
Total pigs sold ― 287.
Grand champion market steer, exhibited by Daxx Peters; purchased by Kimble Companies for $7.50 per pound.
Reserve champion market steer, exhibited by Reide Black; purchased by Dover Hydraulics for $9.50 per pound.
Grand Champion Dairy Steer, exhibited by Brittany Finton; purchased by Diversified Engineering for $3.50 per pound.
Reserve champion dairy steer, exhibited by Allison Quillen; bought by Kiko Auctioneers for $3 a pound.
Total steers sold ― 89.
“We just want to thank the buyers,” Armstrong said. “All that money stays with the kids. They (the buyers) come out and support them year after year. There are no supporters like the ones in Tuscarawas County.”