At the 2012 Wayne County Junior 4-H Livestock Sale, on Saturday, Aug. 11, at the fairgrounds in Honesdale, $264,373 worth of market animals crossed the auction block for a sale of 223 hogs, 50 lambs, 55 goats and 40 steers. Over 200 buyers generously supported 4-H members from start to finish.
The resale of donated animals insured scholarships for next year. Veteran auctioneer Wayne Weaver encouraged spectators to “support these young people,” and stated that the program produces “the teachers, nurses, and veterinarians that are our future.”
When the dust had settled, $21,036 was recouped for next year’s livestock scholarships.
Prior to the start of the sale, 23 4-H Livestock Scholarship recipients were introduced. These young men and women will seek higher education or enter agribusiness in the coming year.
Scholarships in the amount of $1,300 each were awarded to Robert Borkowski, Jackie Chyle, Nicole Daniels, Morgan Franc, Katherine Getz, Regan Grossman, Tyler Hector, Destinee Jonas, Nicholas Kneier, Benjamin Komar, Chloe Lienert, Lindsay McGraw, Jennifer Mignerey, Emily Noble, John Peper, Trina Reese, Blake Rickard, Ashley Rivezzi, Jennifer Silvestrini, Stephen Smith, Jeremy Taninies, Alyssa Weist and Katelyn Weist.
The scholarship program became a part of the Junior Livestock Sale in 1998 and, since that time, 225 scholarships for a total of nearly $245,000 have been given to qualified applicants.
Scholarship funds have grown in past years mainly as a result of “buy backs,” when animals are purchased at the auction, then donated back for resale to benefit the scholarship fund.
Direct donations to memorialize a death or milestone occasion are also a means of adding to the Scholarship Fund and can be directed to the Wayne County Junior 4-H Livestock Sale in care of Rosalind Williams, Secretary and Scholarship Fund Manager, 409 Stock Farm Road, Lake Ariel, PA 18436.
The first animal offered for sale was Garth LaBar’s 272 lb. cross bred market hog. Garth is the son of Russell and Anna LaBar, Honesdale and is a member of the Waymart Horizons 4-H Club.
Wayne County Fair President Roger Dirlam of Dirlam Brothers Lumber Company/Narrowsburg/ Pittston Lumber successfully bid the hog to $22.50/lb.
Dirlam initiated the wave of donations for scholarships by returning this champion for resale for the fund.
The 266 lb. Reserve Grand Champion Market Hog was sold by Destiny Fraschilla. Destiny is the daughter of Jay and Erin McElroy, Waymart, and is a member of the Waymart Horizons 4-H Club. The winning bid of $6.00/lb. was placed by Mike Cavage of Pioneer Construction, Honesdale, PA.
Regan Grossman, son of Edward Grossman and Wendy Malti, raised the 146 lb. Grand Champion market lamb. Regan is a member of the Cherry Ridge 4-H Club. Honesdale National Bank bid this champion to $8.00/lb.
The 125 lb. Reserve Grand Champion market lamb was raised by Lydia Grossman, Honesdale. Lydia is the daughter of Edward and Amy Grossman and is a member of the Cherry Ridge 4-H Club. Jet and Bob Mermell bought this animal for $3.50/lb.
Molly Franc, Lake Ariel, exhibited the 87 lb. Grand Champion Market Meat Goat. Molly is the daughter of Scott and Laura Franc and is a member of the Achievers 4-H. Mike Cavage of Pioneer Construction paid $6.00/lb. with the winning bid on this champion.
Reserve Grand Champion honors for market goats went to Nicole Billard, Honesdale, with her 69 lb. meat goat. Nicole is the daughter of Thomas and Shawn Billard and is a member of the Bethany 4-H. Auctioneer Wayne Weaver successfully bid the champion to $4.00/lb.
Madeline Miller’s 1410 lb. Grand Champion market steer was purchased by Waymart Milling for $2.00/lb. Madeline is the daughter of Randy and Julie Miller, Lake Ariel, and is a member of the Achievers 4-H Club.
Alison Miller exhibited the 1,200 lb. Reserve Grand Champion Steer. The steer was successfully bid to $1.50/lb. by Burleigh Construction. Alison is the daughter of Randy and Julie Miller and is a member of the Achievers 4-H Club.
Delaware Valley Farm and Garden, Callicoon, NY, outbid all other buyers at the sale with over $8,000 spent. Pioneer Construction, Waymart Milling Company, and Dirlam Brothers Lumber came next, bidding nearly $7,000 each in the sale. Purchasing over $5000 worth of livestock was Burleigh Construction, Pleasant Mount, RTS Truck Center/Valley Sand and Gravel (Ron Scull), Beach Lake, and Highlights For Children, Honesdale.
In the $4000-$5000 range were: Narrowsburg Feed and Grain, Grimm Construction Company, and Cochecton Mills.
Buying $3000 to $4000 in livestock were: Barnes Stone Masonry, Sue Erb, David Cohn, Wayne Bank, Diehl Trucking, Ellday Farm, Waymart Building Center, Bethany Village Senior Living Community, Imperial Sanitation, Dr. Henry and Jean Nebzydoski, Mike’s Heavy Equipment and Trailer Sales, and RR Wilmot and Excavating and Blacktop.
In the $2500 to $3,000 range were: The Honesdale National Bank, Kohrs Excavating, Jennz Café, E and R Roofing, Lester Log Homes, and Zeiler-Caruth Quality Meats.
At $2000 to $2500: Wallenpaupack Veterinary Clinic, Hardler Custom Meats, Flynn’s Naturescapes, Marshall Machinery Inc., Clay Winters, JR Bea Construction, Tallman Masonry, Inc., Dexter Construction Company, Dr. David and Michelle Rutledge, Mikita and Perkins Investments, Don Meyer, Case Tire Service, Inc., Rutledge Excavating, Burke Financial Group, and Four Story Hill Farm.
Buyers in the $1500 to $2000 range were: NEB Fence Inc., Shane Warnock, Marcia Dunsmore, Mander Fire Safety/Apple Day Spa, Bonham Farm, Dave’s Super Duper, Kelly Contracting and Remodeling, Woodland Design Associates, Rocky Meadows Farm, Jet and Bob Mermell, Remax of Wayne County, Bronson Farm, A & A Excavating, Dr. Michael Sheruda, and Endless Mountain Equine Clinic.
The sale kept up a brisk pace throughout the day with volunteer auctioneers Wayne Weaver, Bob Earl, Ralph Brenneman, John Wetmore, Ed Leaman, Tim Madden, Matt Madden, Tim Madden Jr., Archie Dutton, and Brian Non soliciting bids for project animals. During the sale, a barbecue was served to buyers, 4-H members, and their families.
For additional information, please contact: Wayne County Cooperative Extension, Dave Messersmith, 570-253-5970, or Jean Nebzydoski, Sale Story/Pictures, 570-448-2016, firstname.lastname@example.org.