A new record was set for total sales at the 153rd Washington County Fair’s Junior Livestock Auction Friday.
Unofficial totals for the 260 lots in this year’s sale hit $922,247, shattering 2019’s record of $814,450. 2020’s auction total was $729,400.
Grand and Reserve Champions altogether sold for $97,000, including $55,000 for Grand Champions and $42,000 for Reserve Champions. In 2020, Grand and Reserve Champions sold altogether for $76,000, with Grand Champions selling for $44,750 and Reserve Champions bringing in $31,250.
Two individual records fell during the auction, those being for Grand Champion Barrows and Goats. The Grand Champion Barrow of Kannon Koehler sold for $13,000 to LaRoche GM Dealerships, Philips Veterinary Hospital, Kieke Egg Farm, Bank of Brenham, Brenham National Bank, Somerville Farm and Ranch, Batter’s Box, J&J Packing, Carmine Feed and Fertilizer, B&B Cattle, Fritsch Cattle Company, Cattleman’s Supply, Lampe Surveying, Brenham Veterinary Hospital, Holtkamp Realty Consultants, Capital Farm Credit and the Marty Spivey family.
The Grand Champion Goat of Kenley Mikolajchak sold for $9,000 to Hermann Alarms, David and Wanda Hermann, Metal and More, Thielemann Construction, Pooltex American and Hermann Electric, LLC.
The Grand Champion Steer of McKenzie Tiemann sold for $9,500 to J&J Packing. Kendal Gurka’s Grand Champion Lamb also went to J&J Packing for $6,750. The Grand Champion Rabbits of Kaylen Kruse sold for $4,750 to Brenham Dodge, while Parker Hejl’s Grand Champion Broilers also went for $4,750 to Walcik Construction. Ryan Rosenbaum’s Grand Champion Carcass Hog sold to Washington County Tractor for $4,000, and the Grand Champion Turkey of Addison Schramme sold to Citizens State Bank for $3,250.
For Reserve Champions, the highest seller was Houston Hodde’s Barrow for $7,750 to J&J Packing. The Reserve Champion Steer of Cassidy Fuchs sold for $7,250 to Hodde Real Estate, Mike Hopkins Distributing and Tegeler Toyota and Chevrolet.
The Reserve Champion Broilers of Emma Marth went for $5,750 to Wellmann Insurance, Capital Farm Credit, Citizens State Bank, Appel Ford Hyundai, H-E-B, KTEX/KWHI, Brenham Produce, Boeker Ag Service and J&J Packing.
The Reserve Champion Carcass Hog shown by Carl Mitz sold for $5,500 to Monkey Wrench Garage and Schultz Cattle Company. Eli Saunders’ Reserve Champion Goat sold to J&J Packing for $4,750, while Katelin Seeker’s Reserve Champion Turkey went for $4,250 to Rob’s Fun Center, Texas Farm Credit and TG Trucking. The Reserve Champion Lamb of Tanna Thiel sold to Washington Animal Clinic for $4,000, and the Reserve Champion Rabbits of Emmy Kate Boyd sold to Collier Construction for $2,750.
The fair concludes today (Saturday) with the livestock judging contest at 8 a.m., Little Wrangler Hay Hauling at 9 a.m., Youth Country Creations Auction at 10 a.m. and pet show at 10:30 a.m. Awards for the livestock judging contest will be presented at 1 p.m., which will also mark the beginning of the commercial steer auction. The colt sale and commercial heifer sale will be held at 2 p.m.
The Heart of America Carnival will open at 2 p.m. and offer all-you-can-ride wristbands for $30. Youth hay hauling and the greased pig contest will be held at 6 p.m., followed by mutton bustin’ at 6:30 p.m. and other rodeo action at 7:30 p.m.
Entertainment this evening includes Bubba Westly at the food court at 5 p.m., with performances at the entertainment pavilion from Rick Trevino at 9 p.m. and Clay Walker at 11 p.m.
KWHI will have live reports from the fair this morning starting at 9 a.m.
2021 JUNIOR LIVESTOCK AUCTION
TOTAL SALE (UNOFFICIAL): $922,247
GRAND CHAMPIONS ($55,000):
BARROWS -- Kannon Koehler, Sandy Hill 4-H, $13,000 (R), LaRoche GM Dealerships, Philips Veterinary Hospital, Kieke Egg Farm, Bank of Brenham, Brenham National Bank, Somerville Farm and Ranch, Batter’s Box, J&J Packing, Carmine Feed and Fertilizer, B&B Cattle, Fritsch Cattle Company, Cattleman’s Supply, Lampe Surveying, Brenham Veterinary Hospital, Holtkamp Realty Consultants, Capital Farm Credit, Marty Spivey family
BROILERS -- Parker Hejl, Salem 4-H, $4,750, Walcik Construction
CARCASS HOGS -- Ryan Rosenbaum, Burton FFA, $4,000, Washington County Tractor
GOATS -- Kenley Mikolajchak, Prairie Hill 4-H, $9,000 (R), Hermann Alarms, David and Wanda Hermann, Metal and More, Thielemann Construction, Pooltex American, Hermann Electric, LLC
LAMBS -- Kendal Gurka, Prairie Hill 4-H, $6,750, J&J Packing
RABBITS -- Kaylen Kruse, Salem 4-H, $4,750, Brenham Dodge
STEERS -- McKenzie Tiemann, Burton 4-H, $9,500, J&J Packing
TURKEYS -- Addison Schramme, Sandy Hill 4-H, $3,250, Citizens State Bank
RESERVE CHAMPIONS ($42,000):
BARROWS -- Houston Hodde, Burton 4-H, $7,750, J&J Packing
BROILERS -- Emma Marth, Zionsville 4-H, $5,750, Wellmann Insurance, Capital Farm Credit, Citizens State Bank, Appel Ford Hyundai, H-E-B, KTEX/KWHI, Brenham Produce, Boeker Ag Service, J&J Packing
CARCASS HOGS -- Carl Mitz, Washington 4-H, $5,500, Monkey Wrench Garage, Schultz Cattle Company
GOATS -- Eli Saunders, Burton FFA, $4,750, J&J Packing
LAMBS -- Tanna Thiel, Burton FFA, $4,000, Washington Animal Clinic
RABBITS -- Emmy Kate Boyd, Prairie Hill 4-H, $2,750, Collier Construction
STEERS -- Cassidy Fuchs, Burton FFA, $7,250, Hodde Real Estate, Mike Hopkins Distributing, Tegeler Toyota and Chevrolet
TURKEYS -- Katelin Seeker, Brenham FFA, $4,250, Rob's Fun Center, Texas Farm Credit, TG Trucking