Tipping the scales
Bids rained from the skies during Saturday’s livestock sale — which saw a record paid for a lamb that eventually helped a long-time 4-H scholarship fund — at the Auglaize County Fair.
Bidders packed into the show ring as hogs and lambs were displayed for sale in the new hog building. The morning kicked off with a frenzied bidding for the Grand Champion Market Barrow, showed by RaNae Bornhorst. When the final bids were tallied, the hog netted $8,000 for the daughter of Terri and Glenn Bornhorst.
“It feels good but I like winning better,” Bornhorst said after the sale. “I think winning is more of an accomplishment.”
During the sale, the auctioneer noted Bornhorst’s barrow had one of the largest hindquarters he had ever seen. Bornhorst, a member of Fryburg Happy Farmers, said she was unsure of how her barrow, Hulk, got so big.
“He just gained a lot of weight faster than most animals,” Bornhorst said.
The hours each day of walks, feedings and cleanings paid off.
Bornhorst, who has shown pigs for years, said she enjoyed spending time with her animals.
“I’d spend at least four hours a day,” Bornhorst said.
The 17-year-old has one more year left in 4-H. She noted she is looking forward to showing one more time.
“I really enjoy showmanship,” Bornhorst said. “They are big babies — I can sit in their pen with them and pet them and they just lay there.”
Ellie Horman’s Reserve Grand Champion Market Barrow sold for $3,500. Horman, the daughter of Lisa and John Horman, is a member of Fryburg Happy Farmers.
Annie Harrod, of Wapakoneta FFA, sold her Grand Champion Market Gilt for $6,500. Harrod, the daughter of Barb and Jeff Harrod, said she was amazed at the price her gilt fetched during the sale.
“It’s unbelievable,” Harrod said. “All the hard work really does pay off.”
Like clockwork, Harrod walked, fed and groomed her gilt every day. Harrod also made sure to clean out the animal’s pen.
The fair is a family affair for Harrod. She brought a pair of animals and her cousins also joined her at the fair.
“My little sisters brought two and my cousins had two of their own,” Harrod said. “It’s fun. They are easy and fun to take care of and they kind of become your own little pet.”
Harrod’s father, also an experienced hog raiser, got Annie started in the field.
“He’s been doing it ever since he was in high school,” Harrod said. “I always wanted to do it because he always did it and I figured I’d follow in his footsteps.”
New Knoxville Livestock Boosters member Faith Homan sold her Reserve Grand Champion Market Gilt for $3,300. Homan is the daughter of Beth and Allen Homan.
“I’ve never got that much for my pig before, so it’s a surprise,” Homan said. “I didn’t think I would get that much.”
Homan, 11, said she was attracted to hogs because the animals are intelligent.
“Since pigs are really smart, you don’t have to train them as much as the other animals,” Homan said. “I’ve been showing pigs for three years.”
Homan said she planned to put her proceeds in the bank for her college education.
Ali Muir, of Waynesfield All Around Livestock, sold her Grand Champion Market Lamb for $4,500. She is the daughter of Andra and Terry Muir.
Lauren Albers, of New Knoxville Livestock Boosters, sold her Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb for $3,200. She is the daughter of Amy and Dennis Albers.
The market lamb sale was highlighted by an act of generosity and a challenge issued by a long-time supporter of the Auglaize County Junior Fair.
Earl Schaub, who submitted a winning bid of $20,000 for his granddaughter Lauren Schaub’s lamb, issued a challenge to those who failed to outbid him — donate your bids to the Niki Schaub 4-H Scholarship Fund. The fund awards a $1,000 scholarship each year in honor of Schaub’s daughter.
“When our daughter got killed, she didn’t get to sell her lamb so we sold it at the auction 20 years ago and we decided to take that money and start the Niki Schaub 4-H Scholarship Fund,” Schaub said of Niki who was killed in a traffic accident in 1991. “All the money we got back at that time, which were donations from everyone just like today, we put that money in and we had approximately $15,000 at the time.”
In the wake of the recession, Schaub said the endowment decreased, which prompted him to seek a way to replace the lost funds. S&S Volvo and GMC Truck also recently established a scholarship that is presented each year.
“We’ve been striving to find ways to get more money into the fund so we can give out more scholarships,” Schaub said. “We thought of numerous different things and people have donated throughout the years.”
Schaub said he woke up in the middle of the night on Friday with an idea.
“They’ve been teasing me over the last several days about how much Lauren’s lamb would be,” Schaub said. “From that standpoint, I told them that they didn’t have enough money to do it. So I said, you guys get your list together and come see us if you can get it bought. They had enough money put together for about $13,000.”
Schaub generously donated $5,000 to the total. Schaub said supporting the fair, and the 4-Hers, is something he cherishes every year.
“I’ve been at this fair every year since I was 9-years-old,” Schaub said. “My kids all went through 4-H. They’ve all done showmanship. The fair has been great for us and we’ve made so many friends out of this.
“We enjoy it so much. We are here every day the fair goes on,” he said. “I think it’s the best thing kids can get into, it gives them a project to do and something to build their future on. It also teaches them a lot of responsibility and common sense.”