2012 Pocahontas County 4-H/FFA Livestock Show and Sale
Forty-seven Pocahontas County youth participated in this year’s 4-H/FFA Livestock Show and Sale on August 25 at the Pocahontas Producers Stockyards in Marlinton. A total of 81 animals were exhibited and judged (22 hogs, 35 lambs, 17 goats, five steers, and two feeder steers). Sixty-two animals were sold (five market steers, 20 market hogs, 23 market lambs, and 14 market goats) at the Livestock Sale which had a total sales volume of $34,690.
Showmanship contests were held for each animal species in both senior and junior divisions, with the following winners receiving trophies: Jordan Mann, Senior Beef; Mark Jordan, Junior Beef; Steven Casto, Senior Swine; Logan Burks, Junior Swine; Olivia Dean, Senior Goat; Melissa Murphy, Junior Goat; Spencer McCoy, Senior Sheep; and Michelle Murphy, Junior Sheep.
The Grand Champion Market Steer, exhibited by Danielle Mothes, was purchased by Mitchell Chevrolet for $2.25 per pound. Foodland/Sheets GMC purchased Jesse Walker’s Reserve Grand Champion Market Steer for $1.85 per pound.
The Grand Champion Market Hog, which was exhibited by Olivia Dean, was sold for $4 per pound to Southern States. They also purchased the Reserve Grand Champion Market Hog, exhibited by Olivia Workman, for $3.30 per pound.
The Grand Champion Market Lamb exhibited by Dalton Walker was purchased by Rockingham Coop. Monterey for $5 per pound. AmRon purchased the Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb, also exhibited by Dalton Walker, for $5 per pound.
The Grand Champion Market Goat, which was exhibited by Melissa Murphy, was sold for $7 per pound to Eugene Simmons. Frankford Veterinary Hospital purchased the Reserve Grand Champion Market Goat, exhibited by Cody Kiner, for $5.25 per pound.
The Grand Champion Feeder Steer was exhibited by Logan Mann. Jordan Mann exhibited the Reserve Grand Champion Feeder Steer.
Nearly $1,000 in show premiums were provided for all exhibitors through donations from City National Bank, Ben Wilfong/Mountain Top Angus, John and Robin Mutscheller, Gibson’s Feed and Grain, and Mary Ruth Kiner.
This year’s 4-H Cake, made by Jean McClure, was a chocolate sheet cake with white icing and green clovers. The cake was auctioned off during the livestock sale to Eugene Simmons for $350 which will be used for project premiums for all of the 4-Hers in the county. Glades Building Supply also made a contribution for project premiums.
Judges for the show were Tracy Christopher and Jerry Yates. Blix McNeill served as the announcer. David Hill auctioneered the sale that evening. Photographers were Heather Simmons and Jeff Bartley. Lunch consisting of hot dogs, hamburgers and roasted corn and was served by the Brushy Flat Bushwhackers 4-H Club. Pork and lamb barbecue dinners were provided by Morgan and Kim McComb.
The Pocahontas County 4-H and FFA exhibitors greatly appreciate the support of all the individuals and businesses who made this sale possible. Buyers and other contributors for the sale included: Allegheny Meats, AmRon, Blix McNeill, Boxley Aggregate, Citizens Bank of WV, Clifton Farm, Countryside Meat Processing, Dr. John Eilers, Eugene Simmons, Fas-Chek, First Tract Realty/David Simmons, Foodland, Frankford Veterinary Hospital, Hamilton’s Legacy, Harvest Equipment Co., Irvine Farms, Jacob and Melinda Meck, Jim Baxter, Kenny Copeland, Kniceley Insurance Agency, Martin Saffer, McCoy’s Market, Mitchell Chevrolet, Mosesso Agency, Nationwide Insurance, Paul Hill Farms, Pendleton Community Bank, Pine Run Forestry & Land/Jamie Kellison, Richmond Construction, Rockingham Coop. Monterey, Senator Walt Helmick, Sheets GMC, Southern States, VanReenen Funeral Home, and WV Metal Sales.
Livestock projects help to increase basic agricultural awareness, basic recordkeeping skills, and provide the opportunity for the exhibitors to build financial savings for higher education through selling their livestock. The show and sale are possible only through the generous support of businesses and individuals throughout our county and neighboring areas.