Saturday’s market hog auction at the Washington Fair did not break any records but the sale had the largest gross in the last five years.

There were 152 market hogs sold at the auction, raising $153,749.75 for young exhibitors.

That was one less hog sold than in 2011 when 153 animals were auctioned for $150,676.01.

The 2010 auction raised $105,437 with 141 hogs sold.

In 2009, 97 blue ribbon market hogs sold for $106,107.75. That year, 154 hogs were entered in the competition but only 97 were judged blue ribbon winners. Only market animals receiving blue ribbons are eligible for sale at the livestock auction.

All 152 hogs judged in last Thursday’s market hog competition were awarded blue ribbons.

The average price per pound paid Saturday was $3.69 per pound, compared to $3.82 a pound in 2011 and $2.80 per pound in 2010.

The market price for hogs Saturday was 65 cents per pound.

The average price in 2009 was $4.24 compared to $3.35 in 2008. The record average price was $6.41 per pound set in 2005.

In 2008, 169 hogs made it to the auction block, and sold for a total of $145,509.25.

In 2007, 171 hogs, the most ever, were auctioned for a total of $201,329.25 which was the third highest gross for the auction.

In 2006, 152 hogs sold for $217,696 which remains the record. In 2005, the hog auction netted $202,427.25 for young exhibitors.

This year’s grand champion hog was shown by Darby Schmidt, Defiance. It was the second year in a row that Darby exhibited the grand champion of the market hog show.

Her prize hog was purchased by Dolan Realtors, Union, which paid $2,430, or $9 per pound, for the 270-pound champion.

Dolan also purchased Darby’s grand champion last year for $9 per pound.

In 2010, the grand champion sold for $7 a pound or $1,827.

The 2009 grand champion sold for $10 a pound or $2,620. In 2008, the grand champion sold for $14 a pound or $3,696. In 2007, the grand champion sold for $20 per pound. The Fair record was set in 2006, when the champion brought $35 per pound.

This year, Backes & Toelke Agriculture, New Haven and Marthasville, added 25 cents to the per pound price for four hogs to ensure that the minimum auction price paid was $2.75 a pound.

Daniel Mallinckrodt, Augusta, exhibited the reserve champion market hog at this year’s Fair. State Farm Insurance/Diana Holdinghausen, was the successful bidder for the reserve champion, paying $9 per pound, or $2,502 for the 278-pound animal.

The $9 per pound price for the grand and reserve champions was the highest price per pound paid for market hogs Saturday.

In 2011, $19 was the highest price per pound paid.

In 2004, 124 blue ribbon hogs sold for $163,573, compared to 2003 when 94 hogs were auctioned for $128,532.

The 2001 auction grossed $120,090.35 for 130 blue ribbon hogs sold. The auction grossed $114,893.75 for 137 blue ribbon hogs in 2002.

Prior to 2001, the record gross had been $110,267.10 set in 1999 when 147 hogs were sold.

A complete list of auction buyers can be found elsewhere in this issue.