Records are made to be broken.
The Washington Fair Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction Saturday smashed the record set in 2015.
The new record gross is $473,158.50. The old record was $457,897.
The total gross last year was $450,573.
There were 170 market hogs auctioned, 47 market steers, 24 market lambs and 11 milk buckets.
The breakdown of the auction results:
Hogs, $250,982, $5.38 average per pound;
Steers, $167,772.50, $2.84 average per pound;
Lambs, $32,904, $10.65 average per pound;
Dairy, Milk Buckets, $21,500, average per bucket $2,558.82.
The grand champion hog sold for $10 a pound for a total of $2,820. The exhibitor was Taylor Scheer, New Haven. The hog weighed 282 pounds.
The top steer sold for $5 a pound for a total of $6,600. Olivia Jacquin, Marthasville, exhibited the grand champion, which weighed 1,320 pounds.
Braun Lebish’s grand champion lamb sold for $3,217.50, or $22.50 a pound. He is from Leslie. It weighed 143 pounds.
Blake Vedder, New Haven, exhibited the grand champion dairy cow. His milk bucket sold for $2,250.
Here is what bidders paid last year:
Lambs, $22,197; and Dairy, $8,100.
The top buyers of hogs were Sieve Contractors/hth companies, with 13, and the Bank of Washington and Thermal Tech, each with nine purchases.
The leading buyers of steers were the Bank of Washington with seven, and Sieve Contractors/hth companies with five.
Bidding was spirited at times and the large crowd for the most part stayed for the entire auction, which lasted just minutes under five hours.
The auctioneer was Farmer Dave Schumacher of KTRS Radio, St. Louis. The veteran auctioneer is a familiar face at the Fair auction, and really moves the event along with dispatch. He was assisted by Ken Bolte of the University of Missouri Extension Office. Ken also is a Washington Fair veteran and leads cheers for MU when livestock donors for the university’s student-athletes are announced.
Bidders enjoyed a free lunch at the Elks Lodge before the auction, which started at noon. Buyers were given a free steak dinner after the auction at the Elks.