Sixty-one blue ribbon market steers brought a total of $168,080 at the Washington Town and Country Fair Saturday.
The average price paid was $2.22 a pound. The market price Saturday was $1.10 a pound.
Last year 57 market steers were auctioned for a total of $151,018.75. The average price paid was $2.12 a pound.
No records were broken but the gross this year was considered good by Fair officials. The record per pound for steers was set in 2006. The record is $2.83 a pound.
In 2009, 72 steers sold for a total of $164,242.50. The average paid was $1.81 a pound.
The grand champion steer was shown by Jessica Siedhoff, New Haven 4-H Club, and it weighed 1,375 pounds. Happy Apple Company, Washington, paid $3.50 a pound for a total of $4,812.50 for the champion.
In 2010, the grand champion went for $5 a pound for a total of $6,450.
The reserve champion this year was exhibited by Joe Jasper, Leslie, a member of the Go Hog Wild 4-H Club. The Bank of Washington paid $3 a pound, a total of $4,013.75 for Jasper’s steer.
It was the second year in a row that Siedhoff’s steer was selected as the grand champion. And, she had the reserve champion in 2009.
The champion steer is a Maine/Angus crossbred.
In the judging Thursday night, 66 steers were shown. Only five received red ribbons. Only blue ribbon steers are eligible for the Fair auction.
Seven steers were purchased by the Bank of Washington, which has been a buyer for decades. HTH Companies, Union, was the successful bidder on five steers.
The steers were judged in weight classes.
The list of buyers and prices paid to exhibitors will be found elsewhere in this issue.