Putnam Co. Junior Fair livestock sale shows off hard work


By Josh Ellerbrock - jellerbrock@limanews.com



Champion Meat Chickens, Miller City New Cleveland Gree Promise, $1,050 — Dillion Peck

Reserve Champion Meat Chickens, Glandorf Bright Futures, $575 — Connor Haselman

Champion Ducks, Continental Lucky Stars, $400 — Parker Wildermuth

Champion Turkeys, Columbus Grove Livestock, $700 — Trent Koch

Grand Champion Pen of Three Rabbits, Miller City FFA, $1,500 — Chloe Lammers

Reserve Grand Champion Pen of Three Rabbits, P-G Grow & Show, $900 — Olivia Schulte

Champion Market Ewe Lamb, O-G High Risers, $2,000 — Karlee Maag

Reserve Champion Market Ewe Lamb, P-G Grow & Show, $1,600 — Mikayla Bockrath

Champion Market Wether Lamb, Pounding Hooves, $2,000 — Ashley Maag

Reserve Champion Market Wether Lamb, Fort Jennings Showmen, $800 — Jacob Wiechart

Grand Champion Market Goat, O-G High Risers, $3,525 — Sydney Kleman

Reserve Champion Market Goat, Miller City New Cleveland Green Promise, $1,700 — Kylie Peck

Reserve Champion Bred and Fed, Miller City New Cleveland Green Promise, $800 — Dylan Schroeder

Champion Dairy Feeder Calf, Fort Jennings Showmen, $2,500 — Connor Hoersten

Reserve Champion Dairy Feeder Calf, Miller City New Cleveland Green Promise, $600 — Kaleb Gable

Grand Champion Beef Feeder Calf, Columbus Grove Livestock, $2,400 — Reed Schumachher

Reserve Grand Champion Beef Feeder Calf, Fort Jennings Showmen, $2,500 — Troy Calvelage

Grand Champion Beef Steer, Miller City FFA, $5,200 — Dakota Warnimont

Reserve Grand Champion Beef Steer, Kalida Go Getters, $2,700 — Lauren Schulte

Champion Dairy Steer, Miller City FFA, $1,400 — Ashley Schroeder

Reserve Champion Dairy Steer, Miller City New Cleveland Green Promise, $1,300 — Ryan Schroeder

Champion Bred and Fed, Fort Jennings Showmen, $2,400 —Jacob Wiechart

Reserve Champion Bred and Fed, Columbus Grove Livestock, $2,700 — Riley Schumacher

Champion Gilt, Columbus Grove Livestock, $2,910 — Easton Osting

Champion Barrow, Columbus Grove Livestock, $1,400 — Samantha Baldridge

Reserve Champion Gilt, Columbus Grove Livestock, $1,525 — Hunter Sudlow

Reserve Champion Barrow, Miller City New Cleveland Green Promise, $1,700 — Dakota Warnimont

OTTAWA — Putnam Junior Fair King Reese Mangas said standing in front of the crowd to see what local businesses will give you for raising a hog can be “kind of odd,” but you have to “be happy with all you get.”

The roughly four-hour Putnam County Junior Fair Livestock Sale stretched throughout Friday morning, and as the day moved along, more and more people flocked to the shade of the show area to find relief from the rising temperatures of the day.

Mangas and Junior Fair Queen Megan Schulte sat on the sidelines and handed out signs to the children lining up to stand in front of the auctioneer’s booth. Schulte herself was able to grab $1,900 for her market beef cow.

“It does pay to be the queen,” the auctioneer remarked.

Schulte later clarified: She wasn’t queen when she made her rounds to local businesses to find support. Her work was done without royal status.

The sale doesn’t actually sell any livestock, although livestock are involved. Many listen to the bouncing auctioneer’s voice from speakers installed in their barn stalls not far from the main action.

Rather, the sale is more of graduation to show off the efforts of the children in 4-H. But instead of caps and gowns, they wear the traditional uniform of cowboy boots, jeans and plaid button-down shirts. Many have spent months raising and feeding livestock, learning the business and teaching the animal how to parade in front of judges.

The specifics of each animal differs. As highschool grad Taylor Roth explained, her angus cow Whiskey is being judged on its shape, the line of its back and the size of its rear end. Show cows, however, have different specifications the judges are looking for.

“They look like a little table,” Roth said.

Taylor has been involved in the livestock sale for the last five years. She attends the fair with her family — aunts, uncles, grandparents, parents and siblings. Since it’s her last year, she plans on passing the torch to her younger sister.

“It’s fun,” her mother, Paula Roth, said. “It’s a lot of work, but it’s fun.”

The specialization of each animal has allowed some families to carve out their niches. Schulte explained that pork competitions tend to be a highly competitive arena in Putnam County, although market beef showdowns bring out some of the best. Top champions in those categories tend to grab thousands of dollars.

Grand champion and reserve champion animals of all categories, however, get a victory lap in front of the auctioneer’s booth and the added benefit of getting recognition in the newspaper.

By Josh Ellerbrock

jellerbrock@limanews.com

Champion Meat Chickens, Miller City New Cleveland Gree Promise, $1,050 — Dillion Peck

Reserve Champion Meat Chickens, Glandorf Bright Futures, $575 — Connor Haselman

Champion Ducks, Continental Lucky Stars, $400 — Parker Wildermuth

Champion Turkeys, Columbus Grove Livestock, $700 — Trent Koch

Grand Champion Pen of Three Rabbits, Miller City FFA, $1,500 — Chloe Lammers

Reserve Grand Champion Pen of Three Rabbits, P-G Grow & Show, $900 — Olivia Schulte

Champion Market Ewe Lamb, O-G High Risers, $2,000 — Karlee Maag

Reserve Champion Market Ewe Lamb, P-G Grow & Show, $1,600 — Mikayla Bockrath

Champion Market Wether Lamb, Pounding Hooves, $2,000 — Ashley Maag

Reserve Champion Market Wether Lamb, Fort Jennings Showmen, $800 — Jacob Wiechart

Grand Champion Market Goat, O-G High Risers, $3,525 — Sydney Kleman

Reserve Champion Market Goat, Miller City New Cleveland Green Promise, $1,700 — Kylie Peck

Reserve Champion Bred and Fed, Miller City New Cleveland Green Promise, $800 — Dylan Schroeder

Champion Dairy Feeder Calf, Fort Jennings Showmen, $2,500 — Connor Hoersten

Reserve Champion Dairy Feeder Calf, Miller City New Cleveland Green Promise, $600 — Kaleb Gable

Grand Champion Beef Feeder Calf, Columbus Grove Livestock, $2,400 — Reed Schumachher

Reserve Grand Champion Beef Feeder Calf, Fort Jennings Showmen, $2,500 — Troy Calvelage

Grand Champion Beef Steer, Miller City FFA, $5,200 — Dakota Warnimont

Reserve Grand Champion Beef Steer, Kalida Go Getters, $2,700 — Lauren Schulte

Champion Dairy Steer, Miller City FFA, $1,400 — Ashley Schroeder

Reserve Champion Dairy Steer, Miller City New Cleveland Green Promise, $1,300 — Ryan Schroeder

Champion Bred and Fed, Fort Jennings Showmen, $2,400 —Jacob Wiechart

Reserve Champion Bred and Fed, Columbus Grove Livestock, $2,700 — Riley Schumacher

Champion Gilt, Columbus Grove Livestock, $2,910 — Easton Osting

Champion Barrow, Columbus Grove Livestock, $1,400 — Samantha Baldridge

Reserve Champion Gilt, Columbus Grove Livestock, $1,525 — Hunter Sudlow

Reserve Champion Barrow, Miller City New Cleveland Green Promise, $1,700 — Dakota Warnimont

Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.

Reach Josh Ellerbrock at 567-242-0398.

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