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Bid wars at premium sale

By John Miller, 09/15/23 10:37 AM

PRESCOTT – This year’s premium sale kicked off a bit differently as South Central Connect gathered all the youngsters showing to give them add-on money for their animals.

Add on money is nothing new, but having it done before the sale, and one company giving to all showers is out of the ordinary. Once this was done, it was on to the show arena where 37 young people showed their animals and had them bid on. There were times when bid wars occurred when two buyers really wanted the same animal. This drove the price up, which, in turn, helped the person showing as they prepare for the district show and possibly the state fair, or maybe just getting another animal ready for next year’s livestock premium sale.

First up was Marley Godwin’s supreme heifer which went for $775, bought by Tyler and Son. Dr. Mike Young bought Christopher Hernandez’ supreme bull for $500, while Ciba Gas dropped $300 on KelShawn Murphey’s grand champion market hog. Tessa Stone received $350 from Ciba Gas for her grand champion market lamb, with Ciba Gas also buying Lane Ward’s grand champion market steer for $300. Calvary Church got into the mix by buying Hudson Dendy’s reserve champion market hog for $400, with Dr. Young picking up Jullien Stafford’s reserve champion market goat for $400. Farmer’s Bank and Trust bid $600 for Breanna Dillard’s reserve supreme heifer, while Ciba Gas spent $100 on Emilee Goodwin’s poultry chain. Jace Morrison walked away with $300 from Farmers Bank and Trust for his third overall market hog.

Haylie Pickett earned $325 for her grand champion commercial gilt, bought by Farm Credit, with Cora Carlton getting $100 from Farmer’s Bank and Trust for her third overall market lamb. Blaine Keifer received $300 from Dr. Young for his third overall market goat, and Ciba Gas got Bentley Palmer’s reserve champion single fryer rabbit for $125. Ciba Gas also bought Caleb Reyes’ third overall heifer for $125. Calvary Church bid $325 for Alivia Key’s grand commercial ewe. Ameliah McKay’s grand dairy doe brought $200 from EM Plant Service, while Farmers Bank and Trust got Jason Stockton’s best of show poultry for $200. Bella Winfield’s fourth overall heifer brought a hefty $775 from Farm Credit, with Levi Morrison’s fourth overall market hog bought for $200 by Fred and Debbie Harris. Calvary Church bought Grayson Jackson’s fourth overall market lamb for $475, while Dr. Young spent $400 on Wyatt Keifer’s fourth overall market goat. Marcus Swinney’s poultry chain went for $100 to Ciba Gas, with Emmaline Ward getting $600 from Ciba Gas for her fifth overall heifer. Jeremeire Purifoy’s commercial guilt was bought for $350 by Riley and Rachel Godwin, with Dr. Young purchasing Kinsleigh Lester’s fifth overall market lamb for $200.

Addie Ridling went home with $550 from Southwest Arkansas Title for her grand commercial doe, and Emma Smith got $425 from EM Plant Service for her fifth overall market goat. Jean Swinney’s best of show rabbit brought $150 from SWAR Title, and the Bank of Delight bought Dacey Faulkner’s fifth overall market hog for $375. Hunter PIckett’s commercial gilt went for $375 with the Bank of Delight having the winning bid. Westin Lester’s market lamb went for $225 to SWAR Title, Tinzlie Esada earned $200 from Fred and Debbie Harris for her market goat. Fred and Debbie Harris also bought Jose Banda’s market hog for 4250. Mavis McKay’s dairy goat was sold to Tyson Foods for $400. The big winner, sale wise, went to Avery Jackson whose market hog went for $1,125 to the Bank of Delight.