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All-Premiuim Auction Closes Out The 2009 Palo Alto County Fair

By Staff | Jul 28, 2009

Favorable weather and an outstanding field of exhibits were features of the 2009 edition of the Palo Alto County Fair, which ended its annual run Sunday with the All-Premium Livestock Auction. Through the volunteer efforts of auctioneers Dan Vonnahme, Tom Eberle, Jay Bargman, Pat Vonnahme and Sham Brown, over $35,000 was fetched in the bidding for the 73 total premiums sold on auction. Volunteer clerks Jane Naig of Wells Fargo bank, Sarah Bonnstetter of Iowa Trust and Savings Bank and Marc Riley of the Laurens State Bank kept the tally of the auction.

In the final tabulations, the 73 premiums sold at auction raised a total of $35,800, which is up $8,155 from the 2008 Fair Auction for 70 premiums. That translates into an average premium of $490.41 per exhibitor, up $95.48 from last year’s figure of $394.93.

A total of 34 buyers and cooperative buying groups participated in the all-premium auction. Under the system, the livestock entries, with the exception of dairy animals, are transported to terminal markets where they are sold at current market price, which is paid to the exhibitors. The bid at the all-premium auction is their “reward” for the work and efforts put into their respective project.

Market Beef Sale

The All Premium auction began with the market beef sale. A total of 32 lead calves and feeder pens came under the gavel, earning a total of $18,725 in premiums, or an average of $585.16 per exhibitor. That figure is $2,930 over last year’s totals, which averaged out to $120,90 more per exhibitor this year.

The Supreme Grand Champion steer shown by Josh Kibbie of Emmetsburg led off the beef sale. Kibbie’s steer was sold to Chad Anderson Pioneer Seeds for a $700 premium. Wise Milling purchased the Supreme Overall Reserve Champion, shown by Tayler Wegner of Emmetsburg, for a $575 premium. The high premium paid for beef was $2,000 by Heartland Beef for the feeder pen of calves shown by Katelyn Schany of Emmetsburg.

Beef premiums ranged from $300 to the $2,000 top for the 32 premiums.

Dairy Sale

The half-dozen dairy exhibitors received total premiums of $3,050, up $425 from last year’s $2,625 total. That translated into an average premium of $508.33 per exhibitor, up $216.66 from last year’s $291.67 average.

Cody Chapman’s Supreme Champion Dairy animal fetched a top premium of $800 in the auction, which was purchased by Animal Medical Centers of Spencer. The Supreme Reserve Champion Dairy animal, shown by Jenna Chapman of Ruthven, earned a premium of $500 from Spencer Agronomy. Premiums ranged from the high of $800 to $350 for the six exhibitors.

Market Swine Sale

For the swine auction, a total of $10,100 was raised for the 23 premium exhibitors at the fair, up $3,950 from last years auction total of $6,150, for an average premium of $439.15 per exhibitor, which was actually 14-cents less than last year’s average of $439.29.

As the auction began, a spirited bidding war started for Kyle Kassel’s Supreme Champion Market pig, which would eventually command a premium of $1,000, paid by Spencer Agronomy Services. Matt Ruppert’s Supreme Reserve Champion pig received a premium of $650, which was paid by Algona Livestock Auction and Vonnahme Feed.

Premiums paid in the swine auction ranged from the $1,000 top to $300.

Market Lamb Show

The 12 sheep exhibitors earned a total of $3,925 in the premium auction, up $850 from the 2008 sale total of $3,075. On the average, sheep exhibitors received an average of $327.08 for a premium, up $90.54 from the 2008 auction amount of $236.54.

Dustin Johnson’s Supreme Grand Champion market lamb would receive a premium of $400 from the Wild Rose Casino and Resort, while Ashley Brown’s Supreme Reserve Champion Market Lamb received a premium of $325 from Studer Trucking of West Bend.

Premiums for the market lambs ranged from $425 to $300 for the 12 exhibitors.

Auction Buyers

As has been the case for years and years, the generous support of businesses, individuals and buying cooperative groups once again came through on Sunday in the show pavilion at the Palo Alto County Fairgrounds.

There were two cooperative buying groups present at the county fair all-premium auction once again; the Cylinder Boosters and the Emmetsburg Booster groups.

Businesses and individuals supporting the Cylinder Booster group included Iowa Trust and Savings Bank, Cylinder Lions Club, Fred Reding DeKalb Seed Sales, Ohrtman Ag, Weisbrod Electric, Cylinder RV, Inc., Tom Eischen Sales, Ernie Williams Ltd., Steve and Chris Reding, The Rack Shack, JT Body Shop, King Family Farms, Kurt and Sarah Bonnstetter, Elbert Chevrolet, Whittemore Frozen Foods, Bonnstetter Auto Body, Estee Fogarty, Hi-Tech Recycling, Whittemore Truck & Trailer, Sandan’s Catering and Berkland Seed.

In the Emmetsburg Boosters buying cooperative effort, participants included POET Biorefining, Wells Fargo, AG Processing (AGP), Christensen Family Farms, Food Pride, Iowa Trust and Savings Bank, Mansmith Pharmacy, Building Centers, The Glass Shop,

Global Investments, LLC, Hardware Hank, Hughes, Brennan & Wirtz, Jensvold Motors, Johnson Realty, Ken Krause Motors, Laurens State Bank and Martin-Mattice Funeral Home. Also participating in the buying cooperative were Mehan, Holland & Central Financial Group, Pizza Ranch, Saxton’s Greenhouse, Dr. Dean Ver Mulm – Family Vision Care, Wentzel’s True Value/Just Ask Rental, America’s Best Value Inn – Suburban Motel, Stanley Propane, Emmetsburg Collision, Financial Center, Handeland Chiropractic, Hersom Commodities, Emmetsburg Chiropractic, Edward Jones and Christensen Family Farms.

Also purchasing livestock premiums during the auction on Sunday were Chad Anderson Pioneer Seeds, Wise Milling, Emmetsburg Veterinary Clinic, Joe Schuller Electric, Heartland Beef, Jay Bargman Pioneer Seeds, Midway Farms, West Iowa Bank and the Mallard Veterinary Clinic.

Additionally, Kerber Milling, Senator Jack Kibbie, Pro Cooperative and the Wild Rose Casino and Resorts also purchased premiums, along with Fareway Stores of Emmetsburg, Spencer Ag, Bert Naig-Golden Harvest Seed, Larry Ruppert, Energy Panel Structures (EPS), Spencer Livestock and Roumain Ruppert.

Other premium auction buyers included the Animal Medical Center of Spencer, Spencer Agronomy, Jeff Joyce, Algona Livestock Exchange and Vonnahme Feeds, Northwest Livestock, Banwart Trucking, Rick Hurley, Springer Propane, Studer Trucking, Ron and Mary Mader and Country View Acres.