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Premium Auction Concludes Palo Alto County Fair

By Staff | Jul 30, 2015

COMING?THROUGH?THE?RING - Luke Carter leads his market beef through the ring for the All-Premium Auction to close out the 2015 Palo Alto County Fair Sunday afternoon. Ringmen Dan and Pat Vonnahme scan the audience for bidders on Carter’s project. -- Dan Voigt photo

With fewer livestock entries at this year’s Palo Alto County Fair, the All-Premium Auction Sunday afternoon raised a total of $19,550 in premiums for the for the 48 exhibitors taking part in the Premium auction event. That figures out to an average premium of $407.29 for each youth.

The overall auction total was $2,035 less than the 2014 auction total. Higher livestock prices at the start of project periods earlier this year played a significant role in the decline in livestock numbers at this year’s fair.

To get the bids, it took some hard work in the show arena for the auctioneering corps of Dan Vonnahme, Jay Bargman, Tom Eberle and Pat Vonnahme worked the crowd for the premium bids, while auction clerks Melissa Butz of Wells Fargo Bank of Emmetsburg along with Lydia Reding and Janet Kenyon recorded those bids with tabulations by Clyde Johnson and Julie Naig.

Prior to the start of the All Premium Auction, some special recognition was given to donors presenting an additional premium payment to each exhibitor. Continuing a trend they started in 2010, Eric and Mary Woodford, owners of Woodford Equipment of Emmetsburg donated an additional $5 to be added to the premium of each auction participant. Also providing a $5 per auction participant premium was the Building Center of Emmetsburg. A special premium was paid the breeding beef heifer exhibitors by Schmidt Brothers of Ayrshire and a donation to the auction fund was furnished by VanHeuvelen Properties of Emmetsburg. The Emmetsburg Auction Boosters also awarded $15 per auction exhibitor as an added premium.

A total of 30 buyers and two 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.

Dairy Sale

The Dairy sale’s three exhibitors earned a total premium of $950, which was $675 less than what was paid out in the 2014 auction. That amount translates into an average premium of $316. or , $90.25 less than in 2014.

Kirk Kenyon’s Champion Dairy entry drew a premium of $325 from Solberg Seed and Chemical of Cylinder, while Ryan Kenyon’s Reserve Champion fetched a premium of $325 from Solberg Seed and Chemical of Cylinder.

The dairy premiums paid ranged from $320 to $325.

Market Swine Sale

In the Market Swine auction, a total of $3,750 was paid out to the 11 swine exhibitors going under the gavel, which was $525 more than the $3,225 paid in the 2014 auction.The average premium worked out to $340.67, just $17.66 below last year’s average premium.

The Supreme Champion Market Pig of Matthew Reding drew a premium of $500 from the Spencer Ag Center in Spencer, while the Supreme Reserve Champion Market Pig, shown by Laney Montag, commanded a premium of $275 from Jay Bargman Pioneer Seeds of Rodman.

Premiums paid in the swine auction ranged from the $250 to $500.

Market Lamb Sale

For the Market Lamb auction, the seven exhibitors earned $1,800 in the auction, which was down $675 from the $2,475 raised in 2014. On the average, the exhibitors received an average premium of $257.14, which was $96.43 less than the average from 2014.

Kollasch Joyce’s Supreme Grand Champion market lamb would receive a premium of $350 from the PRO Cooperative, while Delaney Joyce’s Supreme Reserve Champion Market Lamb received a premium of $375 from PRO?Cooperative.

Premiums for the market lambs ranged from $225 to a top premium of $375 for the sheep exhibitors.

Market Goat Sale

The nine Market Goat exhibitors commanded $3,450 in premiums in the auction, just $150 less than the $3,600 raised in 2014. The average premium for each exhibitor totaled $383.33, which was just $16.67 less than the 2014 average.

Jenna Joyce’s Grand Champion Goat received a premium of $525, which was paid by the Kerber Companies of Emmetsburg, while Lexi Brown’s Reserve Champion Goat fetched a $275 premium from the Wild Rose Casino and Resorts of Emmetsburg.

Premiums for the market goats ranged from $275 to $525.

Market Beef Sale

Rounding out the All Premium auction were the Market Beef animals, where the 24 exhibitors, received a total of $9,600, which was $2,035, less than the 2014 auction total of $10,660. With an average of $400, the exhibitors received a premium $63.78 below the 2014 premium average.

Anna Sorenson’s Supreme Grand Champion steer premium was sold to Craig Thu, Pat Sorenson and MMJ?Cattle for a premium of $525, while the Supreme Champion Breeding Female shown by Justin Schmidt fetched a premium of $275 from PRO?Cooperative. The premiums paid to beef exhibitors ranged from $250 to $600.

Auction Buyers

Without the loyal and generous support of individuals, businesses and buying cooperative groups, the Premium Auction would not be possible. That belief in the future of youth was displayed again during Sunday’s auction.

The buyers’ cooperatives from Emmetsburg and Cylinder stepped up again to support the youth of the county throughout the entire auction. Those businesses and individuals supporting the Cylinder Merchants group included Iowa Trust and Savings Bank, Cylinder RV, Fred Reding Seed Sales, Steve and Chris Reding, Weisbrod Electric, Cylinder RV, Bob and Tessie Hoch, Ohrtman Ag, Haack’s Nest, J.T. Body Shop, King Excavation, Estee Fogarty, Petersen Insurance Agency Graettinger, Ernie Williams John Deere, Tom Eischen Sales, Whittemore Truck and Trailer, Bonnstetter Auto Body, Whittemore Frozen Foods and Elbert Chevrolet.

Members of the Emmetsburg Auction Boosters Cooperative included POET Biorefining, AG Processing (AGP), Mansmith Pharmacy, Iowa Trust and Savings Bank, Hughes Pharmacy, The Glass Shop, Hardware Hank and Jensvold Motors. Also participating in the Emmetsburg Auction Boosters group were Hughes, Brennan and Wirtz, Johnson Realty, Laurens State Bank, Martin-Mattice Funeral Home, Mehan, Holland & Central Financial Group, Pizza Ranch, Ver Mulm Eye Clinic, Wentzel’s True Value/Just Ask Rental, Emmetsburg Collision, Emmetsburg Chiropractic, Building Centers of Emmetsburg and Estherville, Reedy Eye Clinic, The Financial Center and the USDA Soil and Water Conservation Service.

Also purchasing livestock premiums during the auction on Sunday were

PRO Coop, Lyle and Linda Kenobbie, ADM Feeds-Mike Salz, Jay and Julie Bargman Pioneer Seeds, John and Bernie Kenyon, Wild Rose Casino and Resorts, Fareway Stores of Emmetsburg, Spencer Ag Center, Craig and Karen Thu and Pat Sorenson and MMJ Cattle.

Other premium auction buyers included The Kerber Companies, Banwart Trucking, Hurley Farms, Country View Acres, Schmitt Family Farms, Kibbie Cattle Company, Jack Kibbie, Pat Gappa, Energy Panel Structures and Trim Line Painting

Also purchasing premiums in the auction were Schuller Electric, Keith and Diane VanKleek, Solberg Seed and Chemicals, Ruppert Farms, Ruppert Show Cattle and JADE Farms.