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Auction Closes Out Palo Alto County Fair

By Staff | Jul 28, 2016

ON?THE?BLOCK - Morgan Schmidt of the Ferm Valley 4-Hers guides her gilt through the auction ring Sunday afternoon to close out the 2016 Palo Alto County Fair. The All-Premium Auction brought the fair to a conclusion after a four-day run that was highlighted by extremely high temperatures the first two days of the fair. -- Dan Voigt photo

The All-Premium Auction of the 2016 Palo Alto County Fair raised $20,525 for the 50 premiums sold at auction Sunday afternoon. The average premium would end up at $410.50 for the exhibitors participating in the auction. This year’s auction raised $1,065 less than the 2015 auction total of $21,585, with the average premium $4.60 less than 2015’s $415.10 average.

To get the bids, it took some hard work in the show arena for the auctioneering corps of Dan Vonnahme, 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 Melanie Rouse recorded those bids with tabulations by Clyde Johnson.

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. A total of 30 buyers 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 Swine Sale

For the Market Swine auction, a total of $5,450 was paid out for the 14 premiums, some $2,225 more than the 2015 sale total of $3,225. The average premium worked out to $389.29, some $30.96 above last year’s $358.33 average.

The Supreme Champion Market Pig of Jordan Anderson drew a premium of $450 from The Cylinder Merchants and Wild Rose Casino and Resorts. The Supreme Reserve Champion Market Pig, shown by Matthew Reding, commanded a premium of $425 from Spencer Ag Center of Spencer.

Premiums paid in the swine auction ranged from the $300 to $675.

Market Lamb Sale

For the Market Lambs, the three premiums earned $925, which was $1,550 less than the $2,475 raised in 2015.. On the average, the exhibitors received an average premium of $308,33, which was $45.24 less that the 2015 average price of $353.57.

Levi Mogler’s Supreme Grand Champion market lamb would receive a premium of $300 from Jay and Julie Bargmann.

Premiums for the market lambs ranged from $300 to a top premium of $325 for the exhibitors.

Market Goat Sale

The Market Goat auction saw a total of $3,850 paid for the nine premiums, $250 more than the 2015 auction total of $3,600. The average premium for each exhibitor totaled $427.78, up $27.78 from last year’s premium of $400.

Kyle Licht’s Grand Champion Goat received a premium of $600, which was paid by Bakewell Investments of St. Louis, MO, while Austin Bergstrom’s Champion Breeding Doe fetched a $325 premium from Country View Acres. Premiums for the market goats ranged from $300 to $600.

Market Beef Sale

The auction of the market beef featured 20 premiums, which earned a total of $$8,525, which was $2,135 less than the 2015 auction total of $10,660. With an average of $426.25, the average was $37.53 less than the 2015 average price of $463.78, the exhibitors received a premium $84.70 below the 2013 premium average.

Kate Sorenson’s Supreme Grand Champion steer premium was sold to Craig Thu for a premium of $425, while the Supreme Reserve Champion shown by Adrianna Krieger fetched a premium of $350 from Chad Anderson Pioneer Seeds of Emmetsburg. The premiums paid to beef exhibitors ranged from $300 to $775.

Dairy Sale

The Dairy sale’s four premiums would earn $1,775, up $150 from the 2015 auction total of $1,625. That amount translates into an average premium of $443.75, up $37.50 over the 2015 average of $406.25.

Joe Chapman’s Champion Dairy animal drew a premium of $400 from Chad Anderson Pioneer Seeds of Emmetsburg while Lauren Kenyon’s Reserve Champion Dairy animal fetched a premium of $475 from the Solberg Seed of Cylinder. The dairy premiums paid ranged from $400 to $500.

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, Peteresen Insurance Agency Graettinger, Ernie Williams John Deere, Tom Eischen Sales, Whittemore Truck and Trailer, Bonnstetter Auto Body, Whittemore Frozen Foods, Elbert Chevrolet and King Farms..

Also purchasing livestock premiums during the auction on Sunday were

PRO Coop, Jay and Julie Bargman Pioneer Seeds, John and Bernie Kenyon, Wild Rose Casino and Resorts, Fareway Stores of Emmetsburg, Spencer Ag Center, Craig Thu, The Kerber Companies, Banwart Trucking, Hurley Farms, Country View Acres, Schmitt Family Farms, Kibbie Cattle Company, Energy Panel Structures and Trim Line Painting.

Also purchasing premiums in the auction were Solberg Seeeds, Ruppert Farms, M&M Concessions, Pat and Meredeth Vonnahme, Bakewell Investments, Zaugg Brothers Mowing, Randy Schmidt and Sons, Tom and Jim Kuecker and Spencer Agronomy.