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Steer fetches record $12,000 at fair

A 1,293-pound steer sold for $12,000 at Monday’s Allen County Fair livestock auction, breaking one of three auction sales records.

The Reserve Grand Champion beef steer belonged to Austin Rodenbeck. A large group of buyers bought the steer, but Ott Show Cattle pitched in the largest portion of the bid – about $9,000, said Wendy Cole, auction co-chairwoman.

Two other record-setters were:

•A market lamb owned by Jimmy Corbat bought by Farmers Grain of Arcola for $3,000

•The Grand Champion wether goat owned by Ashley Lewis, sold for $2,925 to a group of buyers called Friends & Family of Ashley Lewis

All three sellers were 10-year 4-H members.

Thirteen animals were bought and donated to a nonprofit organization headquartered in Corunna that provides meat to food pantries throughout northeast Indiana.

Bidders instructed the auction committee that they wanted the cattle, pigs, sheep and goats they bought to be donated to Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry. Butchering fees will be paid and the meat donated to the food bank.

The auction posted total sales of $143,182 from the 191 animals sold, Cole said.

“I think it was a very good year,” said Cole, who has served as co-chairwoman for nearly 18 years. “We are all very pleased with the auction and with the dollars earned from the event.”