As twin brothers Landon and Jeremy Ternet tugged their steers toward the show arena Monday, both agreed that knowing this would be their last time in the barn as Allen County 4-H’ers was a strange feeling.
Since their first 4-H fair in 2004, the twins have spent every fair week together, hanging out with friends, roaming the fairgrounds and of course, showing their livestock.
But the day marked a special end for both of them – their final 4-H Livestock Auction.
Monday’s auction at the Allen County Fairgrounds saw total sales of about $115,000 from the 172 animals sold, said Randy Lewis, livestock auction committee co-chair.
Throughout their 10 years in 4-H, the twins agreed they had learned the basics – like responsibility and taking care of their animals – but also lessons about competition and friendship.
“We know pretty much everyone here by now. After 10 years, you get to know most people,” Jeremy said.
But along with the important lessons came a bit of friendly competition between the two brothers, the adopted sons of Rob and Kim Ternet of New Haven.
“I always win,” Landon said. “ … It’s nice not knowing how to lose.”
Landon explained that his dairy beef steer had been named the Reserve Grand Champion.
“Easy competition, you know,” Landon said as his brother grinned, shaking his head.
“Until your little brother comes through!” the twin’s 12-year-old brother Garret added.
Each year, the twins choose a theme for naming their animals, Jeremy said. This year’s choice was transportation.
Landon’s 1,562-pound steer named “Rick Shaw” sold for $2,750 and Jeremy’s 1,278-pound steer named “Bus” fetched $2,500.
The money they received will go into a fund for college, the brothers said.
In the fall, the twins will head to college at the University of Northwestern Ohio where Landon plans to study agricultural business and Jeremy will study diesel mechanics.
Both then plan to return to Ternet Farms to work for the family’s freight shipping and trucking company in New Haven.
As the twins wrapped up their final time in the show ring Monday, both agreed it was a bittersweet feeling to know they were done with their time as 4-H’ers, but that this won’t be their last time watching from the arena.
“We’ll be back,” Jeremy said, giving his younger brother a playful poke. “He’s going to need our help.”
Garret quipped that he didn’t need help and, after just four years in 4-H, he was already as good as his brothers.
“He’s actually telling the truth,” Jeremy said.
A few minutes later, Garret rushed excitedly from the arena, boasting that his 296-pound dairy beef feeder calf had been sold for $2,100 – a new fair record. The previous record was $2,000.
“Told you!” he shouted, taking a spot in front of his brothers as they posed for a final fair portrait.
Other record-setting sales during Monday’s auction included a 284-pound pig owned by 10-year 4-H member Spencer Malcolm that was sold for $8,500. The previous record was $6,500.
And the third record was set by a basket of a dozen eggs sold by 10-year 4-H member Conner Scheumann that sold for $1,400. The previous record was $650.
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