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10/18/2011
Youth Take Home $67,100 Awarded in State Fair Junior Livestock Sale of Champions

Youth Take Home $67,100 Awarded in State Fair Junior Livestock Sale of Champions
Harris Teeter Contributed over 70 Percent of Day’s Total 

Charlotte, N.C. Oct. 18, 2011 – Harris Teeter purchased $48,900 worth of champion animals in the annual Junior Livestock Sale of Champions at the NC State Fair in Raleigh, N.C. on Saturday, Oct. 15. Junior livestock exhibitors from across the state collectively walked away with $67,100. The auction, which was held in the Jim Graham Building, featured junior livestock grand and reserve champions from the steer, barrow, lamb, goat and turkey contests. All protein from Harris Teeter’s purchases will be donated to local food bank partners.

“The Sale of Champions is a great way to encourage the next generation to work in agriculture,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “The auction also shows how goodness truly does grow in North Carolina.”

The junior market steer and N.C. Born And Bred grand champion was shown by William Jones of Barnardsville, N.C. Harris Teeter, three-time Beef Backer Award winner which recognizes establishments that are doing an outstanding job of marketing and merchandising beef at the meat case, placed the winning bid of $25,000. Martin Meats purchased the reserve grand champion junior market steer, also shown by Jones, for $10,000.

“This is the first year that the same animal took the top prize in both the junior market steer and N.C. Born and Bred competitions,” said State Fair livestock director Bruce Shankle.

Five-year-old Travis Cox of Richlands, N.C. handled the grand champion junior market barrow. Collin Blalock of Wilson, N.C. showed the reserve grand champion junior market barrow, which also won the N.C. Born and Bred category. Harris Teeter purchased both animals for $9,000 and $4,100, respectively.

Kayla Hampton of Mount Ulla, N.C. sold her junior market lamb and N.C. Born and Bred grand champion to Harris Teeter for $4,500, and Ridge Roberts of Shawboro, N.C. took home $3,300 from Harris Teeter for his reserve grand champion junior market lamb.

Kaelyn Mohrfeld of Pink Hill, N.C. had the junior market meat goat and N.C. Born and Bred grand champion, which Harris Teeter bought for $3,000. The reserve grand champion junior market meat goat, shown by Abigail Wilson of China Grove, N.C., was purchased by Iron Horse Auction and EBS Farms for $2,600.

N.C. Farm Bureau paid $3,000 for the grand champion market turkey shown by Emily Aycock of Elm City, N.C., and Talley Farms purchased the reserve champion market turkey shown by Chris Loehr of Garner, N.C. for $2,600.

For the second year in a row, a truckload auction was held after the Sale of Champions to sell the remaining junior livestock animals. In each animal category, final bids will be divided equally among all entrants.