Warren County

Livestock auction nets more than $497,000 at this year's Warren County Fair

By Jason Koch, Editor
Posted 7/20/23

There were 184 entries in this year's auction that brought in a net total of $497,694.52, smashing the record set in 2021.

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Livestock auction nets more than $497,000 at this year's Warren County Fair


The livestock auction at the Warren County Fair netted more than $497,000 this year.

Fifty-six entries into the market beef category brought in $336,168.75. Thirty-six entries in the market swine category brought in $89,106. These were followed by 28 entries in market goats for $39,909.50; 27 entries in market rabbit for $28,950; 26 entries in market poultry for $29,150; and 11 entries in market lamb for $23,333.25.

After flooring, the net total was $497,694.52 for the 184 entries. The mark set a new record, breaking the total from the 2021 auction.

Both totals surpassed the 2022 auction, which saw 167 entries generate $447,716.

“That was awesome to see, that’s for sure,” said Wes Colbert, livestock auction board member. “I thought the entire week went really well.”

Colbert said the only thing the board might look to change for next year is to make things a little more efficient during the auction.

PHOTO GALLERY: See all the trophy winners

“We had some folks waiting in line a little bit,” he said. “We’re going to help speed that process up. We’re going to do what we can to make that a little more efficient for them.”

Overall, Colbert said he was happy with the way everything went this year.

“We’re super grateful for the fair board,” he said. “It’s a great partnership.”

He also praised the local businesses that helped bring in the record total.

“There’s only a record number because of the support from the businesses,” Colbert said. “We wouldn’t be able to do this for the kids without their support.

PHOTO GALLERY: See the grand and reserve grand champions

Grand champions for each animal category were:

  • Poultry - Jaycee Cross
  • Beef - Reagan Vehige
  • Hog - Tate Mikus
  • Lamb - Shane Vehige
  • Goat - Isabella Miller
  • Rabbit - Luke Gerdeman

Top earners in each category were:

  • Poultry - Olivia Pollard, $3,400
  • Beef - Taylor Frye, $15,067.50
  • Hog - Luke Kopmann, $4,032
  • Lamb - Shane Vehige, $6,536.25
  • Goat - Isabella Miller, $3,575
  • Rabbit - Ralph Ellis, $2,500

About the author: Jason Koch is the editor of The Warren County Record, and covers local news and government for the newspaper. He has won multiple awards from both the Indiana and Illinois APME and from the Illinois Press Association. He can be reached at 636-456-6397 or at jason@warrencountyrecord.com

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