Cass County Fair's small animal auction was held last Saturday, and 4-H kids sold chickens, ducks, turkeys, geese, goats and rabbits for an overall total of $43,520. This amount topped last year's sale by $4,635, even though the number of animals sold, at 335 animals, was only 10 more than last year.
The grand champion individual fryer rabbit, auctioned by Kaira Simpson of Niles, was purchased by Steve Hodges, DDS for $225. The reserve champion individual fryer rabbit belonging to Josh Green of Cassopolis was sold to Community Mills Inc. for $180.
Edwardsburg's Jillianne Blough's grand champion individual roaster rabbit was bought for $310 by Anne's Day Care. Kountry Builders and Rise-n-Shine Café purchased Brett Bowman's reserve champion individual roaster rabbit for $300. Bowman is from Niles.
In all, 121 rabbits were sold at the small animal auction for a total of $13,280, an increase over last year's total of $8,865.
Nicholas Booher of Cassopolis sold his grand champion broiler chicken for $325 to High Construction. The reserve champion market broiler, shown by Cassopolis' Justin Polmateer, was auctioned to Kemner Iott Insurance Agency for $85.
Madeline Collins of Cassopolis exhibited the grand champion market roaster, which sold to U.S Business Systems for $375. Carly Par-rish's reserve champion market roaster sold for $700 to Community Mills Inc. and Great Lake Hybrid. Parrish is from Cassopolis.
Sixty-five chickens were sold at the auction, down by three from last year's auction, yet the total amount of $9,745 was a big increase over last year's chicken total of $6,930.
The grand champion market goose was sold by Morgan Farmer of Niles to the Cass County Rabbit and Cavy Association for $155. Kristen Miller's reserve champion market goose was purchased by Tara LLC by $100. Miller is from Edwardsburg.
The goose sale total with 11 birds, raised $950, while the 2009 total was $1,450.
Travis Schultz's grand champion market turkey was bought by U.S. Business Systems for $275. Schultz lives in Edwardsburg. The reserve champion market turkey, exhibited by Logan Jellison of Vandalia, sold for $550 to Scott Harris and Sons.
Thirty-four turkeys were sold at the auction, compared to the 26 sold last year. The 2010 turkey sale total was $4,375, up by more than $200 over the 2009 total.
Attorney Pete Karlowicz bought the grand champion market duck from Ashley Rogers of Niles for $220, while the reserve champion market duck, exhibited by Elizabeth Hein of Niles, was purchased for $150 by High Construction.
A total of 48 ducks were auctioned, a decrease of seven from last year. This year's total amount of $5,075 was down by $200 over last year.
Anne Seem of Cassopolis sold her grand champion dairy market goat for $225 to Seem Farms. The reserve champion dairy market goat was auctioned by McKenna Curcio of Troy. Mich. to Dutton Farm Inc. and Eastside Family Buyer Group for $550.
The grand champion meat goat, shown by Dowagiac's Jacob Davis, was purchased by $275 to Sparkle Car Care Center. Denver Luthringer's reserve champion meat goat was sold for $275 to Lake X-Ray Inc. Luthringer is also from Dowagiac.
Fifty-six goats were sold at the auction, down from 68 goats at the 2009 auction. This year's sale total of $9,495 was down from last year's amount of $11,880.
The 4-H poultry exhibitors auctioned off one dozen eggs to US Business Systems and High Construction for $600. The 2009 dozen eggs sold for $350.