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Animals haul in big bucks at annual auction

ROME TOWNSHIP - The hard work is over - and members of the 4H and FFA are reaping the rewards.

"It feels pretty good," Kyle Taylor said of selling his market lambs Saturday at the large market animal sale at the Lawrence County Fair.

Taylor had both the Grand and Reserve Champion at the fair this year, making $17 a pound for both.

What will he do with the nearly $4,200 he earned for his hard work?

"I might have made it, but it goes straight to college," he said.

"It was a family win," he said. "My grandmother and grandfather raised sheep for 30 years as well as my mom, dad and brother."

Now Taylor can kick back - for a few weeks before the state fair.

Bob Sells of Cooke's Farm Center purchased two Grand Champions at the fair this year, the Grand Champion lamb and goat. Sells said that the company does not do much

advertising during the year, so they use their advertising dollars for the fair every year.

"I wish every child had the opportunity to be in 4H," Sells said.

Jared Bruce, who had the Grand Champion Steer for this year was excited about this year's fair and felt "pretty good" about selling his steer.

"I was excited," he said. Bruce said that in a couple of months he would start to get ready for next year.

"It was a tremendous year, everyone was really good to us," 4H Agent Laura Jane Murphy said.