10-year-old Hudson Duttlinger’s 300-pound Reserve Grand Champion Breeding Gilt (fancy for “hog”) sold for a record $102,000 – $340 a pound at the Porter County Fair 4-H Livestock Auction in Valparaiso on July 28th.
Eric Duttlinger, Hudson’s father told porkbusiness.com the record sale was made possible from donations to honor his wife, Ashlee, who is battling cancer.
“It’s been an up and down battle for years, but never once has Ashlee had a bad attitude about anything in life,” wrote close family friend Jonathan Kraft on a GoFundMe page created to raise money for Ashlee’s treatments.
Kraft and his wife, Anna, serve as the co-chairs of the Porter County 4-H Celebration Sale.
“They used their organizing skills honed by decades of professional and personal experience to put together a bidding war for the 2022 auction,” porkbusiness.com reported.
116 donations had been made by the time the auction concluded. They were treated as a collective buyer for the auction.
“I was completely shocked, stunned and speechless,” Duttlinger says. “I had heard they were going to do something, but never in a million years, thought it would be that amount.”
300 pounds. That’s a lot of breaded tenderloin sandwiches.