Dixie National Sale of Champions
Highest price paid for a Market Steer: 2014, Havard Pest Control, The First National Bank, BASF, Paul McMurry, Oldham Chemical, Mississippi Power, Ted Parker Farms, and Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith – total price of $28,000.
Highest price paid for a Market Hog: 2008, Deviney Construction, Yates Construction, Entergy, AT&T and APAC – total price of $15,512.
Highest price paid for a Market Lamb: 2014, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Haley & Marsha Barbour, Ergon, Inc., and M.G. Dyess, Inc. – total price of $11,500.
Highest price paid for a Market Goat: 2013, Energy Group– total price of $15,000.
Top sale in total dollar volume: 2015 – $382,595
Total of sales from 1970 to 2017: $6,554,371.40
The 48th Sale of Junior Champions was another great event for our youth involved in the Mississippi 4-H Livestock Program. The Sale’s committee is to be commended for the hard work that they put into this sale to make it a very successful activity. This was the 23rd year in a row for the sale to gross over $100,000. The preliminary gross total for the 43 animals sold was $328,257. The 9 steers averaged $9,189 per head; the 14 hogs averaged $8,745 per head; the 10 lambs averaged $5,960 per head; and the 10 goats averaged $6,115 per head. The Grand Champion Steer was purchased by Blue Cross Blue Shield, Haley & Marsha Barbour, Ergon, Inc., and MGD Holdings, Inc. for $18,000. Ted Parker Cattle Company, Oldham Chemical, Havard Pest Control, N&H Electronics and Paul McMurry purchased the Grand Champion Hog for $9,000. Southern Administrator and Benefits Consultants, Priority One Bank, Community Bank of Brandon, Steven Franks Chevrolet Buick GMC, Barksdale Cadillac, Rankin First Economic Development, Rick’s ProTruck and Noel Daniels Motor Company purchased the Grand Champion Lamb for $9,000. The Grand Champion Goat was purchased by Trustmark Bank for $9,250.
The buyers, contributors, sale committee members, Extension staff members assisting with the sale, and other supporters who help make this a special event for our youth are to be commended. More information can be found in the video below and this news story, Bidders Show Generosity at Sale of Champions. Thanks to everyone!
To view the 2017 Sale of Junior Champion animals, click the links below.
- 2017 Grand and Reserve Grand Champions
- 2017 Mississippi Bred Champion and Reserve Champions
- 2017 Champion and Reserve Champions
Buyers who purchased animals were 4 Corners Properties, Adcamp Inc., Agri-AFC, LLC, Aluminum Contractors, APAC of Mississippi, Inc., Attala Frozen Foods, B&W Show Goats, BAMS Farms, Bank of Wiggins, Bank of Yazoo, BankPlus, Barksdale Cadillac, Barnett’s Body Shop, Barrett Law Group, P.A., Battley Bros. LLC, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MS, Boots & More, Bozeman Farms, Brock Plumbing, Brookhaven Monument Company, CA Feeds, Cabot Lodge Jackson North, Cal-Maine Foods, Cannon Automotive, Capitol Ag Services, Inc., Capitol Body Shop, Charles Donald Pulpwood, Inc., Circle M Farms, CKC Investments LLC, Coastal Industrial Contractors, Inc., Cock of the Walk, Community Bank of Brandon, Capital City Beverages, Craft Farms, Craig-Wilkinson, Inc., Crop Production Services, Delta Show Pigs, Delta Western, Deviney Construction Company, Diamond J Show Pigs, Diesel Performance Specialist, Dixie National Booster Club, Dixie Roofing, Dobson Ranch, Donahoo Heating & Cooling, LLC, Double K Ranch, Ellis Communications, Inc., Entergy, Inc., Ergon, Inc., Excell Coffee & Water, Fancher Cattle Company, Farm Bureau Bank, First Financial Bank, First South Farm Credit – MS Division, Gaddis & McLaurin, Inc., Gaddis & McLaurin Gin, Glenwild Stockyards, Inc., Gray-Daniels Ford, Gresham Petroleum Company, Greenbriar Digging Service LP, GreenPoint Ag, Hammett Gravel Company, Inc., Gulf Breeze LLC, Havard Pest Control, Helena Chemical Company, Henry, Barbour, DeCell & Bridgforth, Attorneys at Law, Hermetic Rush Services, Hilton-Jackson, Holly Ridge Farms, Holly Ridge Planting Co., Indianola Insurance Agency, Inc., Jones County Drugs, Key, LLC - Engineers - Constructors, Kirk Auto Group of Grenada, Laurel Farm Bureau, Legacy Land and Financial Consulting, LLC, Linder United Feed, Live Oak Farms, MGD Holdings, LLC, Mac Haik Auto Group – Jackson, Madison County Co-Op, Matthews, Cutrer & Lindsay, PA, Merchants & Planters Bank, Meyer & Rosenbaum, Inc., Mid-Delta Cotton Processors, Mississippi Power, MS Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith, MS Ag Company, MS Cattlemen’s Association, MS Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Co., MS Farm Bureau Federation, MS Governor Phil Bryant, MS Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney, MS Land Bank, MS Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, MS Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, MS Speaker Philip Gunn, MS Treasurer Lynn Fitch, N & L Thompson, LLC, N & H Electronics, N & W Construction Co., Inc., Noel Daniels Motor Company, Odee Smith Construction, Ogletree Deakins, Oldham Chemical, Outback Steakhouse, P&F Building Supply, Parker – McGill Motors, Patridge Backhoe Service, Perry Brothers Show Supply, Pfeiffer Farm Goats, Phillips Farms Elevator, Phoenix Development Co., LLC, Planters Bank & Trust Co., Priority One Bank, Provine Helicopter Service, Pruet Oil Company, Puckett Cat, Puckett Machinery, R&B Land Co., REM, LLC, Rafter S Farms, Rankin First Economic Development, Regions Bank, Rick’s Pro Truck, Ross & Yerger Insurance, Sanderson Farms, Scott Petroleum, Shapley Development, Signs First, Silent Shade Planting Co., Simmons Farm Raised Catfish, Inc., Southern Administrator/Benefits Consultants, Southern AgCredit, ACA, Southern Air Conditioning, Southern Cross Underwriters, Inc., Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance, Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance, Southern Tire Mart, Steven Franks Chevrolet Buick GMC, Structural Steel Company, Sunflower Lumber & Home Center II, Tanner Construction/Cattle Company, Taylor Machinery, Taylor Made Labels, Inc., Ted Cannon State Farm, Ted Parker Cattle Co., TeleSouth Communications, Terry Trane Services, The First – A National Banking Association, The Gaddis Farms, Inc., The Sifford Family, Tico's Steakhouse, Town Creek Farms, Transport Service Center, Trustmark Bank, Turkey Creek Cattle Co., Tyson Foods, U.S. Congressman Gregg Harper, VP of the DAFVM, MSU, W.S. “Red” Hancock, Inc., Wade, Inc. - Greenwood, Warren Excavation, Watson Quality Ford, Wier + Boerner Architecture, PLLC, Winona Hardwood, Winona Veterinary Clinic Inc., Winona Stockyard, Yates Construction Company, Dr. Larry Anthony, Haley & Marsha Barbour, Janice Barrett, Pat Barrett Jr., Bruce & Lisa Branch, Bill Brown, Kipp Brown, Lee Collins, Brett & Deana Favre, Dr. DeWayne Gammel, Eddie & Cris Guillot, Bill & Kay Harris, Tom Hixon, Dr. Doug Jefcoat, Bryan Jones, Ted Kendall, III, Patricia Landrum, Ricky Lee, Martha McKay, Paul McMurry, Mike McRee, Jack & Rose Marie Moody, Keith & Margaret Mullins, Lance & Brandy Newman, Glenn Pearson, Dan Romano, Vince Saia, John Stanley, B.T. & Tiffany Steadman, Alan & Barbara Stevens, Todd & Karen Stevens, Bobbie Thompson, Ricky Thompson, Hal & Donnie Walker, Keith & Amy Ware, Gary Wells, Becky Williams, and Jack & Jeanette Winstead.
Others who made contributions to assist with the sale and the scholarship fund were: Black Creek Outfitters, Catering by George’s, Chimneyville Smokehouse, Inc., Daigle Enterprises, L.P., Dixie National Booster Club, Glenn Foods/Rooster’s, Great Southern Events, Guaranty Bank, Jaco’s Tacos, Jefcoat Fence & Access Control, Lakeland Garden Center, Milo’s Tea, Mississippi Pork Producers Association, MS Fair Commission, MS Serum Distributors, MSU Extension Service Center for Technology Outreach, National Awards Campus Supply, Outback Steakhouse, Penn’s Fish House, Rowen Dental Clinic, Staplcotn, The Gaddis Farms, Vowell’s Marketplace, Walker Foundation, Ware Milling, Wilson’s Meat House, Dr. Joe Baker, Dr. Greg Bohach, Olivia Host, Bob Montgomery, Jim O’Mara and Johnny Stewart.
The Sale of Junior Champions continues to mean a lot to our Mississippi youth livestock program. The 48 sales have grossed over $6.5 million. The first sale in 1970 had a gross total of $7,621.35. This outstanding activity has come a long way in 48 years!
We salute all buyers, contributors, sale committee members, Extension staff members assisting with the sale, and other supporters who help make this a special event.
2017 DIXIE NATIONAL SALE OF JUNIOR CHAMPIONS SCHOLARSHIPS
In addition to the Sale of Champions animals, 37 scholarships were awarded totaling $58,500. In the past 25 years, $774,200 have been awarded to Mississippi youth to assist them with their college education. Click here to view the 2017 Dixie National Sale of Junior Champions Scholarship Winners.
Dixie National Sale of Champions Scholarships
The Dixie National Sale of Junior Champions Promotion Committee presented twenty-five $1,500.00 academic scholarships. Winners were: C.J. Weddle, Calhoun 4-H/Vardaman FFA, Will Watts, Lincoln 4-H/Loyd Star FFA, Gabrielle Simpson, Mantachie FFA, Emma Grace McGrew, Prentiss 4-H/Booneville FFA, Tucker Thrash, Covington 4-H, Brant White, Enterprise FFA, Rachel Harris, Pearl River 4-H/Poplarville FFA, Mikayla Shelton, Calhoun 4-H/Bruce FFA, Adam Dixon, Jasper 4-H, Kalyn Smith, Leake Central FFA, Will Cornelius, Nettleton FFA, Kenny Price, Marion 4-H, Lyndsey Hill, Simpson 4-H/Puckett FFA, Myleah Elise Woods, Hinds 4-H, Baleigh Sifford, Hinds 4-H, Austin Winter, Calhoun 4-H, Jacob Phillips, Jasper 4-H, Mattie Ford, Smith 4-H, Molly Welch, Rankin 4-H/Puckett FFA, Sherman Timbs, Sunflower 4-H, Colt Prisock, Oktibbeha 4-H, Zane Rushing, Lincoln 4-H/West Lincoln FFA, Shelby Jones, Pike 4-H/North Pike FFA, Hayley Meriwether, Leflore 4-H, and Joseph Windham, Covington 4-H.
Alert your 4-H and FFA members about the scholarships for next year. Applicants must be seniors in high school and must exhibit an animal at the 2018 Dixie National Junior Round-Up. Exhibitors who have an animal(s) in the 2018 Sale of Champions or exhibitors who receive Premier Exhibitor Awards will not be eligible. The scholarship will be payable to the university or college the winner attends as a full time student (college or university must also be in Mississippi). Scholarship applications will be sent to each county Extension office and FFA chapter by the date listed on the Mississippi 4-H Livestock Calendar.
Dixie National Junior Round-Up Premier Exhibitors
Eighty-six applications were received for the Premier Exhibitor Program at the 2017 Dixie National Junior Round-Up. The Sale of Junior Champions Promotion Committee sponsored a $2,000 academic scholarship for the Premier Exhibitor in beef, sheep, swine, dairy cattle, meat goat and dairy goat. There were 38 exhibitors in the beef division, 5 in the dairy division, 6 in the lamb division, 21 in the swine division, 11 in the goat division, and 5 in the dairy goat division. The 2017 Premier Exhibitors are as follows:
- Beef Cattle – Courtney Cox, Tippah 4-H/Pine Grove FFA
- Dairy Cattle – Skylar Noblin-Laminack, Hinds 4-H
- Lamb – Jacob Bell, Hinds 4-H
- Swine – Sarah Thomas Smith, Sunflower 4-H
- Meat Goat – Cassidy Turbville, Madison 4-H
- Dairy Goat – Madilyn Morris, Oktibbeha 4-H
Dixie National Junior Round-Up Supreme Beef Awards
The champion heifers of each breed and the Supreme Commercial Beef Heifer competed for the Dixie National Junior Round-Up Supreme Beef Female. Austin Davis, Yazoo 4-H, received this award with his Champion Angus Heifer. The Dixie National Junior Round-Up Supreme Beef Bull was selected from the champion bulls of each breed. Lexie Gibson, Newton 4-H, received this award with her Champion Percentage Simmental bull. Each award was a $1,500 scholarship presented by the Sale of Junior Champions.
Dixie National Junior Round-Up Supreme Dairy Cattle Female Award
The grand champions of each dairy cattle breed competed for the Dixie National Junior Round-Up Supreme Dairy Cattle Female. Lee Taylor, Prentiss 4-H, received this award with his Jersey female. This award was a $1,500 scholarship presented by the Sale of Junior Champions.
Dixie National Junior Round-Up Supreme Commercial Beef Heifer Award
The champions of each breed-type of beef heifer competed for the Dixie National Junior Round-Up Supreme Commercial Beef Heifer. Jace Welborn, Jasper 4-H, received this award with his European female. This award was a $1,500 scholarship presented by the Sale of Junior Champions.
Dixie National Junior Round-Up Supreme Commercial Meat Goat Doe Award
The champions of each weight division in the commercial meat goat doe show competed for the Dixie National Junior Round-Up Commercial Meat Goat Doe. Cassidy Turbville, Madison 4-H, received this award with her Heavyweight Division Champion Doe. This award was a $1,500 scholarship presented by the Sale of Junior Champions.
Dixie National Junior Round-Up Supreme Dairy Goat Female Award
The grand champions of each senior dairy goat breed competed for the Dixie National Junior Round-Up Supreme Dairy Goat Female. Tory Rollins, Franklin 4-H, received this award with her Alpine Best in Show Senior Dairy Goat Doe. This award was a $1,500 scholarship presented by the Sale of Junior Champions.
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- A long-time volunteer with the Mississippi 4-H program is the American Youth Horse Council Adult Leader of the Year.
Tom McBeath of Union, Mississippi, received the honor at the recent American Youth Horse Council symposium in Wakefield, Massachusetts. He has spent nearly four decades working with youth to establish strong foundations for successful experiences with horses.
JACKSON, Miss. -- Before Carson Keene sold his grand champion Duroc hog at the Dixie National Sale of Junior Champions, he had a conversation with his family about where the proceeds should go.
The 12-year-old 4-H'er and sixth-grader at Presbyterian Christian School in Petal had known for several months that his 6-year-old schoolmate Noelle Carter was awaiting treatment at Batson Children's Hospital for liver cancer. He decided to donate the auction proceeds to Carter's family.
“Our school was raising money, and I wanted to try to do something, too,” Keene said.
By Jessica Smith
MSU Extension Service
LOUIN, Miss. -- For one Jasper County 4-H member, a junior livestock show career has come full circle.
Lacie Winn, 18, has competed in 4-H livestock shows across the state since 2006. The youth development program is managed by the Mississippi State University Extension Service and open to youngsters from 5-18 years of age.
JACKSON, Miss. -- Alex Deason made members of his 4-H livestock judging team a deal they could not resist.
“I told them if any of them could get a hog in the Dixie National Sale of Junior Champions, they could shave my head,” said Deason, 4-H agent with the Mississippi State University Extension Service in Sunflower County.
The 4-H’ers took this wager seriously. They not only got one hog in the sale. Team members got four hogs in the sale. And Deason? He has a freshly shaven head.
MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Young people and adult coaches interested in honing their livestock judging skills have several opportunities at upcoming Mississippi State University camps.
The MSU Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences will hold two residential camps and two half-day camps in May and June.
Participants will judge sheep, meat goats, hogs and beef cattle, and they will learn to develop oral reasoning skills.