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 2018: $6,899,149.40
The 49th 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 24th year in a row for the sale to gross over $100,000. The preliminary gross total for the 43 animals sold was $344,778. The 8 steers averaged $11,007 per head; the 14 hogs averaged $7,420 per head; the 11 lambs averaged $7,309 per head; and the 10 goats averaged $7,245 per head. The Grand Champion Steer was purchased by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi, Haley & Marsha Barbour, MGD Holdings, Inc., and Ergon for $18,000. The Jackson Area Ford Dealers – Watson Quality Ford and Gray-Daniels Ford – purchased the Grand Champion Hog for $12,000. APAC of MS, Inc., Deviney Construction, Entergy, Inc., Puckett Machinery, Yates Construction Company, Ergon, and Stacey/Justin Brown purchased the Grand Champion Lamb for $10,200. The Grand Champion Goat was purchased by Trustmark Bank for $7,500.
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, Holmes County 4-H’er earns top spot in livestock showing. Thanks to everyone!
Buyers who purchased animals were 4 Corners Properties, Adcamp Inc.,Aluminum Contractors, APAC of Mississippi, Inc., Ashley Farms, Attala Frozen Foods, B&C Welding and Fabrication, BAMS Farms, Bank of Kilmichael, Bank of Winona, Bank of Yazoo, BankPlus, Barksdale Cadillac, Barnett’s Body Shop, Battley Bros. LLC, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MS, Boots & More, Brandon Discount Drugs, Bridges Kwikway, Brock Plumbing, Brown Insurance, CA Feeds, Cabot Lodge Jackson North, Cal-Maine Foods, Campo Farms, Cannon Automotive, Capitol Ag Services, Inc., Capitol Body Shop, Carpenter Pest Control, Cavender’s Western Outfitters, Charles Donald Timber, Chris Haynes Electric Supply, Coastal Industrial Contractors, Inc., Cock of the Walk, Collins Farms, Community Bank of Brandon, Copeland & Johns Construction, Craig-Wilkinson, Inc., Crop Production Services, Curtis Massey Cattle Company, Custom Metal Solutions, Davis Feed & Farm Supply, DeltAg, Delta Western, Deviney Construction Company, Diamond J Show Pigs, Dixie National Booster Club, Double K Ranch, Dow – Dupont, Dow – Phytogen, Dunham, Inc., East MS Farmers Livestock Company, Edwin Taylor Logging, Ellis Communications, Inc., Entergy, Inc., Ergon, Inc., Fancher Cattle Company, Farm Bureau Bank, Farmers Grain Terminal, First Financial Bank, First South Farm Credit – MS Division, Fisackerly Auto Parts, Forest Ford, Franks Chevrolet Buick GMC, Gaddis & McLaurin, Inc., Gaddis & McLaurin Gin, Gray-Daniels Ford, Great Southern National Bank, GreenPoint Ag,, Gresham Petroleum Company, Gulf Breeze LLC, H Cattle Company, Hammett Gravel Company, Inc., Hankins Lumber Co., Havard Pest Control, Helena Chemical Company, Henry, Barbour, DeCell & Bridgforth, Attorneys at Law, Hilton-Jackson, Hinton Ponderosa, Holly Ridge Gin, Holly Ridge Planting Co., Homefront, Horizon Ag, Indianola Insurance Agency, Inc., Jackson & Braswell, Jones County Board of Supervisors, Key, LLC - Engineers - Constructors, Killen Contractors, Kirk Auto Group of Grenada, Legacy Land and Financial Consulting, LLC, Live Oak Farms, London & Stetelman Commercial Realty, Madison County Co-Op, Majestic Metal, Matthews, Cutrer & Lindsay, PA, McIntosh Construction Inc., Merchants & Planters Bank, Meyer & Rosenbaum, Inc., MGD Holdings, LLC, Mid-Delta Cotton Processors, Mid Delta Metal, Middleton Tree Service, Milwaukee Tool, Monsanto, MoorMan’s Showtec, MS Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith, MS Ag Company, MS Cattlemen’s Association, MS Farm & Garden, MS Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Co., MS Farm Bureau Federation, MS Governor Phil Bryant, MS Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney, MS Land Bank, MS Livestock Market Association, MS Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, MS Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, MS Speaker Philip Gunn, MS Treasurer Lynn Fitch, N&H Electronics, N&W Construction Co., Inc., Noel Daniels Motor Company, Oktibbeha County Co-Op, Oldham Chemical, Oliver Farms, Outback Steakhouse, Parker Livestock, Parker Wholesale, Parker – McGill Motors, Perry Brothers Show Supply, Phillips Farms Elevator, Phoenix Development Co., LLC, Planters Bank & Trust Co., Planters Insurance Group, Priority One Bank, Provine Helicopter Service, Pruet Oil Company, Puckett Machinery, RAK Farms, REM, LLC, Rankin First Economic Development, Regions Bank, Rick’s Pro Truck, Ross & Yerger Insurance, Sanderson Farms, Schell Co., Scott Petroleum, Security Data Supply of MS, Shapley Development, Signs First, Simmons Farm Raised Catfish, Inc., Southern AgCredit, ACA, Southern Cross Underwriters, Inc., Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance, Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance, Southern Farm Services, Southern Metal, State Representative Karl Oliver, District 46, Stribling Equipment Company, Structural Steel Company, Sunflower Lumber Co., Syngenta, Tackett Fish Farms, Tanner Construction/Cattle Company, Taylor Machinery, Taylor Made Labels, Inc., Ted Parker Cattle Co., TeleSouth Communications, Terry Trane Services, The First – A National Banking Association, The First Bank, The Gaddis Farms, Inc., The Mortgage Connection, The Sifford Family, Thomasson Company, Tico's Steakhouse, Tom Smith Land & Homes, Town Creek Farms, Triangle Chemical Company, Trustmark Bank, Tyson Foods, U.S. Congressman Gregg Harper, VP of the DAFVM at MSU – Dr. Greg Bohach, Vaiden Farm Supply, Vitamins Plus, W.S. “Red” Hancock, Inc., WA Payne, Wade, Inc. - Greenwood, Ware Milling, Warren Excavation, Watson Quality Ford, Wier + Boerner Architecture, PLLC, Williams Services, Woods Farm Supply, Woolwine Ford, Yates Construction Company, Young Construction, Haley & Marsha Barbour, Don Barrett, Janice Barrett, Pat Barrett Jr., Doug Berry, Dr. David Bomboy, Steve Brandon, Bill Brown, Justin Brown, Kipp Brown, Stacey Brown, Brett & Deana Favre, Greg & Belvia Giachelli, Daniel A. Grafton, Eddie & Cris Guillot, Bill & Kay Harris, George & Becky Jenkins, J.D. Jernigan, Bryan Jones, Ty & Melanie Jones, Meril Joseph, Ted Kendall, III, John Lundy, Mike McRee, Perry Parker, Pat Sigrest, Bryan & Alicia Smith, John Stanley, B.T. & Tiffany Steadman, Gina Wills, and Jack & Jeanette Winstead.
Others who made contributions to assist with the sale and the scholarship fund were: Black Creek Outfitters, Chick-Fil-A – Clinton, Chimneyville Smokehouse, Inc., Daigle Enterprises, L.P., Dixie National Booster Club, Glenn Foods/Rooster’s, Goldie’s Express, Great Southern Events, Guaranty Bank, Gumbo Pot, Jaco’s Tacos, Jefcoat Fence & Access Control, Lakeland Garden Center, Milo’s Tea, Mississippi Pork Producers Association, MS Fair Commission, MSU Extension Service Center for Technology Outreach, National Awards Campus Supply, Outback Steakhouse, Penn’s Fish House, Staplcotn, The Gaddis Farms, VP of the DAFVM at MSU – Dr. Greg Bohach, Vowell’s Marketplace, Walker Foundation, Wilson’s Meat House, Olivia Host, and Jim O’Mara.
The Sale of Junior Champions continues to mean a lot to our Mississippi youth livestock program. The 49 sales have grossed over $6.89 million. The first sale in 1970 had a gross total of $7,621.35. This outstanding activity has come a long way in 49 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.
2018 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, $832,700 have been awarded to Mississippi youth to assist them with their college education. Click here to view the 2018 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: Myka Duckworth, Smith 4-H/Raleigh FFA; Amelia Buckley, Covington 4-H/FFA; Amanda Grice, Jones 4-H/West Jones FFA; Bethany Ward, Yazoo 4-H; Rachel Vanhorn, Montgomery 4-H; Lydia Wilson, Rankin 4-H; Jenna Fullington, Hinds 4-H; Rayne Tate, Holmes 4-H; Oree Carmichael, Newton 4-H/FFA; Blake Turner, Humphreys 4-H; Shelby Gipson, Pike 4-H; Gabbi Walters, Rankin 4-H/Pelahatchie FFA; Jonathan Pugh, Tate 4-H/Independence FFA; Harris Dooley, Yazoo 4-H; Kendall Farish, Sunflower 4-H; Sarah Hancock, Jones 4-H/West Jones FFA; Jonah Holland, Tishomingo 4-H; John Thomas Murtagh, Holmes 4-H;
Wyatt Chambley, Montgomery 4-H; Chandler Norman, Scott 4-H; John Taylor McFerrin, Mantachie FFA; Philip Ball, Hinds 4-H; Owen Tolar, Smith 4-H; Tyler Diffey, Holmes 4-H; and John Mark Huff, Rankin 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 2019 Dixie National Junior Round-Up. Exhibitors who have an animal(s) in the 2019 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. 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
One hundred and six applications were received for the Premier Exhibitor Program at the 2018 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 43 exhibitors in the beef division, 8 in the dairy division, 6 in the lamb division, 34 in the swine division, 11 in the goat division, and 4 in the dairy goat division. The 2018 Premier Exhibitors are as follows:
- Beef Cattle – Olivia Branum, Pearl River 4-H/Poplarville FFA
- Dairy Cattle – Micaela Beason, Neshoba 4-H
- Lamb – Hagen Ware, Montgomery 4-H
- Swine – Jacey Eldridge, Montgomery 4-H
- Meat Goat – Tyler Branch, Holmes 4-H
- Dairy Goat – Skylar Noblin-Laminack, Hinds 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. Anna Beth Blackwell, Smith 4-H/Raleigh FFA, received this award with her Champion Simmental Heifer. The Dixie National Junior Round-Up Supreme Beef Bull was selected from the champion bulls of each breed. Anna Beth/Sy Sullivan, Simpson 4-H, received this award with their Champion Brangus 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 Holstein 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 English 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 Mediumweight 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. Maggie/Brinkley Boswell, Rankin 4-H, received this award with their All Other Purebreds Best in Show Senior Dairy Goat Doe. This award was a $1,500 scholarship presented by the Sale of Junior Champions.
On a rainy day in early autumn, hundreds of people packed into the Mississippi State University Joe Bearden Dairy Center to learn where their milk, butter, yogurt, and ice cream come from. (File Photo by Kat Lawrence)
It was inevitable that Lauren Bryant would at least try 4-H.
Her father’s family has been active in the Mississippi State University Extension Service 4-H Youth Development Program for two generations. And she has attended 4-H events since she was a toddler.
Now, the 11-year-old is showing her own livestock and participating in various 4-H activities through the Extension Service in Tippah County.
“Lauren is a third-generation 4-H’er,” explained her mother, Leigh Bryant. “Her granddad and her daddy were both 4-H’ers.”
RAYMOND, Miss. -- The 4-H Livestock Club in Hinds County has deep roots. And now that history is on display for all to see at the Multi-Purpose Livestock Building on the Hinds Community College campus.
Agents of the Mississippi State University Extension Service in Hinds County found hundreds of documents, photos and other memorabilia related to the club when they were moving their office from Jackson to Raymond a few years ago.
“We found two filing cabinets full of things dating back to the club’s beginning in the 1930s,” said Extension agent Theresa Hand. “We didn’t even know one of those cabinets was there.”
Tyler Branch has been showing goats since he was 8 years old, and all his years of hard work really paid off this week.
Greg Chambers is one Mississippi producer who’s focused on innovating. Whether he’s growing soybeans and wheat on his Prentiss County property or raising cattle and goats on other acres, Chambers is always looking for a better, more efficient way of doing things.
When Emma Grace McGrew became Mississippi’s 2017 Miss Hospitality, a year of exciting experiences awaited the former Prentiss County 4-H’er and self-proclaimed country girl.
Mississippi 4-H youth horse instructor Tom McBeath takes great pride in having taught two generations of students, and he is now recognized as one of the best in the country at what he does.