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Tom McBeath of Union, Mississippi, explains a riding pattern he will judge to a group of young women. McBeath, a long-time volunteer with the Mississippi 4-H Program, is the American Youth Horse Council Adult Leader of the Year. (Photo by Jeff Homan)
May 10, 2017 - Filed Under: Youth Livestock, Equine

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.

Twelve-year-old Carson Keene shows off his champion Duroc hog for bidders at the 2017 Dixie National Sale of Junior Champions Feb. 9, 2017, as his stepsister, Alexandra Pittman, looks on. (Photo courtesy of Jeff L. Homan)
February 10, 2017 - Filed Under: Youth Livestock

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.

Jasper County 4-H member Lacie Winn finished her 4-H livestock project career at the Mississippi State Fair in Jackson, Mississippi. Winn placed with Drake, her European crossbred steer, in the competition on Oct. 8, 2016. (Submitted photo)
October 28, 2016 - Filed Under: 4-H Livestock Program, Youth Livestock, Women for Agriculture

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.

Alex Deason, 4-H agent with the Mississippi State University Extension Service in Sunflower County, left, helps his 4-H members with one of the four hogs they had in the Dixie National Sale of Junior Champions on Feb. 11, 2016, in Jackson, Mississippi. Anna Grace Rowland, second from left, Sherman Timbs and Sarah Thomas Smith shaved Deason’s head after they won a friendly bet with him by getting four pigs in the sale. (Photo by MSU Extension/Kevin Hudson)
February 12, 2016 - Filed Under: Youth Livestock

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.

April 20, 2015 - Filed Under: Youth Livestock

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.

April 14, 2015 - Filed Under: Youth Livestock, About Extension, Beef

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Cobie Rutherford, the new beef cattle associate with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, plans to deliver educational programs to producers and students across the state.

Jacob Owen, left, and his older brother, Tyler, prepare to enter the arena for the Dixie National Sale of Junior Champions with their market goat, Splits, on Feb. 12, 2015, in Jackson, Mississippi. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kevin Hudson)
February 13, 2015 - Filed Under: Youth Livestock, Youth Projects, Family

JACKSON, Miss. -- Exhibitors in the annual Dixie National Sale of Junior Champions learn important lessons about livestock through their projects, but one family discovered just as much about people.

Tyler Owen, 13, and Jacob Owen, 10, of Jones County qualified to participate in the sale with their reserve champion light heavyweight goat, Splits. Their journey to this coveted sale of market animals began when each was about 5 years old and their parents, Jennifer and Matt Owen of Moselle, encouraged them to show livestock.

Alexis Pickens, center, maneuvers a hog in the Clarke County Special Needs Livestock Show under the watchful eyes of 4-H member Brittany Conner on Jan. 23, 2015. U.S. Congressman Gregg Harper is reporting observations as he serves as the celebrity judge for the annual event in Quitman, Mississippi. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Linda Breazeale)
January 28, 2015 - Filed Under: Youth Livestock, Community

QUITMAN, Miss. -- Livestock exhibitors work hard for trophies and blue ribbons, but they occasionally earn intangible rewards that will never collect dust.

Christy King, an agent with the Mississippi State University Extension Service in Clarke County since 2010, knows what typical 4-H members learn through livestock projects.

Calhoun County 4-H member Mikayla Shelton prepares her Mississippi-bred grand champion light heavyweight goat, Ready Or Not, for his turn in the show ring at the Dixie National Sale of Champions Feb. 6 in Jackson. The 44 market goats, lambs, steers and hogs brought a preliminary total of $369,150, setting a new record. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Susan Collins-Smith)
February 7, 2014 - Filed Under: 4-H, Youth Livestock, Goats and Sheep

JACKSON – Young Mississippians took about 3,000 animals to Jackson to show at the Dixie National Livestock Show, but only 44 animals were judged worthy of competing in the annual Sale of Junior Champions.

Mikayla Shelton is one of hundreds of Mississippi youth who groom their goats, lambs, steers and hogs all year long in hopes they make it to the sale, and after five years of competing, the Calhoun County 4-H’er finally earned the spot she had coveted for so long.

January 29, 2014 - Filed Under: Youth Livestock, Youth Projects, FARMtastic

JACKSON – An interactive, educational event aimed at teaching third-graders about the importance of agriculture comes to the Dixie National Livestock Show and Rodeo Feb. 7-8.

FARMtastic offers hands-on exhibits that help children learn the role of agriculture in the production of food and other products used in daily life. It will be set up in the Mississippi Trade Mart at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds.

Mississippi junior and senior 4-H'ers prepare to enter the ring for the selection of grand and reserve grand champion pony mares, registered American quarter horse mares, grade western mares, and registered paint mares on June 28 during the 2013 4-H Horse Championship at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds in Jackson. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)
July 2, 2013 - Filed Under: 4-H, Youth Livestock, Equine

JACKSON – To most people, showing horses seems a lot like work because of all the feeding, watering, stall cleaning, grooming and training involved – not to mention the countless hours spent at shows. But to Mississippi 4-H’ers involved in the horse program, all that work is a lot of fun.

Each summer, young people ages 8 to 18 converge on the Mississippi State Fairgrounds for the 4-H Horse Championship to reap the rewards of a year’s worth of effort. This year, more than 600 4-H horse program members participated in six educational contests and 105 riding events.

June 10, 2013 - Filed Under: Youth Livestock

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Mississippi State University’s new livestock judging team coach invites young people and coaches interested in sharpening their livestock judging skills to one of two camps.

Twins James and Jillian Roberts of Belzoni are joined by their younger brother Joseph as they show their Reserve Champion Chester hog at the Dixie National Sale of Junior Champions in Jackson on Feb. 7, 2013. The twins participate in 4-H, the youth development program of the Mississippi State University Extension Service. (Photo by MSU Ag Communications/Tim McAlavy)
February 8, 2013 - Filed Under: 4-H, Youth Livestock

MISSISSIPPI STATE – After a week of intense competition, 42 animals and their exhibitors qualified for the 44th annual Dixie National Sale of Junior Champions, Mississippi’s premier youth livestock auction.

Thirteen hogs, 12 lambs, nine goats and eight steers were auctioned off at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds’ Trade Mart. For the first time, the animals were sold by the head instead of by the pound to make it easier to calculate multiple buyers’ bids.

Miss Dixie National Paige Nicholson and Miss Mississippi Rodeo Samantha Golden joined Mississippi State University Extension Service director Gary Jackson at the 2012 Dixie National Sale of Junior Champions to support youth development and agriculture. (Photo by Kat Lawrence)
March 29, 2012 - Filed Under: Youth Livestock, Agriculture, Livestock

By Kaitlyn Byrne
MSU Ag Communication

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Miss Dixie National and Miss Rodeo Mississippi are both current Mississippi State University students striving to raise awareness about the importance of livestock and agriculture.

Paige Nicholson, Miss Dixie National, is a junior agricultural information science major in the College of Agriculture and Life Science. Samantha Golden, Miss Rodeo Mississippi, is a sophomore pre-accounting major.

Nicholson said she hopes to use her education to lend a strong voice for agriculture.

Alexandra Pittman of Forrest County 4-H set a record with her reserve champion medium weight goat, which brought $100 per pound. (Photo by Kat Lawrence)
February 14, 2012 - Filed Under: 4-H, Youth Livestock

MISSISSIPPI STATE – The 2012 Dixie National Sale of Junior Champions was the most successful sale to date, bringing in almost $300,000.

Union County 4-H youth agent Gina Wills and 4-H member Bobby May of Marshall County review the show schedule for the Winter Classic Horse Show held at the Mississippi Horse Park near Starkville. May and his horse, Jack, took part in the series of off-season shows from January through March. (Photo by Scott Corey)
March 10, 2011 - Filed Under: 4-H, Youth Livestock, Equine, Family

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Mississippi’s 4-H program has seen many changes in more than a century of activities, but youth maintain their interest in a tried-and-true project: horses.

“Enrollment in horse projects comes in cycles, especially in the last 20 years or so with the explosion of activities available for youth, including other 4-H programs,” said Gina Wills, Union County 4-H youth agent. “We have a lot of former 4-H members returning with their children now. Horse and livestock projects always have been popular family activities.”

John Lundy (back left) and Eric Clark (back right) along with First South Farm Credit, Wilson's Meat House, Cecil Harper, Kipp Brown and Jim Newsome purchased a Champion Durac Hog from Tanner Ainsworth (front left) and Cory Ainsworth (front right) at the 2011 Dixie National Sale of Junior Champions. The buyers donated the meat to the Leroy Shook family. (Photo by Scott Corey)
February 17, 2011 - Filed Under: Youth Livestock, Family

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- Buyers braved the elements to support young livestock exhibitors and several charity organizations at the Dixie National Sale of Junior Champions on Feb. 10.

Snow, ice and bitter cold temperatures often occur the day of this annual event. Fortunately, those conditions are less common than the generous donors, who come every February to the event on the Thursday after the junior livestock shows conclude.

May 6, 2010 - Filed Under: 4-H, Youth Livestock, Dairy

MISSISSIPPI STATE – Mississippi youth and adult volunteer leaders who have 4-H dairy projects or want to start one should plan to attend the 2010 Mississippi 4-H Bulldog Dairy Cow Camp June 17-19 at Mississippi State University. 

Registration is $85 per camper and due by June 4. The fee covers housing, meals and other expenses. Campers can purchase T-shirts for an additional $10.

The camp will have a junior track for youth ages 8-13 and a senior track for youth ages 14-18. Most activities will take place on campus and in the surrounding community.

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