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: 2020 – $404,395
Total of sales from 1970 to 2021: $8,075,744.40
The 52nd 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 27th year in a row for the sale to gross over $100,000. The preliminary gross total for the 45 animals sold was $389,425. The 9 steers averaged $9,944 per head; the 16 hogs averaged $7,125 per head; the 10 lambs averaged $6,700 per head, and the 10 goats averaged $7,200 per head. The Grand Champion Steer was purchased by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi, Haley & Marsha Barbour, and Ergon for $18,000. Gray-Daniels Ford/Lincoln and Mac Haik Auto Group - Jackson purchased the Grand Champion Hog for $10,000. The Grand Champion Lamb was purchased by The Gaddis Farms, Inc., Gaddis & McLaurin Store, and Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation for $12,500. The Grand Champion Goat was purchased by US Senator Roger Wicker, US Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, MS Treasurer David McRae, MS Ag Commissioner Andy Gipson, MS Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann, MS Attorney General Lynn Fitch, MS Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney, MS Secretary of State Michael Watson, MS Auditor Shad White, and US Congressman Michael Guest for $9,000.
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. Thanks to everyone!
Buyers who purchased animals were 4 Corner Properties LLC, Adcamp Inc., Alliance Ag Risk Management, Aluminum Contractors, APAC of Mississippi, Inc., Auction 18, Bank of Commerce, Bank of Kilmichael, Bank of Yazoo City, BankFirst Financial Services, BankPlus, Barnett’s Body Shop, Base Logistics, LLC, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MS, Bodie Construction, Boots & More, Bozeman Farms, Brandon Discount Drugs, Brown Bottling Co., CA Feeds, Cain, Inc., Cal-Maine Foods, Capital City Motors, Capitol Ag Services, Inc., Capitol Body Shop, Carr Family, Catfish Express, Inc., Cavender’s Western Outfitters, Chris Killebrew Farms, Champy’s World Famous Fried Chicken, Coastal Industrial Contractors, Inc., Cock of the Walk, Codaray Construction Co., Coleman Hammons Construction Co., Inc., Community Bank of Brandon, Community Bank, Consolidated Catfish Producers, Corteva Agri Science, Craft Farms, Craig & Marcie Rozier, Curtis Massey Cattle Company, Custom Creations, Inc. of MS, Delta South Motors, LLC, Delta Tractor & Equipment, Delta Western, Dependable Financial Services, LLC, Deviney Construction Company, Dixie National Booster Club, Donahoo Heating & Cooling, LLC, Doug Rushing Realty, Inc., E3 Environmental, EE Farms, Elite Medical PLLC, Empire Truck Sales, LLC, Entergy, Inc., Ergon, Inc., Exmark, Fancher Cattle Company, Farm Bureau Bank, FC&E Engineering, Inc., First Choice Bank, First Financial Bank, First South Farm Credit – MS Division, Franks Chevrolet Buick GMC, Gaddis & McLaurin Store, Global Sector Services, Inc., Goldberg’s Dept. Store, Golden Triangle Periodontal Ctr., GPB LLC, Gray-Daniels Ford/Lincoln, GreenPoint Ag, Greenwood Animal Hospital, Gresham Petroleum Company, Hammett Gravel Company, Inc., Hancock Whitney Bank, Havard Pest Control, Inc., Hederman Brothers Printing, Helena Agri-Enterprises, LLC, Hilton-Jackson, Hometown Restaurant, Inc., Indianola Pecan House, Jones & Company, Just Wood Farms, Inc., Key, LLC - Engineers - Constructors, Kirk Auto Group of Grenada, KLLM Trucking, Ladner Farms, Larry Killebrew Farms, Legacy Land and Financial Consulting, LLC, Live Oak Planting Co., Mac Haik Auto Group – Jackson, Magic Mart Pharmacy, Mark Gary Flying Service, Inc., Matthews, Cutrer & Lindsay, McGuffee Drug Store, MDR Construction, Inc., Merchants & Planters Bank, Meyer & Rosenbaum, Inc., Mid Delta Metal Works, Mid-Delta Cotton Processors, Inc., Mike Leggett Consulting, Milwaukee Tool, MMC Materials, MS Ag Company, MS Agriculture Commissioner Andy Gipson, MS Attorney General Lynn Fitch, MS Auditor Shad White, MS Cattlemen’s Association, MS Farm & Garden, MS Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Company, MS Farm Bureau Federation, MS Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney, MS Land Bank, MS Legislator Buyer Group, MS Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann, MS Power, MS Secretary of State Michael Watson, MS Senator Nicole Boyd, MS Senator Jeremy England, MS Senator Ben Suber, MS Senator Tyler McCaughn, MS Speaker of the House Philip Gunn, MS Treasurer David McRae, MSU President Dr. Mark Keenum, Murtagh Flying Service, N&W Construction Co., Inc., Nettleton Hardware, Noel Daniels Motor Company, Nutrien Ag Solutions, Inc., O’Bryan Dental, Oldham Chemicals Company, Inc., Oliver Farms, Outback Land Company, P-Creek Farms, Parker CDJR, Peoples Bank, Perry Brothers Ford, Petroleum Equipment Company, Phillips Farms Elevator, Phoenix Development Co., LLC, Planters Bank, Planters Insurance Group, Preston Arrington Farms, Priority One Bank, Pruet Oil Company, Puckett Machinery, Puckett Medical Clinic, Putnam Family, Rankin First Economic Development, Regions Bank, Reeder Farm Supply, REM LLC, Robinson Farms, Robinwood One Stop, LLC, Ross & Yerger Insurance, RPT Distributing, Sanderson Farms, Selecta Motors, Seminary Farm Center, Signs First, Simmons Farm Raised Catfish, Inc., Simplot Grower Solutions, Shredco, Silent Shade Planting Co., Simplot Grower Solutions, Southern AgCredit, ACA, Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance, Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance, Southern States Utility Trailer Sales, State Farm Insurance, Steward Link LLC, Stribling Equipment Company, Structural Steel Services, Inc., Sunflower Lumber & Home Center, Supervisor Brad Calhoun, Supervisor Jared Morrison, Supreme Show Supplies LLC, Syngenta Crop Protection, T & D Fish Farm, TAM-AN Catfish, Inc., Taylor Group, Inc., TCB Stop ‘N Geaux, LLC, Tech Connect, LLC, Ted Parker Cattle Co., TeleSouth Communications, Terry Trane Services, The First – A National Banking Association, The Gaddis Farms, Inc., Thomasson Company, Tico's Steakhouse, Town Creek Farm, Trustmark Bank, Tyson Foods, U.S. Congressman Michael Guest, U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, US Senator Roger Wicker, Van Buren Farms II, Vance Gin Company, Inc., Vitamins Plus LLC, W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Co., Wade, Inc. - Greenwood, Waggoner Cattle Company, Warren Excavation, Warren Hill Farms, Wier + Boerner Architecture, PLLC, Warren Poultry Farm, Winona Tractor & Equipment, Haley & Marsha Barbour, Doug Berry, Bill Brown, Justin & Madeline Brown, Kipp Brown, Gale & Angie Chrestman, Olivia Christiansen, Bryan & Emily Collins, Alex & Susanna Deason, Mark & Mardi Ellis, Marie Flaherty, James Gary, Jeff & Beverly Hill, Zach & Heather Jennings, Bryan Jones, Mary & Craig Kaiser, Ted Kendall III, John Lundy, Ken & Sandy Martin, Dr. Reuben Moore, Lance & Brandy Newman, Dr. Jim Newsome, W.A. Payne – Camellia Lakes, LLC, Paul & Peggy Putman, Craig Shideler, Janice Shumaker, John Stanley IV, B.T. & Tiffany Steadman, Steven & Linda Tucker, David Walker, Pam Walker, and Jack & Jeanette Winstead.
Others who made contributions to assist with the sale and the scholarship fund were: Base Logistics, LLC, Black Creek Outfitters, Cain, Inc., Chick-Fil-A – Clinton, Community Coffee, Daigle Enterprises, L.P., Dixie National Booster Club, E3 Environmental, Eagle Ridge Conference Center, FC&E Engineering, Inc., Glenn Foods, Great Southern Events, Interim VP of the DAFVM at MSU – Dr. Reuben Moore, Jaco’s Tacos, Jefcoat Fence & Access Control, Johnny Stewart, Lakeland Garden Center, Milo’s Tea, Mississippi Pork Producers Association, MS Egg Marketing Board, MS Fair Commission, MSU Extension Service Center for Technology Outreach, National Awards Campus Supply, Outback Steakhouse, Renasant Bank, Staplcotn, The Clarion-Ledger, The Gaddis Farms, The Walker Foundation, Vowell’s Marketplace, W.S. Scott Company, Warren County 4-H, Wilson’s Meat House and Custom Processing, Olivia Host, Bob Montgomery, and Jim O’Mara.
The Sale of Junior Champions continues to mean a lot to our Mississippi youth livestock program. The 52sales have grossed over $8.07 million. The first sale in 1970 had a gross total of $7,621.35. This outstanding activity has come a long way in 52 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.
2020 DIXIE NATIONAL SALE OF JUNIOR CHAMPIONS SCHOLARSHIPS
In addition to the Sale of Champions animals, 38 scholarships were awarded totaling $60,000. In the past 29 years, $1,009,700 has been awarded to Mississippi youth to assist them with their college education.
Click here to view the 2021 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 Chase Foster, Pontotoc 4-H/Pontotoc Ridge FFA; Trevor Philips, Lee 4-H; Alyssa Moak, Lincoln 4-H/Lawrence Co. FFA; Eli Hunter Wilkerson, Scott 4-H; Kathryn Johnson, Lincoln 4-H; Mary Kathryn Shaw, Leflore 4-H; Marley Thornton, Smith 4-H/Raleigh FFA; Todd Rogers, Jones 4-H; Savana Ashley, Wilkinson 4-H; Olivia Howell, Holmes 4-H; Davian Powell, Holmes 4-H ; Elizabeth Rone, Panola 4-H/South Panola FFA; Tristen Phillipson, Raleigh FFA; Hunter Beason, Neshoba 4-H/Neshoba Central FFA; Jewell Vandevere, Yazoo 4-H; Anna Beth Blackwell, Smith 4-H/Raleigh FFA; Anna Grace Todd, Jones 4-H; Holden Lane Brown, Jasper 4-H; Madalyn Boyd, Lincoln 4-H/West Lincoln FFA; Nicholas Beatty, Scott 4-H; Jessica Fulgham, Leflore 4-H; Collin Mullins, Montgomery 4-H ; Abigayle Case, Covington 4-H; Ryan Purvis, Smith 4-H/Raleigh FFA; and Chloe Tolar, Smith 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 2022 Dixie National Junior Round-Up. Exhibitors who have an animal(s) in the 2022 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
Sixty-seven applications were received for the Premier Exhibitor Program at the 2021 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 29 exhibitors in the beef division, 5 in the dairy division, 7 in the lamb division, 16 in the swine division, 5 in the meat goat division, and 5 in the dairy goat division. The 2021 Premier Exhibitors are as follows:
- Beef Cattle – Hannah Buse, Jones 4-H
- Dairy Cattle – Connor Kilpatrick, Pontotoc 4-H
- Lamb – Katy Kendell Ware, Montgomery 4-H
- Swine – Rachel Carr, Leflore 4-H
- Meat Goat – Regan Hand, Newton 4-H
- Dairy Goat – Amanda Johnson, Lee 4-H/Saltillo FFA
Dixie National Junior Round-Up Supreme Beef Awards
The champion heifers of each breed competed for the Dixie National Junior Round-Up Supreme Beef Female. Addison Vowell, Scott 4-H, received this award with her Champion Red Angus heifer. The Dixie National Junior Round-Up Supreme Beef Bull was selected from the champion bulls of each breed. Tyler Lindsey, Jones 4-H, received this award with his Champion Grey Brahman 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. Carl 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. Dalton Cooper, Union 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. Payton/Mallary/Paxton Lemoine, Rankin 4-H/Puckett FFA, received this award with their 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. Brinkley Boswell, Rankin 4-H, received this award with her All Other Purebreds (LaMancha) Best in Show Senior Dairy Goat Doe. This award was a $1,500 scholarship presented by the Sale of Junior Champions.
JACKSON, Miss. -- Lily and Emma Grace Putnam raised their Mississippi-bred reserve champion lamb in their Sunflower County pasture, which they recently finished fencing in with the help of loans and grants.
“We have always had the land and have been pasturing it in piece by piece as we’ve been able to, but we needed to complete the fencing this year so we could finish breeding our ewes,” said Lily Putnam, a Sunflower County 4-H’er based in Sunflower County. “The loan was helpful to me because we used it to buy equipment to get ready for lambing and start a breeding business.”
Dairy goats make up a niche market of the Mississippi livestock industry, but their popularity is growing across the state. Interest has grown among 4-H livestock program members, people who participate in various other showmanship contests and people who want goat milk products.
The Dixie National Sale of Junior Champions began in 1969 as a conversation between two Mississippi State University livestock specialists dedicated to building better youth through livestock programs.
Four generations of 4-H’ers span the century
Mississippi State University Extension celebrated its centennial in 2014. The organization has touched countless lives in the last 100 years, including four generations of 4-H’ers in one family
For the 50th anniversary of the sale, the record-breaking total amount earned was $382,775. While the animals in the sale are impressive, the 4-H’ers are even more astounding.
When FARMtastic makes its rounds over South Mississippi, residents, businesses, schools, and community organizations come together to ensure that participants have a great time.
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.