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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: 2019 – $382,775

Total of sales from 1970 to 2019: $7,281,924.40 ​

The 50th 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 25th year in a row for the sale to gross over $100,000. The preliminary gross total for the 45 animals sold was $382,775, a NEW SALE RECORD. The 10 steers averaged $10,250 per head; the 15 hogs averaged $6,267 per head; the 10 lambs averaged $6,450 per head; and the 10 goats averaged $7,150 per head. The Grand Champion Steer was purchased by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi, Haley & Marsha Barbour, MGD Holdings, Inc., MSU President Mark Keenum, and Ergon for $18,000. Wade, Inc., Planters Bank, Gresham Petroleum, Delta Western, W.S. “Red” Hancock, Inc., Bankplus, Bill Brown, Taylor Machinery, and Scott Petroleum purchased the Grand Champion Hog for $11,000. APAC of MS, Inc., Deviney Construction, Entergy, Inc., Puckett Machinery, and Yates Construction Company purchased the Grand Champion Lamb for $8,000. The Grand Champion Goat was purchased by The Jackson Area Ford Dealers – Watson Quality Ford and Gray-Daniels Ford - for $8,000.   

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 Corners Properties, Adcamp Inc., AGRI-AFC, LLC, Aluminum Contractors, APAC of Mississippi, Inc., Attala Frozen Foods, B&E Communications, Inc., B & S Tire, B & W Show Goats, BAMS Farms, Bank of Commerce, Bank of Kilmichael, Bank of Winona, Bank of Yazoo, BankFirst Financial Services, BankPlus, Barksdale Cadillac, Barnett’s Body Shop, Barrett Law Group, P.A., Beartail Farms, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MS, Boots & More, Brandon Discount Drugs, Bridges Kwik Way, Brock Plumbing, Bubba Bond Logging, LLC, Buckeye Farms, Bumper to Bumper Delta Tire, CA Feeds, Capitol Ag Services, Inc., Capitol Body Shop, Cavender’s Western Outfitters, Charles Donald Pulpwood, Inc., Coastal Industrial Contractors, Inc., Cock of the Walk, Cole Livestock Insurance Agency, Collins Farms, Community Bank of Brandon, Community Bank, Copeland & Johns Construction, Corteva Agri Science, Craig-Wilkinson, Inc., Crye-Leike Realtors, Curtis Massey Cattle Company, Custom Metal Solutions, Dairy Management Systems, Delta Crop & Research, Inc., Delta Western, Deviney Construction Company, Dixie National Booster Club, Donahoo Heating & Cooling, Downtown Finance, Dunham, Inc., Elite Medical, Empire Trucks, Energy Group, Entergy, Inc., Ergon, Inc., Farmers Grain Terminal, Fancher Cattle Company, Fisackerly Sales, First Financial Bank, First South Farm Credit – MS Division, Five Star Home Inspections, Forest Ford, Franks Chevrolet Buick GMC, Gaddis & McLaurin, Inc., Gaddis & McLaurin Gin, Gray-Daniels Ford, Greenleaf Farms, GreenPoint Ag,, Gresham Petroleum Company, Hammett Gravel Company, Inc., Harris Land & Cattle Co., Havard Pest Control, Helena Agri-Enterprise, Henry, Barbour, DeCell & Bridgforth, Henson Distributing, Hilton-Jackson, Hodges Enterprises, Homefront Home Improvement Center, Homefront Improvement Center, Horizon Ag, Indianola Insurance, J & R Restaurant Group, Inc., Jackson, Braswell, Mullins, & Bailey, PA, Jake & Rips, Grenada, Jones & Company, Jones County Drugs, JP Show Cattle, Keith White Ford Lincoln, Keithco Petroleum, Key, LLC - Engineers - Constructors, Killen Contractors, Kirk Auto Group of Grenada, KLLM Trucking, Lancaster, Taylor & Associates, Legacy Land and Financial Consulting, LLC, Live Oak Farms, Madison County Co-Op, Majestic Metal, Matthews, Cutrer & Lindsay, McAnerny’s, McDonald Trucking Incorporated, McIntosh Construction, Inc., Merchants & Planters Bank, Meyer & Rosenbaum, Inc., MGD Holdings, LLC, Mid Delta Cotton Processors, Mid Delta Metal, MS Agriculture Commissioner Andy Gipson, MS Ag Company, MS Land Bank, MS Power, MS Auditor Shad White, MS Cattlemen’s Association, MS Farm & Garden, MS Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance Company, MS Farm Bureau Federation, MS Governor Phil Bryant, MS Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney, MS Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, MS Representative Noah Sandford, MS Representative, District 46 Karl Oliver, MS Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann, MS Speaker Philip Gunn, MS Treasurer Lynn Fitch, MSU President Dr. Mark Keenum, N&W Construction Co., Inc., Napa Auto Parts of Winona, Noel Daniels Motor Company, Nutrien Ag Solutions, Inc., Oak Hill Cabinets, Oktibbeha County Co-Op, Oldham Chemical, Oliver Farms, Parker – McGill Motors, Peoples Bank, Phillips Farms Elevator, Phoenix Development Co., LLC, Pioneer Seed, Planters Bank & Trust Co., Planters Insurance Group, Poe Farms, Pontotoc Animal Clinic, Pontotoc Chancery Clerk, Pontotoc County Fair

Association, Pontotoc District 1 Supervisor, Priority One Bank, Professional Tax Service, Pruet Oil Company, Puckett Machinery, Rankin First Economic Development, Reed’s Metals, Regions Bank, Reeder Farm Supply, REM, LLC, Robinson Club Goats, Ross & Yerger Insurance, RPT Distributing, Sanders Seed Company, Sanderson Farms, Scott Petroleum, Secure Futures LLC, Shapley Development, Shoe & Boot Outlet, Signs First, Simmons Farm Raised Catfish, Inc., South Coast Geo Services, Southern AgCredit, ACA, Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance, Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance, Southern Farm Services, Southern States Utility Trailer Sales, St. Rest Planting, State Farm, Stribling Equipment Company, Structural Steel Services, Sunflower Lumber & Home Center II, Supervisor Leflore County, Sam Abraham, Sure Restore, Syngenta Crop Protection, Tanner Construction/Cattle Company, Taylor Machinery, Taylor Made Labels, Inc., Ted Cannon State Farm, Ted Parker Cattle Co., TeleSouth Communications, Terry Trane Services, The Farm Supply, The First – A National Banking Association, The Gaddis Farms, Inc., The Kennel Club Steakhouse, Thomasson Company, Tico's Steakhouse, Tom Smith Land & Homes, Trustmark Bank, Tyson Foods, Upchurch Services, U.S. Congressman Michael Guest, U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, VP of the DAFVM at MSU – Dr. Greg Bohach, Vaiden Farm Supply, Vitamins Plus, W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Co., W.S. “Red” Hancock, Inc., Wade, Inc. - Greenwood, Ware Milling, Warren Excavation, Watson Quality Ford, Wier + Boerner Architecture, PLLC, Winona Stockyard, Winona Tractor & Equipment Inc., Wood & Cloth, Woods Farm Supply, Haley & Marsha Barbour, Janice Barrett, Pat Barrett Jr., Doug Berry, Bill Brown, Justin Brown, Kipp Brown, Stacey Brown, Brett & Deana Favre, Eddie & Cris Guillot, Joe Hayman, J.L. Holloway, Steve Hutton, Bryan Jones, John Lundy, Paul McMurry, Perry Parker, W.A. Payne, George Rhodes, Pat Sigrest, John Stanley, B.T. & Tiffany Steadman, Dr. Andrew Tucker.

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, 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, Staplcotn, The Clarion-Ledger, The Gaddis Farms, VP of the DAFVM at MSU – Dr. Greg Bohach, Vowell’s Marketplace, Walker Foundation, W.S. Scott Company, 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 50 sales have grossed over $7.28 million. The first sale in 1970 had a gross total of $7,621.35. This outstanding activity has come a long way in 50 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. 



In addition to the Sale of Champions animals, 37 scholarships were awarded totaling $58,500. In the past 27 years, $891,200 have been awarded to Mississippi youth to assist them with their college education.  Click here to view the 2019 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: Sara Mitchell, Alcorn 4-H/Kossuth FFA; John Ryan Soigner, Hinds 4-H; Anna Margaret Kilgore, Jones 4-H; Kelsey Kimzey, Panola 4-H; Emily Grace Thompson, Enterprise FFA; James Patrick Hinton, Jasper 4-H; Kallie Marie Wallace, Greene 4-H/FFA; Karlea Grace Dixon, Lawrence 4-H; Thomas Nutt, Rankin 4-H/Pisgah FFA; Olivia Branum, Pearl River 4-H/Poplarville FFA; James Wesley Lester, Sunflower 4-H; Zachary Brown, Forest 4-H; Benjamin Wilkinson, Pike 4-H; Shelby Abrams, Chickasaw 4-H; Ellie Hughes, Clarke 4-H; Alexis Sullivan, Simpson 4-H/Simpson Co. CTC FFA; Shae Philips, Lee 4-H; Annalyn Bradshaw, Jones 4-H/South Jones FFA; Colton Lott, Forest 4-H; Austin Bennett, Leflore 4-H; Jacob Johnson, Lincoln 4-H; Adison Mauldin, Jones 4-H/West Jones FFA; Lindsey Dunn, Alcorn 4-H/FFA; Ana Clayton Scroggins, Sunflower 4-H; and Caitlyn Adams, Raleigh FFA. 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 2020 Dixie National Junior Round-Up. Exhibitors who have an animal(s) in the 2020 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 twelve applications were received for the Premier Exhibitor Program at the 2019 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 55 exhibitors in the beef division, 5 in the dairy

division, 8 in the lamb division, 25 in the swine division, 11 in the meat goat division, and 8 in the dairy goat division. The 2019 Premier Exhibitors are as follows:

  • Beef Cattle – Rylie Melancon, Lincoln 4-H
  • Dairy Cattle – Mary Beth Ainsworth, Lawrence 4-H
  • Lamb – Collin Mullins, Montgomery 4-H
  • Swine – Amelia Buckley, Covington 4-H/FFA
  • Meat Goat – Katie Barnes, Newton 4-H/FFA
  • Dairy Goat – Ken Hall, 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. Landry Dyess, Newton 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. Walker McGuffee, Simpson 4-H, received this award with his Champion Hereford 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. Kylee Roberts, Smith 4-H, received this award with her 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. Katie Norris, West Marion FFA, 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. Maggie Boswell, Rankin 4-H, received this award with her All Other Purebreds Best in Show Senior Dairy Goat Doe. This award was a $1,500 scholarship presented by the Sale of Junior Champions.

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A teenage girl holds the halter on the face of her muscular, white steer as she and a tall man standing behind them look at the photographer.
Filed Under: 4-H Livestock Program, Youth Livestock, Volunteers, Youth Projects, Agriculture, Livestock February 8, 2019

 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.

Black and white Hostein cows and light brown Jersey cows graze on green grass.
Filed Under: Youth Livestock, Dairy October 19, 2018

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)

A young girl and her mother are pictured with their horse.
Filed Under: 4-H, 4-H Livestock Program, Youth Livestock May 22, 2018

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.”

Filed Under: 4-H, Youth Livestock April 27, 2018

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.”

A young man kneels next to his goat at the Dixie National Sale of Junior Champions.
Filed Under: 4-H, 4-H Livestock Program, Youth Livestock February 9, 2018

Tyler Branch has been showing goats since he was 8 years old, and all his years of hard work really paid off this week.

Success Stories

Four girls wearing cowboy hats and sashes at the 2019 Sale of Champions.
Youth Livestock
Volume 5 Number 2

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.

A young boy throws a rope toward a fake bull with the help of an older man standing behind him.
4-H, 4-H Livestock Program, Youth Livestock, Youth Poultry, Join 4-H
Volume 5 Number 2

When FARMtastic makes its rounds over South Mississippi, residents, businesses, schools, and community organizations come together to ensure that participants have a great time.

A man wearing a green and white plaid shirt, blue jeans, and a brown baseball cap stands in front of a bright red machine parked inside a metal building.
4-H, 4-H Livestock Program, Youth Livestock, Youth Projects, Agriculture, Crops, Corn, Soybeans, Wheat, Livestock, Beef
Volume 4 Number 3

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.

A young woman with brown hair and a pink shirt stands smiling while holding a black and white speckled chicken next to her face.
4-H, 4-H Livestock Program, Youth Livestock, Youth Poultry, Join 4-H, Support 4-H, Youth Projects
Volume 4 Number 3

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.

A man and two girls stand in a barn with three horses.
Youth Livestock, Youth Horse, Equine
Volume 4 Number 1

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.


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