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 2019: $7,686,319.40
The 51st 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 26th year in a row for the sale to gross over $100,000. The preliminary gross total for the 46 animals sold was $404,395, a NEW SALE RECORD. The 9 steers averaged $9,722 per head; the 15 hogs averaged $6,667 per head; the 10 lambs averaged $7,125 per head; and the 12 goats averaged $6,458 per head. The Grand Champion Steer was purchased by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi, Haley & Marsha Barbour, and Ergon for $18,000. Sanderson Farms purchased the Grand Champion Hog for $10,000. The Grand Champion Lamb was purchased by US Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, MS Treasurer David McRae, MS Ag Commissioner Andy Gipson, MS Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney, MS Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann, MS Attorney General Lynn Fitch, MS Secretary of State Michael Watson, MS Auditor Shad White, US Congressman Mike Guest, Associate Justice of the Supreme Count of MS Kenny Griffis, and Havard Pest Control for $9,500. The Grand Champion Goat was purchased by Stribling Equipment, Empire Truck Sales, KLLM Transport Services, Southern States Utility Trailer Sales, and Regions Bank 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 3L Farms & Kennels, Abby Farms, Adam Harmon Insulation & Weatherization, Adcamp Inc., ALFA Agent Stephanie Devall, Alliance Ag Risk Management, Aluminum Contractors, APAC of Mississippi, Inc., Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of MS Kenny Griffis, B&E Communications, Inc., BAMS Farms, Bank of Commerce, Bank of Kilmichael, Bank of Okolona, Bank of Winona, Bank of Yazoo City, BankFirst Financial Services, BankPlus, Banner Printing Co., Barnett’s Body Shop, Barrett Law Group, P.A., Bear Creek Fisheries, Bellipanni Eye Clinic, Blue Cross Blue Shield of MS, Bodie Construction, Boots & More, Bozeman Farms, Brandon Discount Drugs, Braswell Enterprises, Bridges Kwik Way, Bruce Farm Supply, Bryant Club Calves, C&S Saw Mill, Calhoun County Fair Board, Calhoun Oil, Cannon Motors of MS, Capitol Ag Services, Inc., Capitol Body Shop, Carr Family, Catfish Express, Inc., Cattlemen’s Stockyard, LLC, Cavender’s Western Outfitters, Chandler Drugs, Charles Donald Pulpwood, Inc., Chickasaw Equipment Company, Circle B Farms, Coastal Industrial Contractors, Inc., Cock of the Walk, Codaray Construction Co., Collins Farms, Comfort & More, Inc., Community Bank of Brandon, Consolidated Catfish, Corteva Agri Science, Cotton Belt Aviation, Craft Farms, Curtis Massey Cattle Company, Custom Coverage Insurance, DDB Construction, DDS Farms, Dairy Management Systems, Davis Electrical & Mechanical, DeLoach Insurance Services, Delta Farm & Auto, LLC, Delta Outdoors, Delta Outfitters, Delta Western, Deviney Construction Company, Dirt Dobber Farms, Dixie National Booster Club, Donahoo Fish Farms, Donahoo Heating & Cooling, LLC, Double D Farms, Double K Ranch, Elite Medical PLLC, Ellison Anthony Ranch, LLC, Empire Trucks, Entergy, Inc., Ergon, Inc., Express Grain Terminals, LLC, Farm Bureau – Bruce, Farmer’s Depot, Fancher Cattle Company, Farm Bureau Bank, First Choice Bank, First Financial Bank, First South Farm Credit – MS Division, Fishbelt Feeds, Inc., Fox Law Firm, Franks Chevrolet Buick GMC, Gaddis & McLaurin Store, Giachelli Farms, Goldberg’s Dept. Store, Gray-Daniels Ford, Great Plains Ag, Gresham Petroleum Company, Grocer’s Pride, Guaranty Bank & Trust Co., Hammett Gravel Company, Inc., Havard Pest Control, Headerman Bros., Helena Agri-Enterprises, LLC, Hi Grade Farm Supply & Gin, Hilton-Jackson, Indianola Pecan House, Jackson Truck & Trailer, Jake & Rips, Grenada, Jones & Company, JSG Services, Key, LLC - Engineers - Constructors, Killen Contractors Inc., Kirk Auto Group of Grenada, KLLM Trucking, Legacy Land and Financial Consulting, LLC, Live Oak Planting Co., Log Cabin Store, Lyle Machinery, M & M Land and Oil Investments, MGK Seining Co., Mac Haik Auto Group – Jackson, MacDon Industries, Magee Construction Co., Marion County Cattlemen’s Association, Matthews, Cutrer & Lindsay, McDonald Trucking Incorporated, McGuffee Drugs, McGuffee Polled Herefords, McIntosh Construction, Inc., McNealy Fish Farms, Merchants & Planters Bank, Meyer & Rosenbaum, Inc., Mid Delta Auction, Mid Delta Cotton Processors, Mid Delta Metal, Mid Delta Rental, 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 Livestock Marketing Association, MS Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann, MS Power, MS Representative Jim and Susan Beckett, MS Representative, District 46 Karl Oliver, MS Secretary of State Michael Watson, MS Senator Ben Suber, MS Speaker of the House Philip Gunn, MS Treasurer David McRae, MSU President Dr. Mark Keenum, Noel Daniels Motor Company, Nutrien Ag Solutions, Inc., OFS – Clinton, Oldham Chemicals Company, Inc., Oliver Farms, Owen Powersports, Parker – McGill Motors, Parker Brothers Inc., Petroleum Equipment Company, Phillips Farms Elevator, Phoenix Development Co., LLC, Phytogen, Pine Hill Farms, Planters Bank & Trust Co., Planters Insurance Group, Pontotoc District 5 Supervisor Brad Ward, Port City Security, Potter & Lloyd Fish Farm, Priority One Bank, Provine Helicopter Service, Pruet Oil Company, Puckett Machinery, Randle Farms, Rankin First Economic Development, Regions Bank, Reeder Farm Supply, REM LLC, Ridgecrest Farms, Riverside Insurance Agency, Rocking H Farm & Ranch, Ross & Yerger Insurance, Russell Fish Farm, S&W Electric, LLC, Sanderson Farms, Signs First, Simmons Farm Raised Catfish, Inc., Simplot Grower Solutions, Simpson County Home Center, Southern AgCredit, ACA, Southern Farm Bureau Casualty Insurance, Southern Farm Bureau Life Insurance, Southern States Utility Trailer Sales, State Farm Agent Amanda Parish, Stegall Farms, Stepp-Saver Pharmacy, Steward Link LLC, Stribling Equipment Company, Structural Steel Services, Inc., Sunflower Lumber & Home Center, Superior Parts, Syngenta Crop Protection, T & D Fish Farm, Tackett Fish Farms, Tadlock Stockyards, Taylor Machinery, Tech Connect, Ted Parker Cattle Co., Tedford’s, TeleSouth Communications, Terry Trane Services, The First – A National Banking Association, The Gaddis Farms, Inc., Thomasson Company, Tico's Steakhouse, Tony Tolar Family, Topashaw Packing, Town Creek Farm, Tradition Truck Sales, Trustmark Bank, Tyson Foods, Upchurch Services, U.S. Congressman Michael Guest, U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith, Vaiden Farm Supply, Valent, Vitamins Plus LLC, W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Co., Wade, Inc. - Greenwood, Walker Farms II, Webster’s, Weyerhaeuser, Wood & Cloth, Haley & Marsha Barbour, Janice Barrett, Pat Barrett Jr., Doug Berry, David & Debra Bramlitt, W.J. Braswell, Bill Brown, Kipp Brown, Phil Bryant, Audra & Mark Chism, Theo Costas, Ken Hewlett, Mac & Serita Johnson, Bryan Jones, Ted Kendall III, John Lundy, Jack & Rose Marie Moody, Fred T. Neely, Lance & Brandy Newman, Dr. Jim Newsome, W.A. Payne – Camellia Lakes, LLC, Jay Phelps, Harold Riley, Michael Riley, Jennifer Sharp, Glen Sowell, John Stanley, Dr. Walt Starr, Mark & Ann Stephens, Heather & Derek Stevens, Sherry Thompson, Louis Wilkinson, and Jack & Jeanette Winstead.
Others who made contributions to assist with the sale and the scholarship fund were: Aladdin, Black Creek Outfitters, Chick-Fil-A – Clinton, Chimneyville Smokehouse, Inc., Daigle Enterprises, L.P., Dixie National Booster Club, Eagle Ridge Conference Center, 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 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, Warren County 4-H, Wilson’s Meat House, Haley & Marsha Barbour, Bob Montgomery, and Jim O’Mara.
The Sale of Junior Champions continues to mean a lot to our Mississippi youth livestock program. The 51 sales have grossed over $7.68 million. The first sale in 1970 had a gross total of $7,621.35. This outstanding activity has come a long way in 51 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, 37 scholarships were awarded totaling $58,500. In the past 28 years, $949,700 has been awarded to Mississippi youth to assist them with their college education.
Click here to view the 2020 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: Lacy Raines, Union 4-H; Ken Hall, Hinds 4-H; Micah Taylor, Lee 4-H; McKenna Prisock, Oktibbeha 4-H; Tyler Barlow, Jasper 4-H; Tyler Owen, Jones 4-H; Lexi Alexander, Lawrence 4-H; Aaliyah Lyles, Hinds 4-H; Pearce Edwards, Holmes 4-H; Wyatt Fullington, Hinds 4-H; Emree Sifford, Hinds 4-H; Skylar Noblin-Laminack, Hinds 4-H; Katie Barnes, Newton 4-H/FFA; Tiffany Lea, Loyd Star FFA; LeAnne Breland, Jones 4-H/West Jones FFA; Jaycie Welch, Rankin 4-H/Puckett FFA; Marlee Turner, Alcorn 4-H/Kossuth FFA; Mary Claire Martin, Bolivar 4-H; Laney Anderson, Lincoln 4-H/West Lincoln FFA; Stran Melancon, Wilkinson 4-H; Anna Ball, Hinds 4-H; Jillian Roberts, Humphreys 4-H; Anna Grace Rowland, Sunflower 4-H; Shelby Layne Carwyle, Loyd Star FFA; and James Roberts, Humphreys 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 2021 Dixie National Junior Round-Up. Exhibitors who have an animal(s) in the 2021 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
Eighty-nine applications were received for the Premier Exhibitor Program at the 2020 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, 8 in the dairy division, 8 in the lamb division, 22 in the swine division, 7 in the meat goat division, and 6 in the dairy goat division. The 2019 Premier Exhibitors are as follows:
- Beef Cattle – Jace Welborn, Jasper 4-H
- Dairy Cattle – Hunter Beason, Neshoba 4-H
- Lamb – Jorja Roberson, Union 4-H
- Swine – Tucker Woods, Covington 4-H
- Meat Goat – Elizabeth Nichols, Pontotoc 4-H
- Dairy Goat – Maggie Boswell, Rankin 4-H
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. Dalton Cooper, Union 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. 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. Ann Fleming/Taylor Leflore, Lafayette 4-H, 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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As Jimmy Henry’s health began to decline, his wife, Shirley, wanted him to remain comfortable, safe, and happy. When the time came for Jimmy to enter a nursing home, Shirley was determined to stay right by his side, so she went with him.