The Missouri State Fair celebrated Youth in Agriculture Day, sponsored by Tractor Supply Company, Saturday, Aug. 17. The annual Sale of Champions highlighted the day, raising $131,900 to benefit Missouri youth involved in agriculture.
The opening lot was the Grand Champion Steer, exhibited by Kayla Morrow of Nevada. Kayla is a member of the Nevada FFA Chapter. Her 1,310-pound steer sold for $22,500, purchased by Briarwood Angus Farm, Dr. Curtis and Ann Long of Butler; and Edward Jones & Associates: Roger Bennett of Trenton, Shane Adrian of Moberly, Ryan Beumer of Marshall, Michael Bode of Shelbina, Jim Bonderer of Chillicothe, Alan Brandt of Warrensburg, Kevin Brown of Bowling Green, and David Clapp of Mexico.
Additional Edward Jones & Associates buyers included Darren Collier of Carthage, Diane Dudenhoeffer of Marshall, Ann Echelmeier of Columbia, Joe Fluty of Sedalia, Bill Fretwell of Columbia, Patrick Goodknight of Joplin, Doug Hammer of Independence, Mark Harrison of Chillicothe, Tom Hissink of Nevada, Bill Hudson of Kansas City, Shannon Isaacson of Macon, Cliff Jones of Independence, Alan Kimbel of Warrenton, Paul Kissick of Kirksville, Adam Kliethermes and Mark Kliethermes, both of Independence.
Additional Edward Jones & Associates buyers included Matt Kueny of Boonville, J. R. Lawless of Columbia, Rich Lawson of Warrensburg, Matt Logan of Pleasant Hill, Lon Luckert of Brookfield, Mark Matthews of St. Joseph, Virgil McDonald of Sedalia, Cole Merrill of Cameron, Matt Peiter of Boonville, Bill Phillips of Ozark, David Reid of Higginsville, Lance Reynolds of Boonville, Mark Saunders of Monroe City, Dennis Sieger of Clinton, Carl Simpson of Butler, John Skinner of Blue Springs, Doug Turnbough of Odessa, Brian Yarbrough of Excelsior Springs, and George Morse, of Harrisonville. Additional funds for the Grand Champion Steer were also contributed by Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters. The steer was donated to the University of Missouri-Columbia Livestock Judging Team.
The Grand Champion Barrow was exhibited by Abbe Gibson of Eagleville. Abbe’s 268-pound hog was purchased for $19,000 by BTC Bank with locations in Bethany, Gallatin, Albany, Pattonsburg, Chillicothe, and Lamoni, IA; and Oram Seed Company of Gilman City; along with Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters. The barrow was donated to the Missouri FFA Leadership Foundation.
Bryce Schmidt, of Maryville, exhibited the Grand Champion Market Lamb that was purchased for $19,000 by the Jerry Litton Family Memorial Foundation of Chillicothe, along with Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters. Bryce’s 137-pound lamb was donated to the Missouri FFA Leadership Fund.
The Grand Champion Pen of Meat Rabbits was exhibited by Kristina Nadler of New Melle. Kristina’s rabbits were purchased by the Martin Family comprised of Nathan and Susan Martin, Paul and Sharon Martin, Phillip and Heather Martin, Brian Martin, Lance Martin, Neal Martin, Elaine Martin, Tom and Nancy Nelson, Ronnie Backhaus and Steve Nadler; and the Missouri State Rabbit Producers Association; along with Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters for $5,200. The pen was donated to the Missouri Food Bank Association.
Hannah Bruse, of Princeton, exhibited the Grand Champion Pen of Chickens. Hannah’s Cornish Cross broilers weighed an average of 6.5 pounds and were purchased by the University of Missouri-Columbia Sigma Alpha Sorority, along with Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters for $2,800. Her birds were donated to the Missouri FFA Leadership Foundation.
The Grand Champion Meat Goat was exhibited by Carter Ward of Plattsburg. Carter’s Boer goat was purchased for $5,200 by Heimer & Associates of Quincy, IL; Heimer Hampshires of Taylor; and the Missouri Meat Goat Producers Association, along with Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters.
Mackenzie Mawson, of Archie, exhibited the Reserve Grand Champion Steer. Mackenzie’s 1,315-pound steer was purchased for $16,000 by ADM Alliance Nutrition/MoorMan’s ShowTec, the Missouri State Fair Concessionaries and Commercial Exhibitors: Allen Dennis Concessions, Inc., Brick Front Grill, Budweiser Stage/Mark’s Brothers, Chuck & Dee’s, Cowboy Shop, Creamy Rich, Exclusive Home Products, Jackson’s Smokehouse, LLC, Kim-Laine Concessions, McKinney Food Services, McKinney’s Fried Chicken, N D P Enterprise, Shallow Concessions, Specialty Products, Tim McKinney Food Service, Timberline Traders, Truck’s Place, Versa Products, Webster Products, and Westmoreland Concessions, along with Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters.
Mackenzie Mawson, of Archie, showed the Reserve Grand Champion Barrow. Mackenzie’s 266-pound Crossbred barrow was purchased for $16,000 by the Monsanto Company, along with Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters. It was donated to the University of Missouri-Columbia Livestock Judging Team and the Missouri FFA Leadership Foundation.
Tyler Jenkins, of Marshall, showed the Reserve Champion Market Lamb. Tyler’s Crossbred lamb weighed 140-pounds and was purchased for $12,000 by the University of Missouri-Columbia Independent Aggies, along with Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters.
The Reserve Champion Pen of Meat Rabbits was exhibited by Jullian Alkire of Dawn. Jullian’s rabbits sold for $6,000 to MFA Incorporated of Columbia, and the Missouri State Rabbit Producers Association, along with Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters. The rabbits were donated to the Missouri Food Bank Association.
Vivian Buie, of Marshall, exhibited the Reserve Champion Pen of Chickens. Vivian’s Cornish cross broilers weighed an average of 5.3 pounds and sold for $2,200 to RIBUS, Inc., of St. Louis; and Wheeler Auctions & Real Estate of Paris; along with Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters. The pen of birds was donated to the Missouri FFA Leadership Foundation.
Gage Porter, of Mercer, exhibited the Boer goat, which weighed 77 pounds and sold for $4,000 to DuPont Pioneer and supporting Pioneer sales professionals: Rick Aspegren, Chris Blumhorst, Tony and Toodie Brackman, Matt and Katie Close, Gary and Teresa Curtis, Guinn Agronomy Services LLC, Mike Hanson, Clark and Rachelle Heman, Ed Hesse, Kennedy’s Seed Center, Rob Koll, Rick Rainey, Chad Reid, Pleasant Valley Farms/Rick Ridge, Rosier Ag Services LLC, David Thomas, and Bill and John Thompson, along with Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters. The Boer goat was donated to the Missouri FFA Leadership Foundation.
The last lot of the sale was the Limited Edition State Fair Commemorative Belt Buckle, which was purchased by Briarwood Angus Farm, Dr. Curtis and Ann Long of Butler, for $2,000.
Wayne Yokley, Chairman of the Missouri State Fair Youth in Agriculture Committee, and Superintendent of the Sale of Champions, said the Sale cannot be credited for its large success without the support from our Youth in Agriculture sponsors. Proceeds from the Sale go to the exhibitors and to Youth in Agriculture scholarships.
Since 1992, the Missouri State Fair Youth in Agriculture Committee has awarded scholarships totaling $361,000. Applications for the 2014 YIA scholarships will be available on the Missouri State Fair website in November, and applications will be due by February 1, 2014.
A complete list of all 2013 Youth in Agriculture sponsors will be available at www.mostatefair.com.
The 2013 Missouri State Fair, themed “Chicks Dig It!,” ended Aug.18 in Sedalia. For more information about competitions and other events, visit www.mostatefair.com, follow the Fair on Facebook and Twitter, or call 1-800-422-FAIR (3247). Photos courtesy Missouri State Fair.