Missouri Sale of Champions tops $114,000

The Missouri State Fair annual Sale of Champions Saturday raised $114,050 to benefit Missouri youth involved in agriculture.

The Grand Champion Steer was exhibited by Bailey Dent of Rolla. The 1,325-pound Crossbred steer sold for $20,000 to Edward Jones & Associates, according to a news release issued by the Missouri State Fair. The steer was donated to the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters participated in all of the Sale of Champions purchases.

The 274-pound Crossbred Grand Champion Barrow, exhibited by Emily Tallman of Archie, was purchased for $19,000 by Monsanto and Farmland Foods. The barrow was donated to the Missouri 4-H Foundation.

Troy Sloan of Cameron exhibited the 137-pound Hampshire Grand Champion Market Lamb and sold it for $14,000 to Edward Jones & Associates, the Missouri State Fair Concessionaires and Commercial Exhibitors.

The Grand Champion Pen of Meat Rabbits was exhibited by Ty Coats of Braymer. The New Zealand rabbits were purchased by the Missouri State Rabbit Producers Association and Lewis Hybrids of Ursa, IL, for $1,900. The rabbits were donated to the Missouri Food Bank Association.

Codi Coats of Braymer sold the Grand Champion Pen of Chickens. Her Cornish Cross broilers were sold to the MU Independent Aggies for $1,900. The chickens were donated to the Missouri Food Bank Association.

The Grand Champion Meat Goat was exhibited by Kayla Morrow of Bronaugh. The Boer meat goat sold for $5,000 to the Missouri Meat Goat Producers Association with the animal being donated to the Missouri Food Bank Association.

Evan Kempker of Jefferson City exhibited the Reserve Grand Champion Steer. The 1,295-pound steer was purchased for $17,250 by MFA Incorporated.

Marlena Long from Paris showed the Reserve Grand Champion Barrow. The 263-pound Crossbred barrow was purchased for $15,500 by Wheeler Auctions and Real Estate and MU Independent Aggies.

Brady Minear from Livonia showed the Reserve Champion Market Lamb. The Hampshire lamb weighed 136 pounds and was purchased for $11,500 by ADM Alliance Nutrition/MoorMan’s ShowTec. The lamb was donated to the University of Missouri-Columbia.

The Reserve Champion Pen of Meat Rabbits was exhibited by Codi Coats of Braymer. Her New Zealand rabbits sold for $1,200 to American Family Insurance and Heimer & Associates. The rabbits were donated to the Missouri Food Bank Association.

Ty Coats of Braymer showed the Reserve Champion Pen of Chickens. The Cornish cross broilers weighed an average of 6.6 pounds and sold for $1,200 to Lewis Hybrids of Ursa, IL. The birds were donated to the Missouri Food Bank Association.

ADM Alliance Nutrition/MoorMan’s ShowTec, RIBUS, Inc. of St. Louis purchased the Reserve Grand Champion Meat Goat for $2,400. The 94-pound Boer meat goat was exhibited by Spencer Scotten of Nevada, and was donated to the University of Missouri-Columbia.

The last lot of the sale was the Limited Edition State Fair Commemorative Belt Buckle purchased by Dr. Curtis Long, Briarwood Angus Farm of Butler, for a record $3,200.

Wayne Yokley, Chairman of the Missouri State Fair Youth in Agriculture Committee, and Superintendent of the Sale of Champions, said the Sale’s success is possible because of support from Youth in Agriculture sponsors. Proceeds from the sale go to the exhibitors and to Youth in Agriculture scholarships. Since 1992, the Youth in Agriculture Committee has awarded scholarships totaling close to $300,000.


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