The Missouri State Fair Youth Livestock Show celebrated youth in agriculture on Saturday, Aug. 22.

The annual Sale of Champions highlighted the day, breaking numerous records from previous sales raising a total of $193,120 for Youth in Agriculture.

 

The Grand Champion Steer was exhibited by Austin Dorman of Wright City. Austin is the son of Joey and Tracy Dorman and is a member of the Wright City FFA Chapter. His 1,310-pound Crossbred steer sold for $15,000, and was purchased by the Hayden Freedom Foundation, Sedalia. Additional funds for the Grand Champion Steer were also contributed by Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters resulting in a total record-breaking sale value of $42,500.

 

The Grand Champion Barrow was exhibited by Payton Rodgers of Savannah. Payton is the daughter of Blaine and Melissa Rodgers and is a member of the Kodiak Kadettes 4-H Club. Her 289-pound Crossbred hog was purchased for $10,500 by a collective group of Edward Jones Associates from across Missouri and Illinois; Heimer & Associates, Inc. /Rodney Heimer, Quincy, IL; Heimer Hampshires/Jesse & Amy Heimer, Taylor; and Passion for Pigs Veterinary Services, LLC/Dr. Stephen Patterson, Shelbina. Additional funds were also contributed by Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters resulting in a total sale value of $17,810.

 

Reagan Rodgers, of Savannah, exhibited the Grand Champion Market Lamb.  Reagan is the daughter of Blaine and Melissa Rodgers and is a member of the Kodiak Kadettes 4-H Club. Her Hampshire lamb weighed 123 pounds and was purchased for $8,500 by CFM Insurance, Concordia; RIBUS, Inc./Steve Peirce, St. Louis; and the Edward Jones Associates, along with additional funds from Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters. The total sale value of the Grand Champion Lamb was $14,547.

 

The Grand Champion Meat Goat was exhibited by Stetson Wiss of Lamar. Stetson is the son of Casey and Brooke Wiss and is a member of the Show-Me 4-H Club. His Boer goat weighed 93 pounds and was purchased for $5,500 by Heritage Tractor, Inc./Ken Wagner of Baldwin City, KS.  Additional funds were also contributed by Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters resulting in a record-breaking total sale value of $10,892.

 

The Grand Champion Pen of Chickens was exhibited by Lauren Bailey, of Clinton. Lauren is the daughter of Cathy Bailey and Danny Bailey and is a member of the Clinton FFA Chapter. Her broilers weighed an average of 6.92 pounds and were purchased by the MU Sigma-Alpha Sorority; Hawthorn Bank; and Subway/Eddie & Shana DeJaynes (in memory of Mike Riley) for $4,000. Additional funds were contributed from Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters resulting in a record-breaking total sale value of $10,416.

 

Gage Baker, of Fulton, exhibited the Reserve Grand Champion Steer. Gage is the son of Rhad & Leah Baker and is a member of the Rising Sun 4-H Club. Gage’s 1,325-pound Crossbred steer was purchased for $8,000 by The Climate Corporation, St. Louis; and the MU Independent Aggies. Additional funds from Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters resulted in a total sale value $28,868.

 

Connor Keithley, of Chillicothe, showed the Reserve Grand Champion Barrow. Connor is the son of Chad and Betsy Keithley and is a member of the Chillicothe FFA Chapter. Connor’s 292-pound Crossbred barrow was purchased for $7,000 by BTC Bank and Team Sloan Livestock/Scott, Tonya, Cody and Troy Sloan, Cameron. Additional funds were provided by Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters resulting in a record-breaking total sale value of $35,068.

 

Mikena Brown, of Neosho, showed the Reserve Champion Market Lamb. Mikena is the daughter of Jason and Misty Bond and is a member of the Neosho FFA Chapter. Her Hampshire lamb weighed 153 pounds and was purchased for $2,500 by Grant Company, LLC/Eric Grant, Kansas City; and Missouri State Fair Concessionaires (Exclusive Home Products/ Michael Firkus; Grigsby Enterprise, LLC/Wonderstick/Lee Grigsby; Little Truck’s Place/Mac Heimsoth; McKinney’s Fried Chicken; McKinney Food Services; Swat & Penny Ryal; Truck’s Place/Mike Johnson; Two and a Half Men/Caleb Eckhoff). Additional funds were also contributed by Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters resulting in a total sale value of $10,795.

 

Grey Porter, of Mercer, exhibited the Reserve Grand Champion Meat Goat. Grey is the son of Gary and Lori Porter and is a member of the North Mercer FFA Chapter. Grey’s Boer goat weighed 91 pounds and sold for $3,250 to BTC Bank and ADM Animal Nutrition/MoorMan’s ShowTec. Additional funds from Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters resulted in a record-breaking total sale value of $14,071.

 

Jasey Peoples, of Polo, exhibited the Reserve Champion Pen of Chickens. Jasey is the daughter of Jason and Gina Peoples and is a member of the Polo Trailblazers 4-H Club. Jasey’s broilers weighed an average of 6.61 pounds and sold for $1,750 to the Edward Jones Associates, with additional funds from Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters resulting in a record-breaking total sale value of $4,353.

 

The last lot of the sale was the Limited Edition Sale of Champions Commemorative Belt Buckle, which was purchased by the Jerry Litton Family Memorial Foundation, located in Chillicothe, for $1,800.

 

The last action item of the day was Randy Little of Republic and the Edward Jones Associates who each made an additional contribution of $1,000 to the Missouri State Fair Youth in Agriculture Scholarship Program. Additional information regarding the availability of scholarships will be posted on the State Fair’s website in November. Applications will be due on February 1, 2021.

 

Wayne Yokley, Chairman of the Missouri State Fair Foundation Youth in Agriculture Committee, and Superintendent of the Sale of Champions, offered thanks and appreciation to all buyers and Youth in Agriculture sponsors. The youth exhibitors were especially excited to participate in the Sale this year and raised a record-breaking amount of hometown support. Proceeds from the Sale go to the sale exhibitors and are used to award Missouri State Fair Youth in Agriculture scholarships. He also thanked LiveAuctions.tv for providing their online bidding service which was sponsored by Wheeler Auctions & Real Estate, Chas Wheeler, Paris.

 

A complete list of all 2020 Youth in Agriculture sponsors will soon be available at www.mostatefair.com.