Results from 2017 Missouri State Fair Sale of Champions

(SEDALIA, Mo.)—The Missouri State Fair celebrated Youth in Agriculture Day, sponsored by the Missouri Department of Agriculture, Saturday, Aug. 19.  The annual Sale of Champions highlighted the day, raising a record-breaking $171,050.

The Grand Champion Steer was exhibited by Katelyn Gillum of Unionville.  Katelyn is a member of the Putnam County FFA Chapter.  Her 1,355-pound crossbred steer sold for an all-time high of $28,500, and was purchased by Dairy Queen/Guesa USA LLC and Steak ‘n Shake/Guesa USA LLC/Jorge Guevara of Sedalia.  Additional funds for the Grand Champion Steer were also contributed by Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters.  The steer was donated to the Missouri FFA Leadership Fund.

The Grand Champion Barrow was exhibited by Royse Laffey of Maryville.  Royse is a member of the Maryville Saddle 4-H Club.  His 275-pound crossbred hog was purchased for $25,500 by BTC Bank (with locations in Albany, Bethany, Boonville, Carrollton, Chillicothe, Gallatin & Pattonsburg, MO; and Lamoni, IA) and the Jerry Litton Family Memorial Foundation, along with Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters.  The barrow was donated to the Missouri FFA Leadership Fund.  Royse Laffey announced that he would donate 10% of his sale price back to the Missouri State Fair Foundation for Swine Barn improvements on the Missouri State Fairgrounds.

Adam Thompson of Maryville exhibited the Grand Champion Market Lamb.  Adam is a member of the Northwest Tech FFA Chapter.  His 126-pound crossbred lamb was purchased for a record price of $21,250 by Wheeler Auctions & Real Estate/Chas Wheeler, Paris; and the Missouri State Fair Concessionaires & Commercial Exhibitors (Allen Dennis Concessions, Inc.; BK’s Restaurant & Pub; Broomfield Foods; Brown’s Fudge Shop, Inc.; Bud Stage; Exclusive Home Products; Jackson’s Smokehouse, LLC; Kim-Laine Concessions; McKinney Food Services; Shallow Concessions; Signs by L & J; Truck’s Place; Versa Products; Webster Enterprises; and Westmoreland Concessions), along with Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters.  The lamb was donated to the Missouri State Fair Employees Association.

The Grand Champion Pen of Meat Rabbits was exhibited by Lauren Hammett of Ashland.  Lauren is a member of the Englewood 4-H Club.  Her pen of New Zealand rabbits weighed an average of 5.1 pounds. Her pen of rabbits was purchased by the Missouri State Rabbit Producers Association, along with Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters for a record-setting price of $6,000.  The rabbits were donated to the Missouri FFA Leadership Fund.

Hannah Bruse of Princeton exhibited the Grand Champion Pen of Chickens. Hannah is a member of the Moss Rangers 4-H Club.  Hannah’s broilers weighed an average of 6.8 pounds and were purchased by Dairy Queen/Guesa USA LLC and Steak ‘n Shake/Guesa USA LLC/Jorge Guevara of Sedalia, along with Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters for $4,000.  The chickens were donated to the Missouri FFA Leadership Fund.

The Grand Champion Meat Goat was exhibited by Brylee Williams of Princeton.  Brylee is a member of the Mid River 4-H Club.  Brylee’s Boer goat weighed 80 pounds and was purchased for $8,250 by Edward Jones and the following Edward Jones Associates: Roger Bennett, Trenton; Shane Adrian, Moberly; Ryan Beumer, Marshall; Craig Bolger, Independence; Jim Bonderer, Chillicothe; Alan Brandt, Warrensburg; Kevin Brown, Bowling Green; Darren Collier, Carthage; Stan Davis, Clinton; Diane Dudenhoeffer, Marshall; Ann Echelmeier, Columbia; Tim Erickson, Bolivar; Joe Fluty, Sedalia; Bill Fretwell, Columbia; Patrick Goodknight, Joplin; Doug Hammer, Independence; Mark Harrison, Chillicothe; Tom Hissink, Nevada; Bill Hudson, Kansas City; Shannon Isaacson, Macon; Cliff Jones, Independence; Alan Kimbel, Warrenton; Paul Kissick, Kirksville; Adam Kliethermes, Independence; George Koepp, Raytown; Matt Kueny, Boonville; J. R. Lawless, Columbia; Matt Logan, Pleasant Hill; Lon Luckert, Brookfield; JD Manning, Clinton; Brian Massey, Webb City; Mark Matthews, St. Joseph; Virgil McDonald, Sedalia; Cole Merrill, Cameron; Matt Peiter, Boonville; David Reid, Higginsville; Lance Reynolds, Boonville; Jason Sarsany, Savannah; Mark Saunders, Monroe City; Dennis Sieger, Clinton; Carl Simpson, Butler; John Skinner, Blue Springs; Doug Turnbough, Odessa; Brian Yarbrough, Excelsior Springs; George Morse, Harrisonville; along with Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters.  The meat goat was donated to the University of Missouri’s Meats Judging Team.

Cole Murphy of Houstonia exhibited the Reserve Grand Champion Steer. Cole is a member of the Kennedy 4-H Club.  His 1,315-pound crossbred steer was purchased for $24,000 by Edward Jones and the Edward Jones Associates; and Ag-Power, Inc., Sedalia, along with Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters.  The steer was donated to the University of Missouri’s Meats Judging Team.

Mackenzie Mawson of Archie showed the Reserve Grand Champion Barrow. Mackenzie is a member of the Archie FFA Chapter.  Her 276-pound crossbred barrow was purchased for a record-setting $21,750 by the Monsanto Company and the Climate Corporation; Team Sloan Livestock, Cameron; and ADM Animal Nutrition/MoorMan’s ShowTec, along with Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters.  The hog was donated to the University of Missouri’s Meats Judging Team.

John G. Schenkel of Maryville showed the Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb.  John is a member of the Northwest Tech FFA Chapter.  John’s crossbred lamb weighed 121 pounds and was purchased for a record price of $19,500 by the MU Independent Aggies.  Additional funds were also contributed by Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters.  The lamb was donated to the University of Missouri’s Meats Judging Team.

The Reserve Champion Pen of Meat Rabbits was exhibited by Gunnar Fisher of Verona.  Gunnar is a member of the Mount Comfort 4-H Club.  His New Zealand Black rabbits weighed an average of 5.2 pounds and sold for $2,400 to RIBUS, Inc./Steve Peirce, St. Louis; along with Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters.  The rabbits were donated to the Missouri FFA Leadership Fund.

Lilian Buie of Marshall exhibited the Reserve Grand Champion Pen of Chickens.  Lilian is a member of the Work to Win 4-H Club.  Her broilers weighed an average of 6.25 pounds and sold for $2,100 to Heimer & Associates/Rodney Heimer, Quincy, IL; along with Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters.  The chickens were donated to the Missouri FFA Leadership Fund.

Brylee Williams of Princeton returned to the sale ring with her Reserve Grand Champion Meat goat.  Her boar goat weighed 96 pounds and sold for $5,500 to the MU Sigma Alpha-Alpha Chi Sorority and Show Stock Outfitters/Zac Abel, Kingdom City, along with Youth in Agriculture and hometown supporters. The goat was donated to the University of Missouri’s Meats Judging Team.

The last lot of the sale was the Limited Edition Sale of Champions Commemorative Belt Buckle, which was purchased by Schenkel Farms, Inc., of Maryville, for $2,300.

Wayne Yokley, Chairman of the Missouri State Fair Foundation Youth in Agriculture Committee, and Superintendent of the Sale of Champions, said the record-breaking Sale can only be attributed to the enormous support exhibitors received from their hometowns and the many Youth in Agriculture sponsors.  Proceeds from the Sale go to the exhibitors and to Youth in Agriculture scholarships.  The Youth in Agriculture Scholarship Program celebrated its 25-year anniversary this year having awarded a total of 570 scholarships amounting to $558,000 since 1992.

A complete list of all 2017 Youth in Agriculture sponsors will soon be available at www.mostatefair.com.