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.