2017 Dixie National Sale of Champions
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2017 Dixie National Sale of Champions

October 21, 2019

GRAPHICS— THOSE WHO ATTEND OR PARTICIPATE IN THE DIXIE NATIONAL SALE OF JUNIOR CHAMPIONS WILL SAY IT’S AN EXPERIENCE NOT TO BE FORGOTTEN. THE SALE SHOWCASES WINNERS FROM MISSISSIPPI’S LARGEST MARKET LIVESTOCK SHOW, THE DIXIE NATIONAL JUNIOR ROUND-UP, IN JACKSON. CHAMPION AND RESERVE CHAMPION ANIMALS ARE AUCTIONED FOR TOP DOLLAR, AND ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AWARDED TO OUTSTANDING EXHIBITORS. BUT THE GREATEST REWARDS FOR THE WINNERS’ HARD WORK, INVOLVE WHAT MONEY CAN’T BUY, WHICH INCLUDE CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT, RESPONSIBILITY AND OTHER LIFE LESSONS. [DIXIE NATIONAL 2017 PKG] —PKG— FOR MISSISSIPPI 4-H AND FFA LIVESTOCK EXHIBITORS, SECURING A SPOT IN THE DIXIE NATIONAL SALE OF JUNIOR CHAMPIONS IS PROBABLY THE MOST DIFFICULT ACHIEVEMENT TO REACH. EACH YEAR, ONLY 40 OUT OF ABOUT 2- THOUSAND ANIMALS SHOWN AT DIXIE NATIONAL JUNIOR ROUND UP WILL WIN A CHAMPION OR RESERVE CHAMPION TITLE, AND QUALIFY FOR THE SALE. WITH OVER SIXTEEN- HUNDRED EXHIBITORS SHOWING MORE THAN TWENTY-FOUR- HUNDRED ANIMALS, THIS YEAR BROUGHT THE 2ND LARGEST ROSTER SINCE 1995… SO YOU MIGHT SAY MAKING THIS YEAR’S SALE WAS EVEN HARDER THAN USUAL. THE PRELIMINARY TOTAL FOR ANIMALS SOLD, REACHED $325 THOUSAND DOLLARS. ADDITIONALLY, OVER 35 ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS, WORTH $15-HUNDRED EACH, WERE AWARDED TO HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS. THE COMMITTEE WHICH ORGANIZES OF THE SALE OF CHAMPIONS BELIEVES IT IS IMPORTANT TO SHOW EXHIBITORS THAT HARD WORK PAYS OFF. The goal of the Sale of Champions committee is to make as big of a difference as possible in the lives of exhibitors, so extra efforts are being made to generate contributions to the Sale and scholarship fund. Many exhibitors who plan to attend college, mainly rely on scholarships for tuition, and say their grateful to the committee for their support. The committee knows that everybody can’t win. These are people who may not have made the sale, but yet they’ve written an essay and are deserving of some scholarship money, so we’re actually meeting this year to try and grow our scholarship fund so that we can help more children. We had a young man who, the way he paid for his engineering scholarship at Mississippi State, was through the scholarship money he earned by showing animals. He now is raising animals and giving back to the kids, he gives away 3 steers a year to get, you know, young kids started and showing. These are the young men and young women that we’d like to see running the country one day. AS THEY PREPARE FOR COLLEGE, DIXIE NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS SAY THE LIFE LESSONS AND SCHOLARSHIPS THEY HAVE EARNED WILL HELP CREATE A PATH TO SUCCESS IN THE FUTURE. I plan on going to school at Mississippi State and then coming back home and continuing to farm and continue showing livestock and raising beef cattle. I plan on going and getting a pharmacy degree and coming back and running my beef cattle operation on the side, as we do right now. So I believe the degree will help me grow and expand my beef cattle production and raise it so we can produce more and be more heavily involved. The business and economics thing will be great to help maintain and learn how to cash flow your operation to help it grow and expand. And then the science part of keeping the high state of health and production for your beef cattle to be able to get the most profit and the most out of them. I’m glad that I had those experiences, and the help and encouragement, and the guidance from those Extension agents and advisors that helped me along the way. I plan to go back into Extension and put the time and efforts and encouragement back into the future generations of youth leaders, like they have done for me. Without the sale committee, none of this would be possible for anybody, not just myself and getting here to this point, but the other youth that have applied and competed against me for 10 years now. One of my favorite life lessons I’ve learned through this is to win humbly and lose graciously. Life, you get the cards you’re dealt and you have to make the best of it, and sometimes it doesn’t go your way. But if you keep smiling and push through, tomorrow’s another day, and you get another chance. This scholarship will be used for my time at Mississippi State University. I have been accepted as an honors college student and into the early entry veterinary medicine program. I want to be a large animal veterinarian, specializing in reproductive services, so I want to own my own clinic specifically for reproductive services such as artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization, and embryo transfer. It’s a way of bringing life into the world, and making sure that we’re building our industry better and making the cattle that we breed better and more effective for both breeding purposes and production services. I definitely plan to give back to a lot of FFA chapters and 4-H clubs. I definitely would not have found these passions, this passion for animals and reproductive services, or even livestock in general without my time in those organizations. THIS YEAR, SOME OF THE RECIPIENTS GOT TO STAND BEFORE EVERYONE AT THE SALE OF CHAMPIONS, AND TALK ABOUT THE IMPACT THE SCHOLARSHIPS HAVE ON THEIR LIVES. HANNAH JONES, OF MADISON COUNTY, HAD 2 ANIMALS IN THE SALE OF CHAMPIONS. SHE SAYS SHE WILL ALWAYS CHERISH THE MEMORIES AND LIFE LESSONS ACQUIRED IN HER SHOWING CAREER. I show commercial heifers, steers and goats. I won grand champion with my English steer and reserve champion with my European steer. You got to train them so they won’t act up in the ring and you got to make sure they’re good and healthy before you get into the ring, so they won’t get any other animals sick. It takes a lot of practice, my mom she helps me a lot, we’ll go out in the front yard and work them in the open area, and we’ll set them up, and make sure they’re setting up and doing good. It teaches you responsibility and not to give up and to keep trying your best. I got to get up early, got to feed mine, go to give them hay and water, and make sure they have enough water before I leave to go to school and then when I get home from school, I go feed them and I go check their water and hay before I go to bed. I want to thank my mom for helping me a lot, my dad and my family for helping me a lot, supporting me. OTHER SUPPORTERS OF LIVESTOCK PROGRAMS AND THE SALE OF CHAMPIONS, INCLUDE MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR PHIL BRYANT, AS WELL AS STATE COMMISSIONER OF AGRICULTURE AND COMMERCE, CINDY HYDE-SMITH. OF COURSE, LEARNING ABOUT GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP , RESPONSIBILITY AND WORK ETHIC ARE ALL IMPORTANT QUALITIES IN LIFE. BUT THIS YEAR, THE SPOTLIGHT WAS SHOWN ON PROBABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL…GENEROSITY. EXHIBITOR CARSON KEENE PLEDGED ALL PROCEEDS FROM HIS CHAMPION HOG, TO HELP FUND MEDICAL TREATMENT FOR HIS FRIEND WITH LIVER CANCER. A COLLECTION WAS ALSO TAKEN UP, SO OTHERS COULD CONTRIBUTE. BY THE END OF BIDDING, CARSON’S HOG COLLECTED NEARLY $20 THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR HIS FRIEND. SELFLESS ACTS OF KINDNESS PROVE THAT SHOWING LIVESTOCK IS ABOUT MUCH MORE THAN WINNING TROPHIES, MONEY OR PRESTIGE. LIVESTOCK PROJECTS TEACH EXHIBITORS HOW TO TAKE IT UPON THEMSELVES TO MEET THE NEEDS OF OTHERS. AND THAT IS A CHARACTER TRAIT YOU CANNOT PUT A PRICE ON. FROM JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI, I’M AMY MYERS, REPORTING. [DIXIE NATIONAL THIS STORY AGAIN, ON MISSISSIPPI STATE UNIVERSITY EXTENSION’S WEBSITE, AT EXTENSION.MSSTATE.ED U. YOU’LL ALSO FIND OUR YOUTUBE LINK ON THE PAGE, WHICH TAKES YOU TO THE FARMWEEK VIDEO ARCHIVE. —TROY—

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