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Rodeo's junior livestock sale sets all-time record

JACKSON — The 2012 Dixie National Sale of Junior Champions was the most successful sale to date, bringing in almost $300,000.

The Dixie National Junior Livestock Show, held each February in Jackson, has concluded for the last 43 years with the sale of champion market animals. Philanthropic buyers have contributed more than $4.5 million throughout the history of the Sale of Junior Champions. In addition to money received for the 44 market steers, hogs, lambs and goats, the Sales Committee awarded 25 scholarships worth $1,500, five premier exhibitors scholarships worth $2,000 each and four supreme exhibitors scholarships worth $1,000 each to this year’s top exhibitors.

“Having an animal in this sale is no accident,” said Dean Jousan, Extension 4-H livestock specialist with Mississippi State University. “These kids and their families put a lot of planning and thought into raising these animals. Taking care of these animals is a lot of hard work.”

The 2012 Sale of Champions included 44 steers, hogs, goats and lambs and brought a preliminary total of $299,352.50, surpassing the previous record of $279,008.50.

Alexandra Pittman of Forrest County set a record with her reserve champion medium weight goat, which brought $100 per pound. Ronnie Herrington of Energy Group made the winning bid on the animal.

Preliminary figures indicate steers brought a total of $79,992.50 at an average of $8.82 per pound. Hogs brought a preliminary total of $75,156.50 at an average of $23.80 per pound. Goats brought a preliminary total of $50,329 at an average of $52.00 per pound, and lambs brought a preliminary total of $67,024.50 at an average of $31.13 per pound.

Thirty-five scholarships, totaling $51,500, were given.

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