Farm Progress

Who won champion livestock honors at the Missouri State Fair?

Slideshow: Here are the Missouri State Fair champion and reserve champion animals.

Mindy Ward, Editor, Missouri Ruralist

August 23, 2017

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Cole Murphy's trip to the purple shavings at the Missouri State Fair Sale of Champions was anything but ordinary. "He [Murphy's steer] actually got loose during the show," the Kennedy 4-H Club member told the crowd gathered at the Matheson Arena on the state fairgrounds. "But it all worked out."

Murphy, of Houstonia, Mo., was one of 12 livestock exhibitors who earned their way into the sale by winning either champion or reserve champion in their respective species. He sold his 1,315-pound crossbred steer for $24,000. In all, the Missouri State Fair Sale of Champions raised a record-breaking $171,050.

Proceeds of the sale go to the exhibitors and the Youth in Agriculture scholarship. 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 of Champions was a result of the enormous support exhibitors received from their hometowns and the many Youth in Agriculture sponsors.

The Youth in Agriculture Scholarship Program celebrated its 25-year anniversary this year, having awarded 570 scholarships amounting to $558,000 since 1992.

Scroll through our photo gallery on this page to see the animals, exhibitors and sale prices from this year's Missouri State Fair Sale of Champions.

About the Author(s)

Mindy Ward

Editor, Missouri Ruralist

Mindy resides on a small farm just outside of Holstein, Mo, about 80 miles southwest of St. Louis.

After graduating from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural journalism, she worked briefly at a public relations firm in Kansas City. Her husband’s career led the couple north to Minnesota.

There, she reported on large-scale production of corn, soybeans, sugar beets, and dairy, as well as, biofuels for The Land. After 10 years, the couple returned to Missouri and she began covering agriculture in the Show-Me State.

“In all my 15 years of writing about agriculture, I have found some of the most progressive thinkers are farmers,” she says. “They are constantly searching for ways to do more with less, improve their land and leave their legacy to the next generation.”

Mindy and her husband, Stacy, together with their daughters, Elisa and Cassidy, operate Showtime Farms in southern Warren County. The family spends a great deal of time caring for and showing Dorset, Oxford and crossbred sheep.

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