NAILE Sale of Champions totals $96,000

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Six young people from six states sold six Champion and Reserve Champion animals for a total of $96,000.  Home base for the six youngsters who were featured in the sale included New Mexico, Indiana, Arkansas, Minnesota, Nebraska and Oklahoma.

The big event is the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) Sale of Champions, which features the top two animals from the Jr. Steer Show, the Jr. Wether Show, and the Jr. Swine Show. The sale is held to honor young people for the work they have done throughout the year to raise their champion entries. To qualify in junior shows, and subsequently in the Sale of Champions, young people must be 21-years-of-age, or younger.

Proceeds from the Sale of Champions are used for a variety of purposes by the young people, ranging from reinvestment in their livestock operations, payment of college expenses, farm land purchases, equipment purchases and much more. The honor of winning in Junior Show rings is, in itself a lifetime achievement, and the Sale of Champions adds luster and wealth to the honor since youngsters take home big money.

Each year 10% of the sale money is withheld to promote the sale and the philanthropy of all buyers and 10% is withheld as a contribution to “Blessings in a Backpack”, which provides food to needy school children in Louisville.  Young sellers receive the balance of sale proceeds.

Grand & Reserve Champions in 2013 

Animal

Position

Price       

Breed

      Weight          

Seller

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steer

Champion

$25,000

Cross

       1,315

Sutton Bellar, Wisner, NE

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steer

Reserve

$21,000

Cross

       1,332

Baylor Bonham, Newcastle, OK

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hog

Champion

$14,500

Cross

          277

Lyndon Youngblood, Ashdown, AR

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hog

Reserve

$12,000

Cross

          272

Hayden Kerkaert, Pipestone, MN

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wether

Champion

$12,500

Cross

          159

Toree Fraze, Portales, NM

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wether

Reserve

$11,000

Cross

          157

Samantha Raute, Carmel, IN

The 40th Annual NAILE is produced by the Commonwealth of Kentucky at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky under the direction of the Kentucky State Fair Board. During the Expo’s two-week run November 9 through 22, the facility’s entire 1,200,000 square feet of climate-controlled exhibit space is used.

More than 200,000 visitors and exhibitors attend the event annually. Purebred livestock exhibitors and their animals come from nearly every state, and there are 10 livestock divisions in the giant expo. More information is available on the NAILE website at www.livestockexpo.org



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