By Mike McCormick
Pottawatomie County's Junior Livestock Premium sale has set a new record, surpassing the old mark established three years ago by around $3,000.
This year’s sale, which concluded late Friday night, has brought more nearly $137,000 for
the 4-H and FFA students who qualified for this year's sale. Preliminary totals, with possibly more to be added by early this week, show the sale has raised $136,875.
Junior Livestock Show officials reported that includes $86,975 from the bidding and $49,900 from the add-ons.
There were two single premiums of $4,000 each paid during the sale.
McKenzie Strickland’s champion Simmental heifer brought $4,000 paid by C. Anderson, Inc., The Trailer Ranch and Rope the Rockies. Chesley Steward’s first place commercial heifer also brought $4,000 paid by Shawnee Animal Hospital, Steward Propane, D&D Trucking and BancFirst.
Strickland is a member of the Tecumseh FFA and Steward is a member of the Bethel FFA.
Avrie Nowakowski’s Supreme champion heifer brought a premium of $1,400 paid for by BancFirst. She is a member of the McLoud 4-H.
First National Bank of Shawnee doled out $1,200 for Hunter Dugan’s grand champion lamb. Dugan, a member of the Tecumseh FFA, also was selected as the Intermediate lamb showmanship winner in the sheep competition during the show.
BancFirst, S&S Feed and the Tecumseh Vet Clinic combined to pay a $1,000 premium for Kody Silas’ champion Angus heifer. Silas is a member of Animal Science 4-H.
Paying a $1,050 premium for Kolton Shipley’s first place black AOB swine was JTB Concrete. Shipley, a member of the Tecumseh FFA, also was a recent recipient of the Gordon Richards FFA awards.
Colton Muirhead’s third place Division 3 goat brought a premium of $1,000 paid by Vision Bank and ONG.
Great Plains Kubota paid a premium of $1,300 for the grand champion steer shown by Kylee Burris, Dale FFA. Burris also was the Intermediate Division showmanship winner in the beef competition.
Lindy Nowakowski’s reserve champion Exotic AOB heifer brought $1,200. Combining on that premium was JE Rooker, Shawnee Feed Center, BancFirst and D&D Truck Sales. Nowakowski is a member of the Dale 4-H.
VGT paid a premium of $1,000 for the first place Angus heifer shown by Josh Pope. Pope is a member of the Tecumsh FFA.
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Stephanie Johnson, Asher 4-H, who showed the reserve supreme heifer, saw her entry bring $1,000 paid by Fist United Bank of Tecumseh and Shawnee.
Jada Wright’s champion limousin heifer, brought a premium of $1,000 paid by Bondarosa Farms in Asher. A member of the Asher 4-H, she was also selected the junior showmanship winner in the goat competition.
Kalie Orman’s grand wether goat brought $1,050. First United Bank of Tecumseh and Shawnee paid the premium. Orman is a member of the Asher FFA. A freshman at Asher High School, this is her first year to show after moving from the Mustang School District.
D&A Trucking, Sales, Oklahoma City, doled out $1,200 for the reserve grand champion steer shown by Kaleb Nowakowski of the McLoud 4-H.
A-OK Railraod paid a premium of $1,000 for Keifer Neeley’s reserve grand wether goat. Neeley is a member of Asher FFA.
With the premium sale each of the contestants actually receive the premium and gets to keep his or her animal. None of the animals are exchanged,
More information on the sale will be included in a future edition of the News-Star.