Auction of Junior Livestock Champions

January 20, 2023

Supporting youth exhibitors through the exciting Junior Livestock Auction!

Of the thousands of junior market animals that compete at the National Western Stock Show each year, only 96 of the very best qualify for the exciting Auction of Junior Livestock Champions. The auction is the final marketplace for the ribbon-winning steers, lambs, hogs, and goats that were raised by junior exhibitors, 4-H and FFA youngsters ranging in age from 9 to 18. The auction of Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion animals is televised live on Denver’s 9NEWS, and winning bids have reached as high as $160,000!

The Auction of Junior Livestock Champions continues to encourage today’s youth to seek a future in agriculture, and to further their education. A majority of the winning bid price goes directly to the Junior Exhibitor, and 10% of each bid price is donated to support the National Western Scholarship Trust.


Contact Us

Katey McNeil, Manager of Scholarship Events

Colorado Bidders Step Up Big for Youth in Agriculture

Auction-goers were chomping at the bit to open their wallets and support young men and women in agriculture. The generosity was evident at the 2022 Auction of Junior Livestock Champions, where the Grand Champion Steer sold for a record-high $160,000. The top eight champion animals tallied sales of $519,000.

This year the full 96 animals totaled $1,189,500, smashing 2020’s record by $110,000!

Proceeds from the Auction of Junior Livestock Champions go towards the National Western Scholarship Trust

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Presented by

Outstanding Supporters

Occidental Petroleum Corporation
K-M Concessions, Inc.
US Foods
Dilley Printing


2022 Event Info

The auction kicks off with a Bidders’ Social in the National Western Club. Guests enjoy drinks and hors devours, while visiting with business colleagues, junior exhibitors and scholarship recipients. Guests then move into the Beef Palace Auction Arena for the live broadcast and exhilarating auction!

Date & Time

Friday, January 20, 2023
4:30pm Bidders’ Social
6:30pm Auction & Live Broadcast
*You must have an invitation to attend!

Questions?

Katey McNeil, Manager of Scholarship Events
303-299-5560, kmcneil@nationalwestern.com

2022 Champions + Buyers

The 116th National Western tips its hat to the Champions & Buyers from the Auction of Junior Livestock Champions

Grand Champion Steer
2022 Grand Champion Steer winner: Ashtin Guyer, and Ames Construction Company

Exhibitor: Rhylee Rodgers of Searsboro, IA
Buyer: Ames Construction Company
Winning Bid: $160,000 * record

Grand Champion Hog
2022 Grand Champion Hog Exhibitor: Alli Stromber, and Buyer: Transwest Trucks

Exhibitor: Cole Phillips of Bullard, TX
Buyer:Occidental Petroleum
Winning Bid: $60,000

Grand Champion Lamb
2022 Grand Champion Lamb winner: Cody Sells, and Buyer: Occidental Petroleum Corporation

Exhibitor: Colt Randall of Canute, OK
Buyer: Wagner Equipment Co.
Winning Bid: $42,000

Grand Champion Goat
2022 Grand Champion Goat winner: Cody Sells, and Buyer: Babson Farms

Exhibitor: Sayde Allen of Canute, OK
Buyer: Babson Farms
Winning Bid: $44,000 * record

Reserve Grand Champion Steer
2022 Reserve Grand Champion Steer winner: Jagger Horn, and buyer: Kent Stevinson

Exhibitor: Aven Horn of Anson, TX
Buyer: Transwest Trucks, Inc.
Winning Bid: $100,000

Reserve Grand Champion Hog
2022 Reserve Grand Champion Hog winner: Mikala Grady, and Buyer: Brannan Sand & Gravel

Exhibitor: Alia Rodgers of Napa, CA
Buyer: Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
Winning Bid: $50,000 * record

Reserve Grand Champion Lamb
2022 Reserve Grand Champion Lamb winner: Blake Skidgel, and buyer: Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce

Exhibitor: Sayde Allen of Canute, OK
Buyer: Bev & Bruce Wagner
Winning Bid: $40,000 * tied record

Reserve Grand Champion Goat
2022 Reserve Grand Champion Goat winner: Aspen Martin, and buyer: Hutchison Western

Exhibitor: Jack Hoyle of Taylor, AR
Buyer: TKM Foundation, Audra & Sean McNicholas
Winning Bid: $23,000

2020 Champions + Buyers

The 114th National Western tips its hat to the Champions & Buyers from the Auction of Junior Livestock Champions

Grand Champion Steer
2020 Grand Champion Steer winner: Ashtin Guyer, and Ames Construction Company

Exhibitor: Ashtin Guyer of Flat Rock, IL
Buyer: Ames Construction Company
Winning Bid: $155,000

Grand Champion Hog
2020 Grand Champion Hog Exhibitor: Alli Stromber, and Buyer: Transwest Trucks

Exhibitor: Alli Stromberg of Iliff, CO
Buyer: Transwest Trucks, Inc.
Winning Bid: $100,000

Grand Champion Lamb
2020 Grand Champion Lamb winner: Cody Sells, and Buyer: Occidental Petroleum Corporation

Exhibitor: Hudson Franklin of Shallow Water, Texas
Buyer: Occidental Petroleum Corporation
Winning Bid: $44,000

Grand Champion Goat
2020 Grand Champion Goat winner: Cody Sells, and Buyer: Babson Farms

Exhibitor: Cody Sells of Taylor, Texas
Buyer: Babson Farms
Winning Bid: $29,000

Reserve Grand Champion Steer
2020 Reserve Grand Champion Steer winner: Jagger Horn, and buyer: Kent Stevinson

Exhibitor: Jagger Horn of Anson, TX
Buyer: Stevinson Automotive, Kent Stevinson
Winning Bid: $105,000

Reserve Grand Champion Hog
2020 Reserve Grand Champion Hog winner: Mikala Grady, and Buyer: Brannan Sand & Gravel

Exhibitor: Mikala Grady of Grandview, Texas
Buyer: Brannan Sand & Gravel
Winning Bid: $36,000

Reserve Grand Champion Lamb
2020 Reserve Grand Champion Lamb winner: Blake Skidgel, and buyer: Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce

Exhibitor: Blake Skidgel of Pawnee, Oklahoma
Buyer: Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
Winning Bid: $40,000

Reserve Grand Champion Goat
2020 Reserve Grand Champion Goat winner: Aspen Martin, and buyer: Hutchison Western

Exhibitor: Aspen Martin of Mason, TX
Buyer: Hutchison Western
Winning Bid: $22,000