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Loyd Star senior steers to national sale

A Loyd Star senior will represent Lincoln County today in the Dixie National Sale of Junior Champions at the state fairgrounds.

Claire Posey will show her Reserve Grand Champion market steer. Posey qualified for the sale at last week’s Southwest District show in Jackson. After Charlie the steer won his class, Posey entered in the overall steer show and won the reserve grand champion title.

“I’ve never done the Sale of Champions at Dixie National,” she said. “I’m excited about it.”

Posey got Charlie at the end of last summer, when he weighed only 500 pounds. He hits the scale at more than 1,100 pounds today.

Posey said getting the steer fattened up and ready for competition required a daily commitment. She had to feed, spend time and take care of Charlie to get him ready to be judged.

It was the second year Posey has participated in the market steer class. She previously showed goats, heifers and bulls. The senior said it has been a learning experience for her.

“I learned responsibility, dedication, work ethic,” she said. “I couldn’t have done it by myself.”

One of her helpers was 4-H Extension Agent Jennifer Williams.

“The Sale of Junior Champions is an opportunity for youth to showcase their hard work and talents. It’s not a competition, it’s a an event where buyers from across the state come together and purchase the different animals. Only the champion and reserve champion market division winners will make it to the sale.”

Williams said it’s a privilege to participate in the Sale of Champions.

Posey’s steer will be purchased at today’s sale, and she expects it to bring between $8,000 and $12,000.

“The buyers who purchase these champions are making a great investment in the future of these youth,” Williams said.