The culmination of the ‘county livestock show’ put on each Spring for 4H and FFA students in the Hopkins County Junior Market Livestock Show is ‘the Sale’. That’s where the high-point ag mechanics and livestock projects in each specie is placed in the sale ring and offered to the highest bidder. Long ago, Hopkins County began a strong tradition for helping youth see a reward for their efforts in raising quality livestock. But it was with the establishment of NETLA, or Northeast Texas Livestock Association more than fifteen years ago, which has taken the local agriculture tradition over the top with the Sale of Champions.
The 2020 Sale of Champions yielded another record year when it was held on Saturday February 29, 2020. 134 youth projects were selected to be in the sale, based on points earned during judging in the Market Show. The 2020 total in sales and add-on money is $474,302.33. That beats the 2019 total of $458,208. as well as every year since 2005 when NETLA record-keeping began. Everyone benefits from the Sale of Champions, most especially the youth who are earning money for their college funds through selling successful livestock and ag mechanics projects. Congratulations are in order for the 4H and FFA students, their families and club advisors, organizers of the Hopkins County show, volunteers and board members of NETLA, Extension staff, the bidders and buyers and many, many others. Hopkins County is fostering a great agricultural legacy!
Below is the list of Livestock Showmanship winners in age groups: six Junior, six Intermediate and six Senior, and acknowledges their club or chapter. Also listed are Grand Champion and Reserve Champion Heifers and the top Ag Mechanics and Showmanship Projects, which often are not offered for sale. Also listed are the purchase prices for the ten Grand and Reserve Champion animals placed in the Sale.