Auctions & Sales

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ junior market auctions reward young Texas 4-H and FFA students for their hard work year round. Volunteers on the four auction committees ensure that all exhibitors who make the auction receives above-market prices for their junior market animals. Additionally, various commercial livestock sales are held during the Rodeo.

2019 Schedule

Auctions

Auction Date Location
Champion Wine Auction & Dinner
(advance ticket purchase required)
Feb. 24, 2019, 6 p.m. NRG Center, 600 series
Lamb & Goat Auction March 8, 2019, noon NRG Arena, Sales Pavilion
Poultry Auction March 9, 2019, noon NRG Arena, Sales Pavilion
School Art Auction March 10, 2019, noon NRG Arena, Sales Pavilion
Barrow Auction March 15, 2019, noon NRG Arena, Sales Pavilion
Steer Auction March 16, 2019, noon NRG Arena, Sales Pavilion



2018 JUNIOR MARKET AUCTION CHAMPION BUYERS

Grand Champion Barrow

Grand Champion Barrow
  • Exhibitor: Hannah Simpson, 14
  • Hometown: Dimmitt, Texas
  • Club/Chapter: Dimmitt FFA
  • Price: $214,000 (world record)
  • Buyers: Jackie and Jon Hodges, McCarthy Building Companies, Stronghold Limited, and Debby and Jeff Young
  • World Record: $214,000 (2018)

Reserve Champion Barrow

Res Grand Champion Barrow
  • Exhibitor: Katelyn Cozart, 17
  • Hometown: Early, Texas
  • Club/Chapter: Early FFA
  • Price: $134,000 (world record)
  • Buyers: Mickie and Jim Clark, Tori and Ed DeCora, Tracey and Jim O’Neil, and Bobby and Robert Shockley
  • World Record: $134,000 (2018)

Grand Champion Broilers

Grand Champion Pen of Broilers
  • Exhibitor: Payton Labay, 15
  • Hometown: Needville, Texas
  • Club/Chapter: Needville FFA
  • Price: $150,000
  • Buyers: Jeff Aronoff, Robin Young-Ellis and Joe Ellis, Mach Industrial Group, and Gregory Miller
  • World Record: $215,000 (2015)

Reserve Champion Broilers

Reserve Grand Champion Pen of Broilers
  • Exhibitor: Trung Luong, 18
  • Hometown: Rosenberg, Texas
  • Club/Chapter: George Ranch FFA
  • Price: $118,000
  • Buyers: Billy Parker, Anne and Chris Richardson, Kristina and Paul Somerville, and Jennifer and Joe Van Matre
  • World Record: $140,000 (2007) 

Grand Champion Goat

Grand Champion Goat
  • Exhibitor: Dakota Martin, 12
  • Hometown: Mason, Texas
  • Club/Chapter: Mason County 4-H
  • Price: $182,000 (world record)
  • Buyers: Mary and Ken Hucherson, Melton Electric, Stewart Morris Sr., and Pam and Archie Thompson
  • World Record: $182,000 (2018)

Reserve Champion Goat

Res Grand Champion Goat
  • Exhibitor: Cydnee Hanslik, 10
  • Hometown: Ovalo, Texas
  • Club/Chapter: Jim Ned FFA
  • Price: $100,000
  • Buyers: Lauren and Chris Lewis, Anne and Chris Richardson, April and Scott Townsend, and Wesley Ward and Reagan Foundation
  • World Record: $147,000 (2016)

Grand Champion Lamb

Grand Champion Lamb
  • Exhibitor: Hayden Come, 16
  • Hometown: Cleburne, Texas
  • Club/Chapter: Grandview FFA
  • Price: $300,000 (world record)
  • Buyers: Mindy and Jeff Hildebrand, in honor of Ruth and Tommy Hildebrand
  • World Record: $300,000 (2018)

Reserve Champion Lamb

Res Grand Champion Lamb
  • Exhibitor: Trey Bates, 17
  • Hometown: Leakey, Texas
  • Club/Chapter: Real County 4-H
  • Price: $120,000
  • Buyers: Tammy, Peyton and Mitchell Barrier; Michelle Iversen Jeffery; KCEF Foundation; and Pamela M. Logsdon CPA
  • World Record: $145,000 (2015)

Grand Champion Steer

Grand Champion Steer
  • Exhibitor: Cameron Conkle, 17
  • Hometown: Allen, Texas
  • Club/Chapter: Allen FFA
  • Price: $410,000
  • Buyers: Emily and Robert Clay, Becky and Kelly Joy, Julie and Alan Kent, and Debby and Jeff Young
  • World Record: $600,001 (2002)

Reserve Champion Steer

Res Grand Champion Steer
  • Exhibitor: Jett Hale, 10
  • Hometown: Miami, Texas
  • Club/Chapter: Roberts County 4-H
  • Price: $366,000 (world record)
  • Buyers: Champagne Cowgirls
  • World Record: $336,000 (2018)

Grand Champion Turkey

Grand Champion Turkey
  • Exhibitor: Cade Burkholder, 16
  • Hometown: Boerne, Texas
  • Club/Chapter: Sandra Day O’Connor FFA
  • Price: $110,000
  • Buyers: Kathleen and Tom Mach, Shirley and Randy Meyer, Wesley Ward and Reagan Foundation, and Misty and Tyson Weihs
  • World Record: $175,000 (2007)

Reserve Champion Turkey

Reserve Grand Champion Turkey
  • Exhibitor: Hailey Cowey, 16
  • Hometown: Pleasanton, Texas
  • Club/Chapter: Pleasanton FFA
  • Price: $95,000
  • Buyers: Debbie Adams and Ron Logan, Roger Camp, Charlene Thompson Foundation, and Texas Renaissance Festival
  • World Record: $140,000 (2014)

How Junior Market Auctions Work

Generous buyers are not only supporting the exhibitors who are selling their livestock, the bids also go toward funding scholarships and educational programs for the youth of Texas. See the payout distribution below.

Based upon placing, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ establishes a guaranteed minimum payment for each exhibitor who qualifies for a junior market auction. The Rodeo also sets a cap amount above the guaranteed minimum for each auction lot. When bidding exceeds the cap amount, the additional funds go into the Rodeo’s Educational Fund to be used for scholarship and grant recipients. Amounts bid between the guaranteed minimum and the cap are accumulated in the bonus pool, and are used to cover any lots that did not bring the guaranteed amount, as well as auction expenses and auction committees’ operations.

Payout Distribution

The following payout distribution shows the guaranteed payment and the cap amount for each exhibitor placing. Each auction is conducted by a dedicated committee of volunteers who pre-sell a majority of the lots to ensure that each exhibitor receives a minimum guaranteed amount, regardless of whether or not a bid is received on every lot. Guaranteed premiums are set at a level to maximize the fundraising ability of each auction committee while ensuring that exhibitors receive a premium over market value. Auction committees actually begin pre-selling lots in the fall of the year with the goal of raising the total guaranteed premium in advance of the auction.

Barrows

PLACE GUARANTEED PREMIUM CAP
Grand Champion $40,000 $50,000
Reserve Grand Champion 25,000 30,000
Breed Champions 10,000 12,000
Reserve Breed Champions 7,500 10,000
Division Champions 4,000 7,500
Reserve Division Champions 3,000 7,500
1st Place 1,750 7,500
2nd Place 1,500 7,500
3rd Place 1,250 7,500
4th Place 1,000 7,500
5th Place 900 7,500
All Remaining Places 800 7,500

Broilers

PLACE GUARANTEED PREMIUM CAP
Grand Champion $30,000 $40,000
Reserve Grand Champion 15,000 20,000
1st – 10th Place 4,000 5,000
11th – 15th Place 1,250 5,000
16th – 25th Place 800 5,000
26th – 50th Place 700 5,000
51st – 75th Place 600 5,000
76th – 100th Place 500 5,000

Goats

PLACE GUARANTEED PREMIUM CAP
Grand Champion $30,000 $40,000
Reserve Grand Champion 20,000 25,000
Division Champions 10,000 15,000
Reserve Division Champions 7,500 12,000
1st Place 5,000 7,500
2nd Place 4,000 7,500
3rd Place 3,000 7,500
4th Place 2,000 7,500
5th Place 1,500 7,500
6th Place 1,100 7,500
All Remaining Places 1,000 7,500

Lambs

PLACE GUARANTEED PREMIUM CAP
Grand Champion $40,000 $50,000
Reserve Grand Champion 25,000 30,000
Breed Champions 10,000 12,000
Reserve Breed Champions 7,500 10,000
1st Place 5,000 7,500
2nd Place 4,000 7,500
3rd Place 3,000 7,500
4th Place 2,000 7,500
5h Place 1,500 7,500
6th Place 1,100 7,500
All Remaining Places 1,000 7,500

Steers

PLACE GUARANTEED PREMIUM CAP
Grand Champion $75,000 $85,000
Reserve Grand Champion 40,000 45,000
Breed Champions 15,000 20,000
Reserve Breed Champions 12,500 15,000
1st Place 6,000 15,000
2nd Place 5,000 15,000
3rd Place 3,000 15,000
4th Place 2,750 15,000
5th Place 2,500 15,000
All Remaining Places 2,250 15,000

Turkeys

PLACE GUARANTEED PREMIUM CAP
Grand Champion $30,000 $40,000
Reserve Grand Champion 15,000 20,000
1st - 12th Places 4,000 5,000
13th - 24th Places 700 5,000
25th - 36th Places 600 5,000
All Remaining Places 500 5,000

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