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.

Silver Spur Club

Auctions

The Silver Spur Club includes donors who have spent a cumulative of $25,000 or more, or buying organizations who have spent a cumulative of $50,000 or more, at the Barrow, Lamb & Goat, Poultry , School Art, Steer or Wine auctions.


Rules

2021 JUNIOR MARKET AUCTION CHAMPION Donors

Broilers

Grand Champion Pen of Broilers

Grand Champion

  • Exhibitor: Makensie Till
  • Hometown: El Campo, Texas
  • Club/Chapter: El Campo FFA
  • Price: $145,000
  • Donors: Roger Camp, Julie and Alan Kent, Bob Van Matre, and Lynda and Jim Winne
  • Rodeo Record: $220,000 (2019)

Reserve Grand Champion Pen of Broilers

Reserve Champion

  • Exhibitor: Regan Greer
  • Hometown: Spring, Texas
  • Club/Chapter: Spring FFA
  • Price: $125,000
  • Donors: Deborah Adams and Ron Logan, Judy and Tyson Kennedy and Nancy Kennedy, Mach Industrial Group, and Shirley and Randy Meyer
  • Rodeo Record: $165,000 (2019)

Turkey

Grand Champion Turkey

Grand Champion

  • Exhibitor: Amber Ellebracht
  • Hometown: La Vernia, Texas
  • Club/Chapter: La Vernia FFA
  • Price: $135,000
  • Donors: Jennifer and Doug Bosch, Chad Clay, Robin Young-Ellis and Joe Ellis, and Greg Willbanks and Misty Robertson
  • Rodeo Record: $190,000 (2019)

Reserve Grand Champion Turkey

Reserve Champion

  • Exhibitor: Jace Burkholder
  • Hometown: Boerne, Texas
  • Club/Chapter: Sandra Day O’Connor FFA
  • Price: $135,000
  • Donors: Jeffrey David Aronoff, Greg Miller, Billy Parker and Shawn A. Smith
  • Rodeo Record: $177,000 (2019)

Goat

Grand Champion Goat

Grand Champion

  • Exhibitor: Trey Harbour
  • Hometown: Gatesville, Texas
  • Club/Chapter: Jonesboro FFA
  • Price: $185,000 (Rodeo Record)
  • Donors: Mary and Ken Hucherson, Amy and Mark Melton, Anne and Chris Richardson, and Mary Lee and Alan Stigall
  • Rodeo Record: $185,000 (2021)

Res Grand Champion Goat

Reserve Champion

  • Exhibitor: Cydney Newsom
  • Hometown: Medina, Texas
  • Club/Chapter: Medina FFA
  • Price: $115,000
  • Donors: Dr. John Cangelosi, Melissa and Jimmy Guinn, Stephen McKinney, and April and Scott Townsend
  • Rodeo Record: $147,000 (2016)

Lamb

Grand Champion Lamb

Grand Champion

  • Exhibitor: McKinley Clem
  • Hometown: Tahoka, Texas
  • Club/Chapter: Lynn County 4-H
  • Price: $275,000
  • Donors: The Hildebrand Family, in memory of Ruth Ann and Dr. Tommy Hildebrand
  • Rodeo Record: $147,000 (2016)

Res Grand Champion Lamb

Reserve Champion

  • Exhibitor: Hudson Franklin
  • Hometown: Shallowater, Texas
  • Club/Chapter: Lubbock County 4-H
  • Price: $135,000
  • Donors: Tammy, Peyton and Mitchell Barrier; KCEF Foundation – Cookie Michael; Michelle Iversen Jeffery; Pamela M. Logsdon, CPA
  • Rodeo Record: $145,000 (2015)

Barrow

Grand Champion Barrow

Grand Champion

  • Exhibitor: Lainee Cook
  • Hometown: Slaton, Texas
  • Club/Chapter: Lynn County 4-H
  • Price: $210,000
  • Donors: Lisa Blackwood, Jackie and Jon Hodges, Kathy and Matt Norris, and Stronghold Limited – Darrel Pearson 
  • Rodeo Record: $245,000 (2019)

Res Grand Champion Barrow

Reserve Champion

  • Exhibitor: Emily Muehlstein
  • Hometown: Stamford, Texas
  • Club/Chapter: Jones County 4-H
  • Price: $160,000
  • Donors: Christina and Chris Box, Bridgette and John Grimes, Sheri and Rob Walker, and Mark Ward
  • Rodeo Record: $195,000 (2019)

Steer

Grand Champion Steer

Grand Champion

  • Exhibitor: William Wall
  • Hometown: Idalou, Texas
  • Club/Chapter: Idalou FFA
  • Price: $400,000
  • Donors: Champagne Cowgirls
  • Rodeo Record: $625,000 (2019)

Res Grand Champion Steer

Reserve Champion

  • Exhibitor: Jett James
  • Hometown: Prosper, Texas
  • Club/Chapter: Prosper FFA
  • Price: $215,000
  • Donors: Lisa Blackwood, Robert Clay, Julie and Alan Kent, and Kristina and Paul Somerville
  • Rodeo Record: $367,000 (2019)

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 2,000 7,500
2nd Place 1,750 7,500
3rd Place 1,500 7,500
4th Place 1,250 7,500
All Remaining Places 1,000 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
All Remaining Places 2,500 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