March 21, 2018
20th Annual MAFES Production Sale Successfully Put On By MSU Students by Tom Burriss Over 150 top quality, surplus horses and cattle were moved through the auction ring on November 21 at the 20th Annual MAFES Production Sale in Starkville, Mississippi at the Mississippi Horse Park and Agricenter on the Mississippi State University campus. "I never though we would make it through that first sale, much less twenty years," remembers Dr. Mike Boyd, who coordinates the sale with his class ADS4412 "Managing Livestock Sales." Jackie Courson was the auctioneer and was joined by student Amanda McMullen in the booth, as they tracked the bids from 170 buyers. Students Katie Neely and Patrick ward, Kip Brown, extension agent, and Leanne Peters, Mississippi Cattleman's Association, were the ringmen. 26 lots of horses, including many ages, breeds and disciplines, sold for an overall average $555 per head. The equine portion of the sale grossed $11,100. Of the eleven young horses, they averages $529.55 and grossed $5,825 towards the total. The livestock are selected for this sale were all produced as a result of work at the Mississippi State University and its participating Experiment Stations. Over the last twenty years, Dr. Boyd explained, the sale has provided for over $2 million in proceeds to make surplus purchases. This year's sale was once again managed by the seventeen students in the Managing Livestock Sales class. "This course was developed to teach our students not only the method of setting up a sale, but also the costs and problems endured by a producer in conduction such a sale. " "The students are responsible for almost every aspect of this sale, except the auctioning." "The students have worked and prepared all the livestock, which includes exercising and grooming of the horses, and clipping some of the cattle." "They are also responsible for the design and construction of the sale flyers and mailing catalogues, setting up of the sale equipment including sale pens, loading of cattle and horses on buyers vehicles and lastly, cleanup." "I have learned a lot about marketing," says Chris Henley, an MSU senior who hopes to go into agricultural extension. "Especially the importance of local television and newspaper advertising." The seventeen members of the class were: Amy Ashley, Amy Wise, Michael Davis, Kasey Dees, Chris Frazier, Stephanie Gentry, AnnaGlasgow, Rick Goldberg, Bridgett Hagens, Chris Henley, Chris Lange, Amanda McMullen, Allison McNamara, Katie Neely, Julie Sims, Brooks Stuart, and Patrick Ward.
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