The sixth annual Crowder Aggie Calf Auction raised over $20,000 last week at the Joplin Regional Stockyards near Carthage, Missouri, to support Crowder College agriculture and veterinary technology students.
The weekly Wednesday Cow and Bull Sale was paused while community members and area cattlemen bid on a Limousin calf and a grill and made donations.
The Limousin calf, donated by Gary and Linda Emmert at Flying E Ranch in Seneca, Missouri, sold for $5,000. The grand total included the calf sale, donation bids from community members at the auction, pre-sale donations and sponsorships from area businesses.
“It’s a community effort,” said Dr. Ron Rogers, an area cattleman who has been involved with the event since the first calf auction fundraiser. “It’s a success because of the community support behind the students at Crowder College.”
Rogers expressed appreciation to the Newton and McDonald County Cattlemen, Crowder College and Joplin Regional Stockyards for their involvement in organizing the auction. Crowder agriculture students put in time and effort by halter breaking the calf prior to the auction.
The event was sponsored by Al’s Gas Company, Southwest Missouri Bank, State Farm Insurance – Fred Harris, Liberty Utilities - Empire District, Hunke Spray Service, B&M Tire, Cornerstone Bank, New Mac Electric, Animal Clinic of Diamond, Opal Foods Co-Op, Farm Talk Newspaper, Joplin Regional Stockyards, and Whitehead Farm Supply. Multiple donations were also collected from community members at the calf auction.
At the event, the Newton and McDonald County Cattlemen’s Association presented the Crowder College Agriculture Division with an award celebrating the recent 50th annual Crowder Aggie Day for FFA students. The Newton and McDonald County Cattlemen’s Association also donated five calves to the Cash Moore Foundation to help underprivileged and needy children.
The proceeds from the auction and donations will support the Crowder Aggies and vet tech activities including professional and leadership development contests, experiential travel, and national competitions.
Proceeds from previous years supported Crowder students in their recent successes at the National Professional Agriculture Students Conference in Loveland, Colorado. Crowder students brought home over 20 awards in areas ranging from employment interview and career planning to agronomy, livestock management and equine science.
“Once again, the Crowder Aggies have proven that they are some of the best students in the country. The Ag Division is extremely proud to work with these future leaders of the ag industry,” said Jorge Zapata, Agriculture Division chair, in a press release with the results from the conference.
Mikayla Lund of Carthage, Missouri, Kendra Hayworth of Washburn, Missouri, and Emily Block of Carthage, Missouri, took home second in the nation honors in the equine science event, and Block was third high individual for the contest.
The Crowder Aggies won the PAS National Championship in Agriculture Knowledge College Bowl. Team members were Cheston Stacy of Stockton, Missouri, Hilsden Moseley of Wheaton, Missouri, Nastasia Neier of Bella Vista, Arkansas, Chance Wallace of Seneca, Missouri, and Wyatt Graves of El Dorado Springs, Missouri.
Individual awards were given to:
• Sydney Delossantos of Washburn, Missouri: Third place in Employment Interview - Fruit and Vegetable Production.
• Cheston Stacy of Stockton, Missouri: First place in Career Progress - Horticulture, Environmental and Natural Resources.
• Hilsden Moseley of Wheaton, Missouri: First place in Career Progress - Agriculture Processing and Biotechnology.
• Nastasia Neier of Bella Vista, Arkansas: Second place in Career Progress - Non-Ruminant Animal Systems.
• Emilee Block of Carthage, Missouri: Second place in Career Progress - Retail Agribusiness Systems.
• Grace Box of Neosho, Missouri: Third place in Employment Interview - Landscaping and Nursery Design.
• Ashton Baker of Carl Junction, Missouri: Third place in Career Planning - Agriculture Education.
The Crowder Aggies also host events at the Roughrider Arena in Neosho, Missouri, throughout the year to raise money to support student activities. For more information, like the “Crowder Aggies” page on Facebook or contact Jorge Zapata at 417-455-5496.