DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The 72nd Annual Big Tex Youth Livestock Auction was highlighted by the sale of the Grand Champion Market Steer.
Big Tex Champion Club purchased this year’s prize-winning steer with their generous bid of $75,000.
Zane Potter, 16, from Harris County 4-H took home the grand prize for his winning steer, Carney Man.
Potter will keep $30,000 and the rest will go to the Big Tex Scholarship Program to help provide college scholarships for other deserving students throughout the state.
A total of 389 steers competed in this year’s Youth Market Steer Show.
The preliminary amount raised for Texas youth in Friday’s auction is more than $1 million.
Mason Grady from Johnson County 4-H sold his Reserve Grand Champion Market Steer to Roger Perry, Rebcon, Inc, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Tomco, and Freeman Mazda Hyundai for $21,000.
The Grand Champion Market Barrow, owned by Kloee Foster of Honey Grove FFA, sold to Frank Deel and Primera Companies for $15,500.
Atmos Energy purchased the Grand Champion Market Lamb for $15,000 from Brynlee Hogg, Lubbock County 4-H Club.
The Grand Champion Market Goat, owned by Courtney Thurman from Brazos County 4-H, went for $15,000 to the Briscoe and Carpenter Families.
Canon Rosser from Canyon FFA sold his Grand Champion Market Broiler to the Ablon Family for $10,000.
An annual tradition since 2015, full-time employees of the State Fair of Texas pitch in to purchase an animal in the auction.
Continuing that tradition, the State Fair team bid on both a Breed Champion Market Steer owned by Elizabeth Norwood, Ellis County 4-H, for $11,000, and a Breed Champion Market Lamb owned by Emma Osbourn of Llano County 4-H for $5,200.