Jr. Livestock Champions bring in record $322,000
The 2014 Auction of the Junior Livestock Champions during the National Western Stock Show in Denver brought in record numbers with the top eight animals’ total sales exceeding last year’s total by $43,500. The highest bids went to the Grand Champion Steer, which sold for an all-time record of $132,500 and the Reserve Grand Champion Steer, which sold for $71,000.
The money invested supports the young kids who raised the animals as they plan for their agricultural future and college educations. In addition, a portion of the proceeds support the National Western Scholarship Trust, which funds scholarships in agriculture and rural medicine at colleges throughout Colorado and Wyoming. Last year, 74 students received funds to aid their education.
The top six Junior Livestock animals were auctioned off live on Denver’s 9News. The results of the eight champions are listed below:
• The Grand Champion Steer sold for $132,500 to Ames Construction Company. The steer was shown by 13-yearold junior exhibitor, Baylor Bonham from Newcastle, OK.
• Transwest Trucks, Inc., bought the Reserve Grand Champion Steer for $71,000, shown by Lauren May from Mineral Point, WI.
• The Grand Champion Hog sold for $30,000 to Anadarko Petroleum Corporation. The junior exhibitor is Nalaney Guyer, from Robinson, IL. The Reserve Champion Hog was sold for $18,000 to U.S. Bank and Hassan Salem and shown by Cole Wilcox from Bedford, IN.
• The Grand Champion Lamb went for $30,000 to the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce and was shown by Destinee Johnson of Fredrick, OK. The Reserve Champion Lamb went to Colorado Business Bank for $13,500. The junior exhibitor is Beau Davis of Guthrie, OK.
• The Grand Champion Goat, shown by Aspen Martin, Mason, TX, was bought by EKS&H, LLLP for $15,000 and the Reserve Grand Champion Goat went to STEPS Foundation for $12,000 and was shown by Grant Read from Santo, TX. — WLJ