HOUSTON - Top lots brought more than half a million dollars during the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Junior Market Steer Auction on Saturday.
Kelton Long’s Grand Champion Junior Market Steer, “Chappy,” was purchased for $360,000. Long, 15, is a member of the Collingsworth County 4-H Club from Wellington.
Long’s father, Barry, was overcome with emotion.
“It’s just one excited feeling,” Barry Long said.
Kelton Long described how much hard work goes into raising a grand champion steer.
"You've got to exercise them daily, feed them, water them and get them up every day," he said.
The steer was purchased by Evelyn and Roger Bethune; Vanessa, Chris, Kyle and Rihanna Bruegger; Sally and Rigo Flores; and Stewart Title/Mary Alice and E.D. Lester.
“I see so many more Hispanic kids getting an education because of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo,” Rigo Flores, buyer and Steer Auction Committee member, said. “That’s really dear to me, being Hispanic.”
The Champagne Cowgirls buying group purchased the Reserve Grand Champion Junior Market Steer for $210,000.
The Chianina steer, “Gene Simmons,” was exhibited by Robert Hurst, 14. Hurst is a member of Farewell FFA from Friona.
“It’s all about the satisfaction of providing educational money and the further development of the youth of this state,” Bobbie Mau, member of Champaign Cowgirls, said.