Whopping $7.3M raised at this year’s Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo livestock auctions
The sale of the grand champion steer at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo wasn’t the only record smashed this year.
Overall proceeds of this year’s auctions generated $7.3 million, eclipsing last year’s total by $1.2 million, according to the Stock Show. Revenue from the sales have risen more than 35 percent since 2020.
The biggest sale this year was the $440,000 paid for the grand champion steer by Fort Wort-based insurance and financial broker group Higginbotham & Associates. The winning bid for the European Crossbred steer owned by Sadie Wampler, a 15-year-old 4-H member from Canyon, surpassed the 2022 champion price by $130,000.
“I’m continually amazed at the hard work our volunteers devote to supporting the youth of Texas,” said Brad Barnes, the Stock Show president and general manager, in a statement. “Their efforts underscore the tremendous generosity of the wonderful donors here in the Fort Worth area.”
The reserve grand champion shown by Mason Grady, a 4-H member from Grandview, was purchased by Hillwood for $200,000.
The grand champion barrow, a crossbred shown by FFA member Brynn Fort of Burkburnett, went for a final bid of $120,000 from Rosenthal 1997 Charitable Lead Annuity Trust, Penrose Group, Standard Meat Co. and Syracuse Sausage, according to the Stock Show.
Other top winning bids were:
$50,000 for the reserve grand champion barrow, exhibited by FFA member Kenley Krohn of Lamesa, by Steven Luskey.
$75,000 for the grand champion wether lamb, a medium wool crossbred shown by 4-H member Graham Newsom from Olton, by J. Bryan King, Caroline Carter King, Mary Katherine King and Gexpro Services.
$70,000 for the reserve grand champion lamb exhibited by Landrie Lain, a 4-H member from Weatherford, by the Patrick O. Rayes Family Partnership.
$40,000 for the grand champion wether goat shown by Blaze Mock, a 4-H member from Comfort, by Test Equity, Gexpro Services, Distribution Solutions Group and Lawson Products.
$17,500 for the reserve grand champion wether goat exhibited by Shepherd Silvers, a FFA member from Junction, by Susan and Stephen Butt.