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Baylor Bonham Hits $132,500 Payday for His Grand Champion Steer, Slugger, in Denver

Sun, 26 Jan 2014 06:42:03 CST

Baylor Bonham Hits $132,500 Payday for His Grand Champion Steer, Slugger, in Denver

The 2014 Auction of the Junior Livestock Champions brought in record numbers with the top eight animals total sales exceeding last year's total by $43,500- commanding $322.000. 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. (Pictured here is Baylor Bonham of Newcastle with his Grand Champion Steer, Slugger, who was the Champion Crossbred of the 2014 National Western.

Three young people from Oklahoma grabbed over half of the total proceeds bid on the top eight animals, as 4-H and FFA members from the state were the owners of the Grand Champion Steer, the Grand Champion Lamb and the Reserve Grand Champion Lamb. Traditionally, Oklahoma youth have done well at the National Western, as you have to go back to 2007 to find the last time that noone from Oklahoma had either one of the Grand Champions or Reserve Grand Champions in the junior market show.

In the case of the Grand Champion Steer, it was second time in three years that young Baylor Bonham had the very best steer at the National Western. At the age of 11, Baylor showed the Grand Champion Steer at the 2012 National Western and had a $106,000 payday two years ago.

The money invested supports the young boy and girls that raised the animal 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 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 year old, 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.



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