Grand champion steer

Maddie O'Leary's grand champion steer is auctioned off Saturday morning. 

The grand champion market steer took $25,000 at the Parker County Livestock Improvement Association’s Youth Livestock Auction Saturday.

Sophomore Maddie O’Leary, of Springcreek 4-H, said she’s been showing steers since she was 6 years old but this year her steer finally took grand champion.

Jerry’s Chevrolet purchased the grand champion market steer.

“It’s pretty amazing,” O’Leary said. “I’ve been showing here for five years and finally got it this year.”

A lot of work and daily practice go into winning, O’Leary said. When she’s not in school, she said she spends every day all day in the barn.

O’Leary said her steer this year is amazing but was a particular challenge. “We’ve had him about a year and when we first got him, he was completely scared. It took him forever to get him used to me. But we worked really hard last summer and all this past year. It’s paid off.”

Last year, he’d kick when touched, O’Leary said.

“It’s just really bitter sweet because we’ve come so far with him,” she said. “It’s really rewarding because you get to see the work that you put in.”

O’Leary hopes to attend Texas Tech when she graduates high school.

More than 300 animals, crops and ag projects were on the sale catalog.

Jerry’s Chevrolet and Plains Capital Bank purchased the grand champion market swine, exhibited by Tebow Sargent, for $11,000.

The grand champion market lamb show by Kinley Petzold was bought for $10,000 by Riverstone Veterinarian Hospital and Plains Capital Bank.

The champion crop, peppers grown by Jayli Pope, were purchased for $3,000 by Clark Real Estate.

Southwest Ford and Texas Bank Financial bought the champion market rabbit from exhibitor Cassara Perdue.

Sadie Ballard’s champion market goat was purchased for $6,000 by Jerry’s Chevrolet.

Southwest Ford and Southwest Nissan purchased the grand champion dairy heifer shown by Stone Stegall for $5,000.