Bell County Youth Fair - steer judging

Logan Coufal, left, is congratulated by judge Jared Boyert after Coufal won grand champion for his steer in the light heavyweight class during steer judging at the Bell County Expo Center in Belton on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014.

Michael Miller | FME News Service

BELTON — Logan Coufal of Rogers 4-H sold his grand champion market steer, “Alabama Slammer,” for $19,470 in the Saturday auction at the Bell County Youth Fair and Livestock Show.

The joint buyers of the 1,298-pound steer at $15 a pound were Coufal Prater Equipment, Coufal Limited Partners, Milam County Livestock Auction, Don Ringler Chevrolet, Ralph Sheffield and First State Bank of Central Texas.

It was the Rogers High School senior’s third time to win grand champion market steer. He first took the award in 2011. He won it again in 2012, when he also won reserve grand champion with a second steer. He’s the son of Lisa and Terry Coufal of Heidenheimer.

“Never give up in the barn, and work as hard as you can,” he advised. “If somebody wants to help you, let them do it.”

He said he wanted to thank Lyle Zoeller, Ryan Mikeska and Dustin Glover, “everybody who helped me in the barn, and all the buyers.”

The money will go toward his college expenses, he said. He will attend Tarleton State University, and plans “to do something in agriculture.”

Before the auction, Coufal received a $1,000 scholarship check from Clem Mikeska, who bought the grand champion market steer from 1970 to 2000.

“Working cattle is hard work,” Mikeska said. “And it pays off.”

Bell County Sheriff Eddy Lange served as one of the auctioneers, along with John Fisher and Tommy Hale. Lange opened the preauction ceremony and was assisted by other Bell County Youth Fair personnel in presenting various awards.

Faron Phinney, chairman of the executive directors committee, presented the new inductees into the fair’s honor program: Denny and Shelia Norman.

High school seniors who participated in the fair’s commercial steer program received cash awards. Lange said another good thing about the commercial steer program is the children get to keep the animal and sell it themselves.

Saturday’s auction, which climaxed the weeklong fair, had 197 items on the docket.

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