The 60th annual Killeen Junior Livestock Show ended Saturday with an awards presentation and a live auction at the Killeen Special Events Center.
This year’s show, which began Wednesday, featured more than 160 entries, including steer, turkeys, rabbits, goats, pigs and other livestock.
This year’s grand champion steer belonged to 17-year-old Jacob Warren. Warren’s steer weighed 1,281 pounds and sold for $8,967 at auction.
“I felt really great,” said Warren, a high school junior who attends the Killeen Independent School District’s Career Center.
Warren, a member of the center’s FFA, said he hopes to become a veterinarian. He competed at the show last year. This was his first year entering a steer, and it was his first champion entry.
“I saw the steers last year, and I really wanted to try it,” Warren said. “I’m glad I did. I’ve already got another I’m getting ready for next year.”
Warren’s steer was purchased by Lott, Vernon & Company, First National Bank Texas, Purser Construction, H-E-B, 195 Lumber, Union State Bank, Scott Cosper, Wayne Cosper and Ellis Air.
Warren advised youth considering taking up raising livestock for competition to stick with it, even though the task can be challenging. “It can be hard, but don’t give up,” he said. “It’s worth it.”
Other grand champion award winners announced Saturday included Christina Estes for her 286-pound market swine, Kylie Bliton for her 149-pound market lamb, Austin Whalen for his 85-pound meat goat, Marissa Knapp for broilers and cockerels, Jordan Daggs for rabbits, Bailey Lafferty for a roaster and Reid Walinder for his turkey.
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