LAMPASAS — Braedon Raub isn’t worried about the money, even if it is $125,000.
He simply wants to be the best.
Raub, 14, accomplished that goal and set a record when he sold his grand champion market steer, Beaver, for $125,000 at the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo last weekend.
“It felt good when (the price) was going up and up, but the best part of it was just winning the show,” said Raub, a Lampasas High School freshman and member of Future Farmers of America. “I beat everybody. It felt really, really good.”
Raub’s 1,300-pound steer would only cost about $1,800 based on the market price of beef cattle, said Steve Forsythe, an agriscience instructor at the Lampasas Independent School District.
But about 10 individuals and businesses — including H-E-B — joined together to keep bidding on Raub’s animal and surpassed the amount that any champion steer sold for in the past.
The previous stock show record was set last year at $120,000.
“It’s almost mind-boggling but in a good way,” said Forsythe, who also is the career and technology coordinator at Lampasas ISD. He said the bidders bought the animal at a high price to show support for agricultural education by rewarding FFA and 4-H students for their hard work and ethic.
In his six years of competing in livestock shows, the most expensive steer Raub sold before Saturday’s auction was for $10,000 at a county show.
Raub said he plans to invest some of the $125,000 he earned Saturday in buying more cattle. He plans to exhibit another steer at the San Angelo Livestock Show today.
“(Braedon) is very competitive and at the barn every day working,” Forsythe said.