Shelbie Parrish, 19, said she is glad to be finishing up her senior year of high school with a bang after her market steer placed grand champion at the 2013 Killeen Junior Livestock Show.
“You have him for a whole year,” she said. “Feeding and working with the hair and you really want that calf to be market ready.”
Her steer sold for $6.60 per pound during Saturday’s auction. It’s money she said would help her prepare for college.
About 150 local businesses contributed to the event and auction. A total of 93 animals, including chickens, turkeys, roosters, rabbits, hogs, lambs, goats and steers, placed in this year’s event and were auctioned Saturday afternoon at the Killeen Special Events Center.
Each grand champion either walked or carried their animals into the pen for buyers to place bids.
“It took a lot of hard work. You got to feed them, run them and spend time with them,” said Andrew Sutton, 15.
This is Sutton’s first year competing. He sold his goat for $1,900, and also won reserve grand champion. He said he would use the money to purchase another animal for his next competition.
“I went out there and checked on the chickens a lot, fed them and watered them,” said Marissa Knapp, 13. “It feels great because you know you competed really good.”
Knapp sold her winning hen for $1,200. She too got reserve grand champion.
Other grand champion winners included Reid Walinder, who auctioned off his turkey for $1,600; Regan Gordan, who sold his rabbit for $1,500; Christian De Jesus-Roman, who sold his rooster for $1,100; Payton Aldrich, who sold her hog for $16 per pound; and Bailey Lisenbe, who auctioned off her lamb for $19 per pound.
“What a wonderful opportunity for us as adults to interact with the kids in our community,” Killeen Junior Livestock Association’s Joe Daggs said. “It lets them know there are adults out there that care a lot about them and have their best interest at heart.”
Buyers like Nancy Hennigan, 52, have been participating in the livestock show for decades. She bid on rabbits, a lamb, a goat and more on behalf of Metroplex Hospital.
“These kids really work hard on their animals so we are glad our local hospital can come out and bid on them,” she said.
Daggs said the association will meet in about 45 days to begin planning next year’s event.