By Justin Cox
Killeen Daily Herald
Chickens were squawking, cows were mooing, and goats were eating everything in sight as the 54th annual Killeen Junior Livestock Show auction concluded the weeklong event Saturday at the Killeen Special Events Center.
The grand champions brought in top dollar from many area businesses, which showed up to support the show.
Young people from third grade through high school were eligible to compete.
Thirteen-year-old Jake Reavis, who has been involved in livestock competitions since he was 8, proved that hard work does indeed pay off as his grand champion lamb pulled in $4,118, going for $29 per pound.
"We raise lambs at our house, and this is one of the last ones my grandpa raised," he said. "They get fed twice a day. We feed them, walk them and run them."
When he gets done with school in the afternoon at 4:30, he works with them until about 8:30 in the evening every day.
"It'll help pay for next year's lambs, and some of it will help pay for college," he said.
His mother, Pam, said that working on a project like this really teaches her son good life values that will translate into success as he continues to grow and mature.
Reavis' lamb also won grand champion at the Bell County Livestock Show in January, so she said it's been a great year so far for them.
"We want this to go to him to help him later on in life," she said. "He'll benefit from this for the rest of his life. The responsibility required in raising all these animals – he takes care of them all year – brings them to the show.
"He has to learn how to accept selling them, learning the market. It's a lot of hard work, but it's going to pay off in the end."
Kenneth Curp, livestock board president, said the show is a great event for the youth, as well as the community, every year.
"The grand champions have all gone through, and they're all bringing in really good money," Curp said. "Even the judges who've come from bigger shows are impressed with our facilities here. It's a growing deal, and it gets bigger every year."
The grand champion steer, weighing in at 1,264 pounds, went for $9,492.64, divided eight ways to Lott, Vernon & Co., Bates Nissan, Purser Construction, H-E-B, 1st National Bank of Texas, Stagecoach Valley, Country Secrets and David King Construction.
The grand champion meat goat sold for $1,464 to Norman Woodworks, Parson's Roofing, MKG Contractors and Ratliff Ready-Mix.
The grand champion market lamb sold for $4,118 to W and B Development. The grand champion market swine sold for $1,476 to Bates Nissan.
The grand champion roaster sold for $1,500 to Ashley Home Furniture.
The three grand champion fryer rabbits sold for $1,500 to Ratcliff Ready-Mix, MKG Contractors and Parson's Roofing,
The grand champion turkey sold for $1,800 to Union State Bank, and the three grand champion broilers sold for $1,600 to Golden Chick and Prestige Book Keeping.
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