Grand Champion Houston Steer Brings $345,000
When the Grand Champion Steer at Houston goes across the auction block it is a sign the stock show season is over. An Anson, TX teen was a bit shell shocked when the show judged slapped the teen’s steer 1,283 pound Charolais named “Playa” on the hip, signaling the Grand Champion of show. Not just any stock show, the granddaddy of all stock shows, the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo. The 15 year old will take home $75,000 of the proceeds while the remaining will be used by HLSR for scholarships.
A unique surprise at this year’s auction was country recording artist, Zac Brown achieved high bidder status at $330,000 for the reserve champion steer. Mr. Brown credits his ability to succeed in the music business to his experience as an FFA member in high school. Mr. Brown stated that he was thankful for his FFA opportunity, and the success he has achieved in the music business and wanted to give back. That is a story in and of itself.
“Playa” might have neared the $500lb mark but he did not come close to the $600,001 record set in 2002. With the disparity between “Playa” and the 2002 champion it makes one ask “Why not opt to list the steer with a cattle broker, why not put an ad on Facebook, etc?” Because markets change. The cash market within corporations and wealthy supporters has changed in 15 years. When the markets change new values are established, sometimes higher, sometimes lower.
Auctions obviously provide more excitement than a listing with a cattle broker or social media ad. More importantly an auction puts all interested parties in one room to compete against each other financially for ownership or in the case of stock shows and Mr. Brown the opportunity to give back and change lives of young people.
For the full story visit the Houston Chronicle article.