ANGLETON — An Angleton girl’s steer was worth 10 grand to buyers at the Junior Livestock Auction at the Brazoria County Fair.
MacKenna McIntyre, 12, won grand champion with her steer Oreo, named for his distinctive white marks on his black hide.
“It was awesome to win,” she said.
MacKenna’s steer went for half the $20,000 family friend Dillon Garcia got at last year’s auction. The record of $29,000 was set at the 2007 fair.
MacKenna said she’d hoped to get “about the same” as Garcia did.
Joe and Jan Schneider won the steer Thursday night. They also bought Garcia’s steer along with another buyer, Matt Rickaway.
Last year’s auction featured 171 steers, goats, rabbits, swine and lambs that sold for a total of $324,565. There were 166 animals set to sell Thursday night.
Junior Livestock Auction superintendent Mike Wollam said there usually are about 275 buyers for the auction every year. There also are buyers who telephone in bids during the auction, he said.
“We’re expecting pretty good things,” he said.
Raising Oreo was a lot of work that involved feeding, exercising, washing and “having to go out to the barn at 9:30 at night,” MacKenna said.
“But it was a lot of fun,” said MacKenna , a member of Midway 4-H and Angleton FFA.
McIntyre’s sisters, MacKayla, 15, and Kenzie, 16, got second and third places respectively with their steers.
As the auctioneer chattered away at the microphone, 12-year-old Emily Hoelewyn of Halfway 4-H stood nervously outside the auditorium. She was hoping to get about $3,000 for her grand champion broilers.
“I’m ready to show,” she said.
Hoelewyn got $2,750 from the highest bidder, County Commissioner Larry Stanley and the law firm Perdue Brandon Fielder Collins & Mott‚ LLP.
She’s been raising broilers for the past five years and this was her first grand champion pen.
“It’s surprising,” she said. “Because I wasn’t expecting it.”
Broilers are judged on the quality of three chickens together while turkeys are judged individually, said Maxwell Green, grand champion turkey winner.
“You just have to have a good one,” said Green, 15, with Pearland FFA.
His turkey sold for $2,500 to TDEC Inc.
The grand champion swine raised by Nathan Terrell, 16, of Pearland FFA drew a $3,500 winning bid from Floyd’s Seafood and O’Day Drilling.
“It’s nice,” Terrell said. “I’ll probably buy another pig next year and see if I can get another good one.”
The grand champion lamb was raised by Danbury FFA member Taylor Williams and sold for $5,000 to Pipelogic Services.
Pearland Stockyard 4-H member Tate Villanueva got $2,750 for his grand champion goat from Allied Fire Protection.
Alvin Stock n’ Stuff 4-H member Vincent Hairston sold the individual grand champion rabbit for $2,000 to the Hold ’em and Hit ’em Club.
The grand champion pen of rabbits raised by Manvel FFA member Macy Meshell sold for $2,750 to Dr. Frank Peltier.