The winners were made up of a group consisting of AT&T, Monsanto and DeKalb/Asgro, who will now all own the 1,330-pound winning steer. He apparently gets skittish in large crowds, so attendees at the auction were reportedly urged not to cheer too loud.
As for the owner of the steer, who’s been raising animals since she was five years old, she says she’s going to save the money and invest it in her future career in livestock.
“I haven’t won this big of a show before,” she said.
The Associated Press says that $100,000 would’ve paid for every animal in the sale of champions in the 2010 fair. Overall, the auction brought in more than $260,000 for the kids who raised the animals, with a 10% cut going to the 4-H and Future Farmers of America programs.
Grand champion steer goes for a record $100K at Illinois State Fair [State Journal-Register]
12-year-old Illinois girl sells steer for $100K [Associated Press]