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Oklahoma Youth Expo's winning steer nets $50,000 for Luther student

2011 Oklahoma Youth Expo Sale of Champions was Monday. The champion steer, owned by Ryan Stults, of Luther, sold for $50,000. The top 205 exhibitors at the expo were included in the sale, allowing students to receive a financial payoff to go with lessons learned from their projects.
BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL Published: March 22, 2011

Ryan Stults has one word to describe his steer, LLer: lazy.

But to take care of a 1,348-pound animal, Stults had to be anything but lazy. After the constant care and grooming, LLer has paid off. He was named the top steer at the 2011 Oklahoma Youth Expo.

LLer was auctioned off for $50,000 Monday afternoon during the Sale of Champions at State Fair Arena.

“We thought we had a chance,” said Stults, of Luther. “It's a dream come true.”

About 7,000 students showed animals at the expo, an event organizers said is the largest youth livestock show in the world. More than $800,000 in prizes was awarded to the top 205 exhibitors during the Sale of Champions.

The winning bid of $50,000 for LLer came from Express Ranches, Bank of Western Oklahoma, McAfee & Taft, Robyn Printing and Promotions, First Liberty Bank, Tener's, Chain Land & Cattle Co. and Hartzog Conger Cason & Neville.

Stults said he plans to use his money to buy a steer to show at the 2012 Oklahoma Youth Expo, and the rest of the winnings will pay for him to attend Oklahoma State University after he graduates from high school.

Kayla Brown, of Merritt, had the winning lamb, which was purchased for $21,000 by Touchstone Energy, Bank of Western Oklahoma and the Choctaw Nation.

Brown's sheep, Bam, is more of a pet than a project. The animal recognizes Brown and stands up excitedly when she comes into the barn. She feeds him, walks him and puts him on a treadmill so he can build muscle by walking backward. He's a little bit of a hassle when it comes to bathing, though, she said. He hates water and has to be carried in to get cleaned.

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