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
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
The winning bid of $50,000 for LLer came from Express Ranches, Bank of Western Oklahoma, McAfee & Taft,
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.
Caring for Bam and her other sheep takes a lot of time, Brown said, but the experience has taught her a lot about responsibility and dedication.
“It makes you take care of something other than yourself,” she said.
She said she was shocked that she won.
“I didn't think I had a shot,” she said. “I thought maybe (I'd win) my class. Maybe.”
Brown said she plans to use her winnings to show more sheep and go to OSU.
Brianna Robinson, of El Reno, had the top barrow, and Oklahoma Farm Bureau and Central States Trailers bought the pig for $20,000. Robinson also showed grand champion barrows in 2010 and 2006.
Debo, shown by Mercedes Hardin, of Hennessy, was the grand champion goat. The winning bid of $12,000 came from Farm Credit, Industrial Ignition and Engine, Show-Rite Feeds and Loving Care Home Health. Hardin also had the top goat in 2009.
The Oklahoma Youth Expo drew students from every county in the state. Besides livestock showing, students competed in events such as speech and art.
K.K. Rule, a senior from Minco, was grand reserve champion of the expo's Junior Western Art Show for her painting of her dog, “Head of Ranch Security.” She used to show animals but decided to take a step back this year while she dedicated more time to
Like many students, she couldn't let get of the expo completely, she said.
“My family's definitely had a legacy of being involved,” Rule said.