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Cash cow: State Fair champ steer goes for $130,000-SIRED BY LAUTNER FARMS UNSTOPPABLE

Author: Kristy

DALLAS – “Holy cow” doesn’t begin to cover it.

The youth livestock auction for the grand champion steer at the State Fair of Texas shattered all the previous records Friday.

This year’s price is $130,000, 20-percent higher than last year.

The auction for the grand champion steer at the State Fair of Texas shattered all the previous records Friday. News 8’s David Schechter has more.
“Taking care of an animal is very stressful, but they become your best friend,” said Laurel Kelley, who’s steer, RFD, was grand champion.

Kelley is from Yoakum, Texas, about four-and-a-half miles south of Dallas.

“It’s been a crazy day,” Kelly said, “but it’s definitely been very fun and it’s a dream come true.”

RFD stands for Real Freakin’ Deal, and the war to buy him helped him live up to his name. The winning bid came from the owners of III Forks Steakhouse and Seafood.
“There was another bidder, and we were just fortunate we were able to stay in there and win in the end,” said John Harkey, owner of III Forks.

But, apparently, RFD is too good to eat. III Forks, which has now purchased three grand champions in three years, says the steer will not be slaughtered.

“It’s definitely bittersweet,” Kelley said. “I know he’s going to go on and live a happy life at the ranch. I’m very happy he’s not going to get slaughtered or die.”

The final price will help Kelley go to college, and fund scholarships, so other kids can, too.

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