Clovis steer sells for $91,000

Reporter’s Notebook

Zane Drager, 19, of Clovis recently sold in Denver, Colo., a grand champion steer for $91,000.
He sold the animal at the National Western Stock Show’s Auction of Junior Livestock Champions.
Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House bought the steer.
“It’s gone,” Drager said Tuesday. “He’s already been slaughtered.”
Drager said he was “pretty surprised” about the dollars he won for the steer.
“The one last year went for $110,000,” he said.
Asked what he plans to do with the money, Drager said he would pay bills for raising the steer and put away the rest of the money for college.
He has been showing livestock for 10 years, since he was 9 years old.
Ninety-two animals, steers, lambs, hogs and goats were sold at the auction for $470,000 at the 2004 auction in Denver.
Curtis Williams of Clovis sold a second-place lamb for $1,600 at the same auction.
Ten percent of the sales proceeds were contributed to the National Western Scholarship Trust that supports 60 agribusiness and rural medical scholarships and universities and community colleges throughout Colorado and Wyoming.
More than 1,500 animals from 24 states were entered in the competition.

Reporter’s notebook was compiled by CNJ staff writer Michelle Seeber. Suggested items may be mailed to editor David Stevens at P.O. Box 1689, Clovis 88102. The e-mail address is:
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