Sales of championship livestock at the American Royal annual Junior Premium Livestock Auction reached a total value of over $525,000, including record-breaking prices in four categories.
Supporters lined up to bid on championship animals on Oct. 27. A portion of the bids contribute to education and scholarships for youth participants to continue the tradition of "Supporting Youth and Education since 1899."
The 2013 auction set a new record for the Grand Champion Market Steer purchased by Neal and Jeanne Patterson with the Cerner Corporation for $170,000. The Reserve Grand Champion Steer brought $56,000 from the high bidder, the Kemper Foundation and UMB Financial Corporation.
According to an American Royal Association news release, the Grand Champion Market Hog brought $40,000 from a group including Dana Foote, David Fowler, Steve Frye, KPMG LLP, Brant Laue, Laue Ranch, Greg & Liz Maday, John & Kate Mitchell, Rick Norden, Cynthia P. Savage, Brad Sprong, Charlie & Tracy Tetrick, Chandler & Tim Thayer.
The Grand Champion Market Lamb auction was the fourth record-breaker, bringing in $60,000.
A total of 66 head of livestock were sold, including 24 steers, 25 hogs, 15 lambs, and 2 goats.
The exhibitors of the Grand and Reserve Champion Market Steers each contributed 10 percent of their respective sales to the Stanley E. Stout Scholarship Fund.