2012 National Western Stock Show Junior Livestock Auction record breaking year
The National Western Stock Show (NWSS) broke an all-time record total during the 2012 Junior Livestock Auction. The previous high total was $592,707, which was achieved in 2006 during the 100th Anniversary of the NWSS. This year, 98 animals were sold for a record $611,200, nearly a $20,000 increase from the previous record.
The money invested supports youth that raised the animal as they plan for their future needs for their college education.
In addition, a portion of the proceeds support the National Western Scholarship Trust, which funds scholarships in agriculture and rural medicine at colleges throughout Colorado and Wyoming. Last year, 74 students received funds to aid their education.
The data from this year’s Junior Livestock Auction are:
• Total bid dollars came to $611,200, smashing the previous total of $592,707.
• The Grand Champion Steer sold for the second highest dollar amount of all time. Ames Construction, led by Butch Ames, invested $106,000, honoring the 106th NWSS. TransWest Truck and Trailer bought the reserve grand champion steer for $45,000, up from $33,000.
• The Grand Champion hog sold for $25,000 to Anadarko Petroleum, nearly double last year’s total. The reserve champion hog brought $15,500 by Colorado Business Bank.
• The Grand Champion Lamb went for $24,000 to Carter Energy Corporation. The reserve champion lamb went to Greenberg Traurig, LLC for $21,000.
• The Grand Champion Goat went to the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce for $26,000 and the reserve champion goat went to Larry and Susan Hamil for $12,000.