DENVER, Colo. — The sold-out crowd at the 2023 Auction of Junior Livestock Champions attracted spectators and buyers eager to support young men and women in agriculture. This year, all eyes were on the two kids from Colorado: Justin Pfannebecker from LaSalle, Colorado, and his Grand Champion Steer named Stan, aka Stan The Man; also from Colorado, the Reserve Champion Hog exhibited by Karsyn Fetzer of Kersey, Colorado.
The home-state support was evident when Stan The Man sold for a record high, $200,000. The former record was set in 2022 when the Grand Champion Steer sold for $160,000. Colorado raised Reserve Grand Champion Hog sold for a record $75,000, topping the former record of $50,000 in 2022.
The generosity of the buyers was evident as the sale numbers were tallied, totaling a new record of $585,000 across the top eight champion animals. The previous record from 2020 was $531,000.
The money invested supports the junior exhibitors that raised the animal as they plan for their agricultural future and college educations. In addition, a portion of the proceeds supports the National Western Scholarship Trust. The Scholarship Trust funds agriculture studies and rural medicine scholarships at colleges throughout Colorado and Wyoming. This year, 110 students received funds to aid their education. For more information regarding the Scholarship Trust, please visit nationalwestern.com.
The top eight junior market animals were auctioned live on 9NEWS at 6:30 p.m. The results are as follows:
The Grand Champion Steer, shown by 18-year-old Justin Pfannebecker of LaSalle, CO, sold for a record $200,000 to Ames Construction Company. Justin has been showing steers and hogs since he was eight and plans to use the money to attend college at West Texas A&M.
The Reserve Grand Champion Steer named Rooster weighed 1377 lbs, exhibited by Mason Grady of Grandview, TX. Transwest Trucks Inc. purchased the crossbred steer for $100,000. Mason is 12 years old and plans to attend Texas A&M and study agriculture.
The Grand Champion Hog, exhibited by Selah Salmons of Weatherford, TX, sold for $60,000 and was purchased by the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. The crossbred hog named Buzz weighed 253 lbs. Salmons’ favorite Stock Show experience is walking the green carpet. The 13-year-old enjoys riding cutting horses and playing softball outside the show ring.
The Reserve Grand Champion Hog was raised in Colorado and exhibited by 16-year-old Karsyn Fetzer of Kersey, CO. OXY purchased the 263 lb hog named Lil G for a record $75,000. Karsyn’s favorite part about the show ring is meeting new people. She hopes to attend the University of Florida to play volleyball.
The Grand Champion Lamb, shown by Hayden Schroeder, sold for $50,000 to APC Resources. Hayden is interested in studying agriculture and plans to continue raising livestock with his family. Following graduating from Early High School, Hayden plans to attend Junior College to judge livestock collegiately.
The Reserve Grand Champion Lamb was purchased by TKM Foundation, Sean and Audra McNicholas, for a new record of $45,000. The champion lamb was exhibited by 18-year-old Bailee Amstutz, who has shown at National Western for eight years. Bailee cherishes her memories on the green carpet, enjoys livestock judging, and was the winner of this year’s NWSS 4-H Livestock Judging Competition.
— National Western Stock Show