The state’s best poultry were sold with record-breaking prices to generous donors at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ Junior Market Poultry Auction.
Exhibitor Kamryn Till, 18, from Nada, Texas, and her Grand Champion Junior Market broilers sold for $300,000, a new world record. The El Campo FFA senior said this is an accomplishment for not only herself, but her family.
“This has been a family project,” Kamryn said. “My parents have spent countless hours with me to raise these chickens.”
Kamryn’s broilers were purchased by Becky & Kelly Joy, J Alan Kent – Julie & Alan Kent, Debbie & Joey McGuire and Cheryl & Barry Heaton. McGuire, who is the head football coach at Texas Tech University, has said although this is only his second year at the auction, he knows how important the donors are to the exhibitors.
“This helps them advance in what they want to do,” McGuire said.
The Reserve Grand Champion Junior Market Broilers, shown by Gage Wilson, 8, from El Campo FFA, were sold for $175,000, breaking last year’s world record of $165,000. Gage’s broilers were sold to Lauren & Darrell Palmer, Dr. Hanna Lindsrog & Jonathan Rhoads, Holly & John Knudsen IV and Josh Harrison. Josh Harrison said he comes to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo to give back to the kids.
“Giving back allows us to give the same opportunities I was given,” Harrison said. “We just want to support the kids.”
La Vernia FFA member Tyler John, 18, who will be studying Diesel Mechanics at Del Mar College in the fall, and his Grand Champion Junior Market Turkey, Boss Hogg, brought in $200,000, setting a new world record. He said without family, this would not have been possible.
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