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Records Set At Livestock Show’s Junior Market Poultry Auction

During the Houston Livestock Show’s Junior Market, near record prices were paid at the poultry auction.

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Andrew Horacefield
Andrew Horacefield of Crosby Texas, owner of the Grand Champion turkey.

The Sales Pavilion at Reliant Arena was filled with buyers and sellers of poultry animals and volunteers who make sure the event takes place without a hitch, not to mention the people who love to watch it happen. 

LeRoy Shafer, the Houston Livestock Show And Rodeo’s Chief Operating officer, says this is what it’s all about.

“It’s rewarding for us, but it’s so rewarding for those more than 12,000 youngsters who bring their 4H and FFA animals here from literally every county in the state of Texas.”

 Only the top 20 percent of the animals are taken in the four mark animal auctions of steer, lamb and goat, and barrow and poultry. The sale of the grand champion and reserve champion broilers and turkeys began the auction.

“If you’re one of those four individuals, that’s like being the Most Valuable Player after a whole season of Major League Baseball. This is the World Series, and to be standing on that stage with the Grand or Reserve Champion, you’re an MVP.”

Longtime auctioneer Randolph Holford set the stage for the bidding when he told potential buyers:

“Spend every single cent you came to spend. There’s my financial advice for you. I will not charge you for that and the sale’s on. I bid $25, who’ll get $50,000?”

When it was over, buyers paid more for the champion and reserve Junior Market broilers and the grand champion turkey than last year. A group of buyers got together to set a new world record in the sale of the reserve grand champion turkey.

Auctions continue this weekend with lamb, goat and school art. Next weekend, buyers will get to purchase the grand champion barrow and steer.

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Inside the Sales Paviilion at Reliant Arena waiting for 2014 Poultry auction.

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