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Broiler, Turkey Grand Champion named at Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

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FFA and 4-H members from around the state of Texas prepare just as hard as traditional athletes for what they consider the championship season of their chosen passion.

On Thursday, March 13, 2014, the Junior Market Poultry Auction was held and record amounts were earned by the broilers and turkeys in the auction.

The Grand Champion Market Broilers was won by 10-year old Weston Bauer, representing Bastrop Country 4-H from Red Rock, Texas.

The winning bid of $165,000 was made by Tommy Fogle, Greg Miller, John Schiller, and Mitzy and Tom Fleissner, , representing Energy XXL.

Their bid exceeded the winning price from 2013; $160,000, but was well below the world record price of $201,000 set in 2007.

Bauer will receive a guaranteed payment if $30,000 with a potential maximum payment of $40,000.

In the Tom Turkey Division, the Grand Champion Turkey was won by 18-year old Andrew Horacefield of Crosby, Texas, representing Harris County 4-H.

The winning bid was $115,000 by Statoil, Terre Albert, Vanessa and Chris Bruegger and Belinda and Mark Young.

Their bid exceeded the 2013 price ($110,000) but was also under the world record set in 2007 of $175,000.

Horacefield will also receive a guaranteed payment if $30,000 with a potential maximum payment of $40,000.

The Reserve Grand Champion Market Broiler went to B. F. Terry High School FFA student Grant Hruzek

The 18-year-old from Rosenberg, Texas tallies a $125,000 price for his entry.

Beverly Wren was the highest bidder, with her bid beating the 2013 price of $105,000.

The Reserve Grand Champion Junior Market Turkey went to 18-year-old Clay Glaze of the Wharton County 4-H of El Campo, Texas.

A world record was set with the winning bid; $140,000 by Shirley and Randy Meyer, Robin Young-Ellis and Joe Ellis, Deanna L. and Larry C. Johnson, Kelly and Becky Joy.

Both Hruzek and Glaze will receive a guaranteed payment of $15,000, with a potential maximum payment of $20,000.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo continues through March 23, 2014.

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