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Commercial heifer sale brings in $179,000, $48,000 more than last year year

By BY DIANNA WRAY
Feb. 26, 2011 at 6:02 p.m.
Updated Feb. 25, 2011 at 8:26 p.m.

McKenna Zacek stands up front as her grand champion commercial heifers are auctioned off. Her heifers sold for $9,200.

McKenna Zacek had a wide smile on her face as she stood in front of her grand champion commercial heifers at the Victoria County Livestock Show.

She held her purple grand champion banner higher as the auctioneer acknowledged bids at a rapid-fire pace.

A crowd of eager buyers packed the bleachers that were assembled in the barn.

McKenna's face lit up as the auctioneer closed out the bids on her heifers - $9,200.

McKenna, 16, has won grand champion three times and reserve champion twice, but it's always a thrill, she said.

"I was just ecstatic. I wasn't expecting it and when I found out, I was so excited," McKenna said.

This year, 41 pairs and two single heifers, a total of 84 heads, were sold at the Victoria Livestock Show commercial heifer auction. Sales amounted to $179,600, an increase over last year's sales, which totaled at $131,950.

The average price per head was $2,138, up from last year's average of $1,374 per head.

Reserve champion Justin Albrecht has entered the competition four times without winning. Finding out that he had won reserve champion put a grin on his face.

"It was great. You work hard and feed them and take care of them. I was excited," Justin, 14, said.

His heifers sold for $5,400.

Katelyn Salziger, 12, admitted she was a little nervous standing in front crowd of buyers. She was also a little sad to part with her heifers, Butterscotch and Skittles.

"It's exciting, but it's always hard. I really love my animals," Katelyn said.

Her heifers sold for $4,200.

The crowd applauded after each sale and buyers seemed eager to raise their yellow cards to purchase the heifers and support the efforts of the students.

Buyer Mike Tater said he comes to show his support for the students.

"We've got to support our kids. It's educational, and it gives them the chance to make a little money for college. We do it for them," Tater said.

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