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Brother shows champion steer for injured sibling

By Bianca Montes
March 1, 2014 at 2:01 a.m.
Updated Feb. 28, 2014 at 9:01 p.m.

Grand Champion Steer Jack Perry, 18 School/grade: Industrial High School, senior School Club: Industrial FFA Breed: AOB Weight: 1,330 pounds Name: Marvin

Jack Perry watched from the sidelines as his younger brother, Levi, showed his 1,330-pound steer, Marvin.

This was the last year Jack could show, and although he has been a part of the Victoria Livestock Show since fifth grade, the Industrial High School senior had yet to take home the grand championship.

As his brother tamed the animal in front of the audience and judge, Jack said it was bittersweet that because of a shoulder injury from football he was unable to show his steer.

But as soon as judge Juan Flores called out his name as the grand champion winner, Jack thought, "Thank you, Levi."

The steer champion drive closed out judging Friday night at the 2014 Livestock show at the Victoria Community Center.

Although this year ends Jack's ability to show, he said his participation will continue. Both he and Levi, who has two grand championships under his belt, will guide their younger brother and sister.

"That's the best part," Jack said. "Spending time with family and friends - picking up good values. Raising steer teaches you to be a well-rounded person."

Jack and his brother said it is a full-time job, from feeding, washing and clipping the steer to training it how to show.

"All I can say is that I hit the jackpot," Jack said.

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