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Colorado-raised Grand Champion Steer auctions for record price

The Grand Champion Steer from LaSalle broke the previous record auction by $40,000.

DENVER — The 2023 Auction of Junior Livestock Champions at the National Western Stock Show was one for the record books.

The auction's sales set a new record of $585,000 across the top eight champion animals. The previous record from 2020 was $531,000.

Stan The Man, the 2023 Grand Champion Steer shown by LaSalle resident Justin Pfannebecker, sold for a record $200,000, to Ames Construction Company. 

The previous steer record was set in 2022 when the Grand Champion Steer sold for $160,000.

The Colorado-raised Reserve Grand Champion Hog also sold for a record price, $75,000, topping the former record of $50,000 set in 2022.

The money from the auction will support the junior exhibitors that raised the animals as they plan for their agricultural future and college educations. In addition, a portion of the proceeds supports the National Western Scholarship Trust.

The top eight junior market animals were auctioned live on 9NEWS.

You can watch the 2023 Junior Livestock Auction below: 

Credit: National Western Stock Show
2023 Grand Champion Market Steer, Stan the Man, shown by Justin Pfannebecker and purchased by Ames Construction Company.

Grand Champion Steer

  • Stan, aka Stan the Man
  • Exhibited by Justin Pfannebecker, 18, of LaSalle, CO
  • Sold for a record $200,000 to Ames Construction Company

Reserve Grand Champion Steer

  • Rooster
  • Exhibited by Mason Grady, 12, of Grandview, TX
  • Sold for $100,000 to Transwest Trucks Inc.

Grand Champion Hog

  • Buzz
  • Exhibited by Selah Salmons, 13, of Weatherford, TX
  • Sold for $60,000 to Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce

Reserve Grand Champion Hog 

  • Lil G
  • Exhibited by Karsyn Fetzer, 16, of Kersey, CO
  • Sold for $75,000 to OXY

Grand Champion Lamb

  • Exhibited by Hayden Schroeder, 18, of Zephyr, TX
  • Sold for $50,000 to APC Resources

Reserve Grand Champion Lamb

  • Exhibited by Bailee Amstutz, 18
  • Sold for record of $45,000 to TKM Foundation

Grand Champion Goat

  • Exhibited by Dakota Martin, 17
  • Sold for $30,000 to Babson Farms

Reserve Grand Champion Goat

  • Exhibited by Hayden Schroeder, 18, of Zephyr, TX
  • Sold for $25,000 to Northwestern Holding, LLC

The National Western Stock Show is a nationally recognized Western heritage and entertainment event with one of the world’s richest regular season professional rodeos, one of the country’s largest horse shows and Colorado’s largest agricultural trade show.

A tradition since 1906, this part-rodeo, part-livestock show and part-fair brings hundreds of thousands of people to the National Western Complex each year for a celebration of our state’s agricultural heritage.

The 117th annual National Western Stock Show and Rodeo runs until Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023, at the National Western Complex and Denver Coliseum at Interstate 70 and Brighton Boulevard.

Tickets to the National Western Stock Show and a full schedule of events can be found at NationalWestern.com.

9NEWS is a corporate partner of the National Western Stock Show.

2022 Junior Livestock Auction:

2020 Junior Livestock Auction:

2019 Junior Livestock Auction:

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