At Livestock Show and Rodeo, junior grand champion brings in big bucks

Chappie the steer sold for $350K in Houston

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HOUSTON - Bidders at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo went head to head, battling it out Houston style.

In the end, Chappie the steer, the junior market grand champion, sold for $350,000.

Kelton Long, 15, was the proud exhibitor of the steer. He said raising a grand champion takes lots of sacrifice and hard work.

"Hard work during the summer," said Long. "Waking up, taking care of them, getting them ready for the show every day during the summer and after school. Making sure they're really prepared."

Long said it was his father who inspired him to get into the steer-raising business.

"My dad did it when he was a child, and I thought it would be cool to follow him and do it to," said Long.

Long said he also competes in Fort Worth, the Dallas State Fair and also in San Antonio.

After Saturday's event, Long said he plans to use some of the winnings for a college fund, and save the rest. He said he hopes to go to Texas Tech with a major in agriculture.

Long has some advice for anyone who's thinking of getting into the business.

"If you're going to do it, you've to to make sure you're focused on it," said Long. "You have to want to do it and have a passion for it."

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