Zac Brown took the Houston Livestock show and Rodeo by the horns this year. In addition to his sold-out performance, the country star also purchased a reserve champion steer.
Brown and his wife, Shelly, joined four others to complete the winning bid of $330,000 for a mixed-breed steer named Magic.
This was more than just a flashy purchase for Brown. The singer said it was a chance to show his love and support for those working in an industry that he holds close to his heart.
“I was a member of (Future Farmers of America) growing up as well. I did poultry judging, livestock judging, the whole thing, so I know how important it is,” Brown said, according to Culture Map Houston. “I’m here to help the next generation carry on.”
Hereford teenager Stock Martin raised Magic. Martin, 16, will take home $40,000 from the completed sale.
The Grand Champion of the auction was a Charolais named Playa, whom sold for $345,000. The owner, Jagger Horn, collected a cool $80,000 from the sale.
The Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion steers, along with the top placing steers in each breed division, were sold at the Junior Market Steer Auction Saturday in the NRG Arena Sales Pavilion. A record 2,814 steers were entered in the competition this year.