Stock Show Grand Champion Sold for $205K

Stock Show grand champion winner is 12-year-old Stock Martin and his steer Lunchbox

By Chris Van Horne
|  Saturday, Feb 9, 2013  |  Updated 8:17 PM CDT
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Stock Show grand champion winner is 12-year-old Stock Martin and his steer Lunchbox

Kevin Cokely, NBC 5 News

Stock Show grand champion winner is 12-year-old Stock Martin and his steer Lunchbox

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Lunchbox Named Grand Champion Steer

Lunchbox, raised by Stock Martin, was named the Grand Champion Steer at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo Friday.
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The Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo picked its grand champion on Friday and sold at auction for $205,000 on Saturday.

"This has been our lifelong goal, and to do it with one that we raised by ourselves, it makes it even better -- it just adds to the excitement," said 12-year-old winner Stock Martin, of Hereford.

Martin's 7-month-old European Cross steer, who is aptly named "Lunchbox," stood out to judge Dr. Mark Johnson, who said the steer was an example of what cattle bred to eat should look like.

Lunchbox was born a month premature but, even then, the steer always looked good, Martin said.

"We knew we had a good one when he was born, so me and Dad thought, 'Well, everybody at the show might as well pack their lunch, because we've got one that'll get 'em.'"

Lunchbox sold at auction Saturday for $205,000.

"This little boy was there early in the morning before school, you know, late at night before bed, feeding and taking care of this animal, so we just think it should be rewarded," said winning bidder Kris Davis.

Martin, who plans to attend Oklahoma State University, said on Friday he already has plans for the money.

"Put it back into college and then buy more steers, maybe win some more shows," he said.

Last year's grand champion took home $230,000.

The Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo tweeted Saturday afternoon that the junior sale of champions set a new record, $3,126,108.

Saturday is the last day of the Stock Show, gates close at 8 p.m.

NBC 5's Andres Gutierrez contributed to this report.

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