This year’s grand champion steer, Rocco, shown by Mikala Grady, 15, of Grandview, sold for $240,000

Sold! Women Steering Business members celebrate the winning bid.


Mikala Grady

Age 15
Grandview, Texas

"A European crossbred steer named Rocco, weighing in at 1,388 pounds and exhibited by 15-year-old Mikala Grady of Grandview, won the Fort Worth Stock Show’s coveted Grand Champion Steer title on Friday in the W.R. Watt Arena.

A day later, Grady sold the steer for a Stock Show record-tying bid of $240,000. Rocco was purchased by a ladies group called Women Steering Business, which included Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price who made the winning bid during the 2017 Junior Sale of Champions auction on Saturday morning.

Rocco was named grand champion steer by judge Doug Husfeld on Friday. Rocco also won the heavyweight class of the European crossbred division before advancing to compete against other breed champions for the overall title.

Grady, a ninth grade student who is a member of Johnson County 4-H, said Rocco won because he has a great physical presence.

“He’s monster legged and he’s sound,” she said.

Asked what made Rocco stand out, Grady said: “Everything about him. He’s just the definition of one that’s pretty good.”

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Fort Worth Business Press, Stock Show Correspondent, Brett Hoffman

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