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‘Lil Bill’ takes 2024 grand champion titleFree Access


Nine-year-old Easton Parker showed this year’s grand champion steer while sporting a cast on one arm and leading 1,315-pound Lil Bill with the other.

Parker’s and Bill’s victory was announced Jan. 26 during the 85th-annual Uvalde County Junior Livestock Show.

Judge David Groschke described Bill, a middle-weight, dirty-blonde exotic, as “a good lookin’ rascal.” He beat out nearly 20 other steers in this year’s show.

Parker, a fourth-grader from Knippa, brought Bill and another middle-weight exotic steer named Twister, to this year’s show.

It was Parker’s second time participating in the county show.

Chaparrosa, AA Ranches, Holt Cat, First State Bank of Uvalde, La Fortalesza de Zavala Ranch and Briscoe Ranch, Inc. teamed up to buy Bill at auction for $20,000.

Reserve grand champion honors went to Brackett Independent School District sophomore Tucker Allen’s heavyweight exotic steer.

Allen’s steer sold for $32,000 to Sabinal Grain, RAD Feed and Supply, Uvalde Producers Feed Mill, Uvalde Pool and Spa, Uvalde Meat, TXN Bank, Texas Farm Store, Neutze Ent., Minits, Tandem Petroleum, Tellus Equipment, AA Ranches, John Paul Schuster, Debbie and Glenn McDonald, Chaparrosa Ranch and Chaparral Feeders.

Knippa ninth-grader Jazzlean Gomez showed the breed champion for American steer, a silver heavyweight, and reserve honors went to Uvalde ninth-grader Cayden Seiler’s red and white lightweight. British champion honors went to Knippa student Aubrey Gomez’s steer and reserve honors went to a steer belonging to Uvalde High student Wyatt Hughes.

Details on other winners, sales and more will be in a future special section. Click here to see results.

Sofi Zeman (szeman@ulnnow.com, 830-278-3335) covers education and crime for the Uvalde Leader-News as a Report for America corps member. Report for America (www.reportforamerica.org) is a national service program that places talented emerging journalists in local newsrooms to report on under-covered topics and communities across the United States and its territories.

*Editor’s note: This story was updated at 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 1 with sales totals for the grand champion and reserve grand champion steers.