Texoma Boy's Champion Steer Brings In Record At State Fair Auction

The town of Nocona is celebrating after one of their own claimed the Youth Livestock Grand Champion title.

Not only that, but the Texoma boy is now sitting pretty after his champion steer raised the record at the Texas State Fair Auction.

Newschannel 6 Lindsey Rogers met with the Nocona high schooler to learn more about this family tradition and just what he's going to do with all that money.

"I was pretty surprised because that was my first big show like that to win. Just because all the excitement you get, it's pretty fun," Shelby Womack said.

Shelby is a typical small-town high school kid.

He likes playing sports and showing livestock.

"I don't know, football, showing, they're pretty much close," he said.

Since third grade, Shelby has been showing lambs, goats, pigs, heifers and steers through F.F.A.

"The animal depends on them for feed, water, care. We're teaching responsibility hopefully they will take away for the rest of their life," Shelby's dad Jay said.

Jay is not only one of Shelby's Ag teachers, he's also one proud parent.

Shelby's 18 month old steer, Silver Bullet, beat out hundreds in the competition for the Grand Champion title.

Friday, Silver Bullet was put up for auction and earned a Texas State Fair record, $101,000.

Shelby will get $30,000 of that and the rest will go to state fair scholarships.

But what does a 15 year old do with that kind of cash?

"I don't know, probably college and more steers down the road," Shelby said.

He already has his spring show animals lined up.

And like he did with Silver Bullet, spends countless hours grooming and caring for them.

"Most of your time other than school and football. It takes up the rest of my day," Shelby said.

But, showing is a family tradition for the Womacks.

Jay has been teaching agriculture for 30 years and Shelby is following in the F.F.A. footsteps of his older brother and sister.

"It's just sort of a way of life. Like athletics, it gets into your blood. It's just something we do," Jay said.

An engineering firm and construction company teamed up to purchase Silver Bullet.

He will be on exhibit through the remainder of the Texas State Fair in Dallas, then will be taken to his new home at the zoo.

Lindsey Rogers, Newschannel 6