Austin Cook’s Grand Champion Market Steer, Bruce, earned him a $2,400 payday Saturday during the livestock auction at the Faulkner County Fair.

"I’m so proud of him," Austin’s mother said. "He’s exhibited cattle with the Cloverleaf 4-H since he was 7 years old."

Sen. Jason Rapert landed the winning bid.

Cook, now a Greenbrier High School senior, has worked with Bruce since April to get ready for the fair. Cook is an officer of the GHS Future Farmers of America (FFA) club and is on the livestock judging team, which likely helped prepare him to take top honors at the fair.

Another member of the GHS FFA club, Rachel Harris, took home $1,025 for her Grand Champion Market Hog. Tim Powell of Greenbrier Ready Mix had the winning bid to take home the hog.

Lauren Koch of the Mayflower Livestock 4-H Show Team brought in $850 for her Grand Champion Market Goat. County Judge Jim Baker, representing Farm Credit/Farm Bureau, bought the animal.

"This is all about the kids," Baker told the crowded arena.

There were 78 animals auctioned on Saturday. Look for full results in a future edition.

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