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ROWVA grad gets record price for champion steer

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Champion steer from ROWVA grad Nelson England gets record price at 2013 Illinois State Fair (submitted photo)

A champion steer shown by a ROWVA High School graduate at the Illinois State Fair brought a record sale price of $62,000.

Nelson England said his family has been showing livestock at the fair for 17 years.  He called the record-breaking sale price of his steer at the Governor’s Sale of Champions auction “incredible.”

England said he will put some of the money toward his show string for next year, and he planned to use the majority of the proceeds to help fund college.  He’s headed to Iowa State University to study animal science.

A spokesperson for Monsanto Company said the successful bidders for the champion steer were Monsanto, Asgrow, DEKALB and AT&T.