The day before he performs in front of a sold-out crowd to close out this year's edition of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Zac Brown went steer shopping.
The country superstar and his wife, Shelly, joined four others to put in the winning bid of $330,000 for a mixed-breed reserve champion named Magic raised by 16-year-old Stock Martin from Hereford. The teenager is guaranteed $40,000 from the sale.
The Browns were joined by Victoria and Parker Johnson, and Amber and Steve Mostyn in the successful bid.
"I was a member of FFA (Future Farmers of America) growing up as well. I did poultry judging, livestock judging, the whole thing, so I know how important it is," said Brown, who grew up in a rural area outside Atlanta. "I'm here to help the next generation carry on."
The Zac Brown Band will headline RodeoHouston Sunday night at NRG Stadium. Only standing room tickets remain, at $16 each.
The grand champion, a Charolais named Playa, sold for $345,000. Jagger Horn, 15, of Anson will receive $80,000 from his sale. Heather and Sean Congdon, Mary Alice and E.D. Lester, Olympia Drywall/Narciso and Greg Flores, and Schaefer Ranchwear/Emily and Robert Clay were the winning bidders.
The Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion steers, along with the top-placing steers in each breed division, were sold at the Junior Market Steer Auction Saturday in the NRG Arena Sales Pavilion. A record 2,814 steer entries were entered in the competition this year.