Denver City teen’s steer named 2018 State Fair of Texas Grand Champion

8th grade Denver City student wins for grand champion steer

DALLAS, TX (KCBD) - The phrase “All hat, no cattle” gets tossed around a lot in Texas, but a Denver City teen has shown the state she’s all cattle.

14-year-old Ashton Floyd, an 8th Grader at Denver City’s Gravitt Junior High, won the 2018 State Fair of Texas Grand Champion Steer title Thursday in Dallas.

Floyd has raised the steer, Ultra, with the help of her father and younger sister, who also won the lightweight steer division yesterday.

“I’ve been showing animals since I was 3,” Floyd told the State Fair of Texas. “I’ve shown pigs, I’ve shown heifers, steers, almost everything.”

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She picked Ultra from a breeder in Stanton, her father, Jared Floyd, said. Ultra ultimately weighed in at 1,346 pounds.

Photo Credit: Floyd family & State Fair of Texas
Photo Credit: Floyd family & State Fair of Texas

For her efforts, Floyd walks away with not only a champion-sized belt buckle and leather banner. She was also able to sell Ultra for $150,000, a State Fair of Texas record.

Jared Floyd was quick with his answer of what will happen with that prize money. “College, college, college!” he laughed. “Go Red Raiders!”

Floyd says she wants to study animal embryology at Texas Tech.

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