Nelson England has been showing cattle for as long as he can remember. The Knox County teen’s experience, which includes ten years of 4-H competition, paid off in a big way Saturday when his Crossbred steer was chosen as grand champion of the 2013 Illinois State Fair. “Finally,” he said was his first thought when the judge winked at him and then shook his hand, signaling that he had won the Junior Steer Show.
England, who’s 18-years-old and resides in Oneida, Ill., said he was confident entering the show, but knew the other breeds he would be competing against were very good as well. He said he just tried to remain composed and make sure his steer was set in the best position for the judge to evaluate him.
Nelson’s Grand Champion Steer was sold Tuesday in the Sale of Champions for $62,000 to Knox AT&T, Monsanto-DeKalb-Asgrow and Friends of Knox County 4-H.
He plans to put the money he receives from the sale toward his college education at Iowa State University.