Photography: Courtesy Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

Zac Brown buys Reserve Champion Steer at the Junior Market Reserve Auction as proceeds go to education programs.

On Saturday, March 25, at the Houston Rodeo, the day before Zac Brown Band was set to perform in front of thousands of people for the closing night of RodeoHouston, the band’s lead singer, Zac Brown, and his wife, Shelly, were among the crowd at the Junior Market Reserve auction where 16-year-old Stock Martin of Hereford, Texas, presented his steer.

The Future Farmers of America member’s steer, Magic, was in a high-dollar bidding war. In energetic bidding, the steer ultimately went to buyers Shelly and Zac Brown, Victoria and Parker Johnson, and Amber and Steve Mostyn for $330,000.

A press release from Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo related that Brown had arrived a day early to the show to support youth education and the future of agriculture at the Steer Auction. “I want to do anything to help kids and encourage the next generation,” Brown was quoted.

An FFA member in high school, Brown explained that he had participated in both poultry and livestock judging and values the life skills the experience taught him.

“Participating in 4-H or FFA instills leadership and confidence in youth,” Brown was quoted. “Those are traits they will carry with them for the rest of their lives.”

For more information about the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and the Junior Market Reserve Auction, visit their website.