Bingo pays $70K at livestock auction

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by QUITA CULPEPPER / KVUE News

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Posted on March 22, 2013 at 6:35 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 25 at 9:22 AM

AUSTIN -- Rodeo Austin made its mark Friday outside the Bullock Museum as the top winning animals of the year were auctioned off.

So what does it take to make a champion? 

"They're not made, they're born," said Stock Martin.

Martin has been raising cattle his entire life. Last year, the 12-year-old won Grand Champion at the State Fair and earlier this year he won Grand Champion at the Fort Worth Rodeo.

Bingo is his latest world class winner.

"He's a charlet, a charlet cross," Martin said. "He's 18 months right now and we've had him about a year."

Dozens of students from across the state are auctioning off artwork, photos and the animals they've raised this school year. Auction-goers are prepared to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to reward their hard work.

"These kids get up at four and five in the morning to feed these animals, work with them, they keep a journal they turn it in to their FFA chapter leaders. It's a lot of hard work, a lot of effort," Chairman of Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo Craig Teykl said.

The kids use the money to pay for their college education.

Bingo is auctioneed off for $70,000.

The auction winner was Mike McCarty. He owns the McCarty Corporation, a construction company. 

Why did he spend so much to buy Bingo?

"'Cause I can," McCarty said. "I enjoy watching these kids and their hard, hard work and it's a pleasure to watch the results of these kids."

"I am a little sad I have to give him away," Stock said as he prepared to say goodbye to Bingo.

But he's happy to know Bingo is leaving a champion.

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