Graham teen's steer named Grand Champion

War Admiral, a European crossbred, was named the grand champion steer of the Stock Show this afternoon.

War Admiral was shown by Rikki Buckalew, 18, a senior at Graham High School.

The grand champion steer, along with other high-placing steers and champion barrows, wether goats and lambs, will be auctioned off beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Sale of Champions in the West Arena.

As has happened every year since 1983, the judge selected a European crossbreed, not a purebreed, as grand champion. Livestock experts say the crossbreeds are among the most balanced and generally produce the most pounds of the choicest cuts, such as rib-eyes, porterhouses and tenderloins.

Last year's winner was Blackjack, a 1,298-pound European crossbred steer. He is currently on display at the Fort Worth Zoo.

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