Aug 9, 2022 - Business

The most expensive animal in Ohio

Illustration of a steer in a pile of money with money in it's mouth
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The steaks were high at the Ohio State Fair Sale of Champions when 16-year-old Ryleigh Egbert brought her prized calf Cruiser on stage.

Steering the news: The Auglaize County exhibitor and her Grand Champion Market Beef winner set a record for the most expensive livestock sale in fair history.

👀 Eye-popping stat: A trucking company near Egbert's hometown paid $225,000 for the esteemed animal, more than double the previous record of $85,000.

  • Egbert took home $22,000 and the rest supports a 4-H scholarship program.

What they said: Speaking with reporters Monday, Egbert called Cruiser "very unique" as far as steer go — a powerful creature with an especially impressive build.

  • "We won many, many shows with him," she said of the past year.
  • After Sunday's sale, Dublin-based auctioneer Kevin Wendt told Egbert: "You hold the record, and I'm sure you will for a while."

💭 Tyler's thought bubble: That's one steep price for a steer, but at least the money goes toward a good cause.

  • I wouldn't have bid more than $185,000 on it.

All the things you could buy for $225,000:

  • 📚 Full ride to Ohio State ($120,000)
  • 🏒 Two Blue Jackets season tickets on center ice ($9,360)
  • 🦖 Renting out COSI's dinosaur exhibit for eight hours ($8,000)
  • 🚙 2023 Chevrolet Tahoe from Mark Wahlberg Chevrolet ($67,795)
  • 🍦 25-year subscription to Jeni's Pint Club ($18,975)
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