At the largest livestock show event in the country, a small 12-year-old girl from Johnson County set a world record.
On March 21, Mikala Grady of Grandview 4-H exhibited the grand champion junior market barrow that sold for a world record of $204,400 at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the largest show in the country.
“It was a neat surprise and cool experience,” Mikala Grady said. “It wasn’t until I made the sale that I realized this was all actually happening to me. It’s pretty exciting.”
The barrow, named Malibu, was sold to Jackie and Jon Hodges; Linda and David Johnson; Becky and Kelly Joy; and Anne Foundation and Ronnie Vinson.
“We just love the show,” Jackie Hodges said in a press release. “It just does so many wonderful things for the community and we are just happy to be able to be a part of it.”
As the grand champion barrow exhibitor, Mikala Grady will receive $50,000 of the $204,400 made at sale. The remainder of the world record prize will go to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Educational Fund.
Grady said the money will be saved to go to college at Texas A&M University. She plans to pursue a career as a veterinarian so she can continue to work with animals.
She had always come close to winning. At the Johnson County Junior Livestock Show her market swine won reserve champion and she came in second in her class at the Fort Worth, San Antonio and Austin livestock shows.
Jay McCormick, who buys all the pigs for the Gradys, said Brad Grady, Mikala’s father, asked him, “Do you think we’re jinxed? Will this ever happen for us?”
“I just told him to hang in there and it’ll happen,” McCormick said. “I had a feeling they were going to win big.”