8-year-old's commercial heifers earn $4,600 bid (video)

Dugan Chandler participated in his first livestock show sale

Dugan Chandler, 8, stood quietly as people around him were shouting numbers.

Behind him were a pair of commercial heifers in a pen that was up for grabs for bidders who came from all across the Crossroads on Saturday afternoon to select an animal that would later be sold for its meat.

After a few minutes, the bidding was over, and Dugan's commercial heifers were sold for $4,600. It was his first time participating in the Victoria Livestock Show commercial heifer sale.

"I just really wanted them to do good because I can use the money for other stuff," he said. "I can use the money to help in the events I do."

Dugan, who also competed in rodeo events, claimed first place in his 4-H class for his heifers earlier in the week.

"I wanted him to start young and learn how to feed animals," said his mother, Karlissa Chandler. "He liked working with commercial heifers, and we're blessed that they did well this year."

The third-grader at Trinity Episcopal School said he looked forward to competing in livestock shows.

"I thought it was a cool thing to be a part of the show," he said. "It takes a lot of talent, but I thought it would be fun."