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Published December 04, 2012, 08:14 AM

Area steer sells for $21,000 at livestock event

Girl embroiled in 4-H lawsuit wins grand champion award.

By: Chris Mueller, The Daily Republic

WHITE LAKE — A grand champion steer raised by a 16-year-old White Lake girl sold for $21,000 at the Nov. 15 Sale of Champions at the 2012 North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky.

The girl, Bayley Kroupa, is also the focus of an ongoing lawsuit between her father, Greg Kroupa, and South Dakota 4-H.

Her $21,000 animal, a 1,334-pound crossbred steer called Freddy, was named grand champion of the Junior Steer Show on Nov. 11 at the NAILE.

Kroupa was banned from 4-H competition in October amid allegations of cheating at the 2011 South Dakota State Fair. As a result, Greg Kroupa, Bayley’s father, sued the state 4-H office and several 4-H officials in March.

In July, U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier ruled the 4-H officials could not interfere with Bayley’s participation in 4-H competition.

State 4-H officials appealed Schreier’s decision to the U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals in August. Schreier denied the 4-H officials’ motion to suspend the order allowing Bayley to compete.

Bayley also competed in the 2012 South Dakota State Fair and won reserve grand champion honors for a goat she entered in the fair, as well as purple ribbons for two animals she entered in the fair’s beef competition.