The 2019 Atascosa County Livestock Show and the 2019 McMullen County Livestock Show combined brought in more than one million dollars. The 2020 Atascosa County Livestock Show held at the Atascosa
County Showbarn in Pleasanton starts Monday, January 13 with the sale happening on Saturday, January 18. (Please see full schedule on page 8B.
The 2020 McMullen County Livestock Show will be held in Tilden, January 24-25. Full schedule for that show will be in next week’s issue.
If you have never attended these livestock shows please make plans to attend one this year. The events are for everyone of all ages. Record breaking sales are just a part of the something very special that happens at these livestock shows. Both shows are 360 degrees of excellence with outstanding competitors and stellar showmanship. There is a level of love and respect for the animal that is truly heartwarming. Witnessing the mentorship that happens between the youth is refreshing and a community treasure. You will be surrounded by youths that make you proud to be a Texan. Several hundreds of local youth dressed in their best show garb and they’re ready to show livestock and wow the professional livestock judges. Hard working, dedicated, mannerly, fun and quite a few with loads of charm and extra special showmanship
– these youth are the best of the best future farmers, ranchers, agri-science/ agri-business majors and community leaders.
The 2019 Atascosa County Livestock Show broke all-time records with more than $925,175 raised with 299 participating in the auction and 403 buyers. This is a whopping $67,175 over 2018’s sales which totaled $858,000 and $125,395 more than 2017’s sales total of $799,780. 2019 ACLS Grand Champion Steer shown by Hayden Jenschke, Poteet 4H and 2019 ACLS Reserve Champion shown by Hunter Norment, Pleasanton FFA sold for $20,000 each.
While the seven Grand Champions brought in $60,250 and seven Reserve brought in $55,175, the remaining 285 in the sale brought in over $800,000 total.
The 2019 Grand Champion steer, Class 2 Charlolais, was shown by Hayden Jenschke, Poteet 4H and sold for $20,000. Grand Champion Hog, Class 1 Hamp went to Reid Powell, Jourdanton FFA, and sold for $11,500. Grand Champion Lamb, Lt. Med. Wool, went to Zane Burnside, Jourdanton FFA, and sold for $7,000. Grand Champion Goat, Class 2 Market Goats, went to Justin Villareal and sold for $6,750. Grand Champion Turkey, Turkey Hen, went to Madison Lutz, Jourdanton FFA and sold for $6,000. Grand Champion Broilers, Broilers, Kasen Boyd, Lytle 4H, $6,000. Grand Champion Rabbits, Meat Pen – Rabbits, went to Zane Rodriguez, Leming/ Verdi 4H for $3,000. Total sales for Grand Champions were $60,250.
Reserve Grand Champion Steer, Class 2 Exotic, went to Hunter Norment, Pleasanton FFA for a record $20,000. Reserve Grand Champion Hog, Class 1 Duroc, went to Jaxson Powell, Leming/ Verdi 4H for $11,250. Reserve Grand Champion Lamb, Med. Medium Wool, went to Beidler Weiss, Jourdanton FFA and sold for $5,500 Reserve Grand Champion Goat, Class 4 Market Goats went to Larissa Villarreal, Mesquite 4H for $4,000. Reserve Grand Champion Turkey, Turkey Tom, went to Tristan Sanchez, Poteet FFA for $5,250. Reserve Grand Champion Broilers, Broilers, went to Skylar Mitchell, Pleasanton FFA for $5,000. Reserve Grand Champion Rabbits, Meat Pen – Rabbits, went to Abigail Miller, Lytle 4H for $4,175. Total sales for Reserve Grand Champion were $55,175.
The 78th McMullen Livestock Show hosted by the Tilden Livestock Scholarship Association beat 2018 sales numbers with a total of $277,880. The 2018 numbers totaled $251,650. This outstanding two-day event showcased the hard work and commitment of the youth of McMullen County who dedicated countless hours to their livestock projects. Exhibitors showed animals in the categories of market steers, commercial heifers, goats, lambs, swine, broilers and rabbits. Each category was judged by qualified professionals appointed by the Tilden Livestock Scholarship Association (TLSA).
The McMullen County Livestock Show Grand Champion Steer went to Brannan Woelfel with his heavyweight steer selling for $12,000. Allison Rowe’s Grand Champion Goat sold for $7,000. Charity Harris’ Grand Champion Lamb sold for $7,000. Kelsey Gonzales sold her Grand Champion Broiler for $4,000. Amanda Selby sold her Grand Champion Rabbits for $3,000. For the second year in a row, Colton McCartney won Reserve Grand Steer which sold for $7,500. Carsyn Woodin’s Reserve Champion Hog sold for $5,500. Jayden Jones’ Reserve Champion Goat sold for $5,000. Taber Garcia’s Reserve Champion Lamb sold for $4,750. Madison Sherrer’s Reserve Champion Broiler sold for $4,000. Ariana Coolidge’s Reserve Champion Rabbits sold for $3,000.
The purpose of the TLSA is 100 percent charitable. Since 1990, the TLSA has awarded over 160 scholarships totaling $322,000 to graduates of McMullen County High School.