McMullen Co. Livestock Show, a grand champion event



The 2021 McMullen County Grand Champion Steer went to Bailey Ruiz (holding banner and buckle) with her Class 3 market steer and sold for $14,000 at the auction Saturday morning. Pictured with Ruiz, from left, are buyers Carol Harris with Tyler Ranch Partners; Jason Jones with School House Syndicate; Walt Franklin with Atascosa Syndicate and Bob Siddons with Beefmasters Syndicate. Ruiz also won the Reserve Grand Champion Steer with her Class 2 market steer. MARY PATE | COURTESY PHOTO

The 2021 McMullen County Grand Champion Steer went to Bailey Ruiz (holding banner and buckle) with her Class 3 market steer and sold for $14,000 at the auction Saturday morning. Pictured with Ruiz, from left, are buyers Carol Harris with Tyler Ranch Partners; Jason Jones with School House Syndicate; Walt Franklin with Atascosa Syndicate and Bob Siddons with Beefmasters Syndicate. Ruiz also won the Reserve Grand Champion Steer with her Class 2 market steer. MARY PATE | COURTESY PHOTO

The 80th McMullen County Livestock Show held January 20-23 in Tilden was a grand champion of an event filled with wins.

The McMullen County Livestock Show showcases the hard work and commitment hundreds of McMullen County youth have dedicated to their livestock projects. These youth are the best of the best who will no doubt be future farmers, ranchers, agri-science/agri-business majors and community leaders. Youth exhibitors show animals in the categories of market steers, commercial heifers, goats, lambs, swine, broilers and rabbits. Each category is judged by a qualified professional appointed by the Tilden Livestock Scholarship Association Board of Directors.

The professionally managed premium sale held Saturday, Jan. 23, allowed 100% of show exhibitors to participate. The total for the sale without add-ons was $226,750. A final sales total will be included in next week’s issue.

According to recent tabulation, since 1990, the TLSA Board has awarded over $381,000 in scholarships to the youth of MCISD. The TLSA board of directors, MCISD Ag advisors, exhibitors, participants, parents and community give a huge thanks to all the buyers at this year’s shows. Those buyers included Atascosa Livestock Exchange, Atascosa Syndicate, Bar Fork Bar Ranch, Bob & Bonnie Siddons, Bub Epley, Clay Jett, Donnell Ranch, Jace Gill Memorial, Tim Jambers, James Wheeler Ranch, Judge Starr Bauer, Lone Star Lodge, Pursch Motors, RWC Material, San Miguel Syndicate, Saylee Salt Water Disposal, School House Syndicate, Swenson Ranches, Tim Chapman, Tyler Ranch Partners Warren Wheeler, Y-Bar Ranch and Zelhart Ranch.

Big shoutout to all of the Tilden Livestock Association Board of Directors for putting together an outstanding McMullen County Livestock Show. Pictured are members of the TLSA board, from left, McMullen ISD Ag teachers Kyle Pate and Jim Harris, Ward Smith, Clif Royal, Marty Soward, Extension Agent Chrissy Langsford, Tanner Crouch, Treasurer Shea Smith-Villarreal, Secretary Melissa Carver, Vice President Chris Turner and President Scott McClaugherty. Not pictured is Megan Gillette. MARY PATE | COURTESY PHOTO

Big shoutout to all of the Tilden Livestock Scholarship Association Board of Directors for putting together an outstanding McMullen County Livestock Show. Pictured are members of the TLSA board, from left, McMullen ISD Ag teachers Kyle Pate and Jim Harris, Ward Smith, Clif Royal, Marty Soward, Extension Agent Christy Lansford, Tanner Couch, Treasurer Shea Smith-Villarreal, Secretary Melissa Carver, Vice President Chris Turner and President Scott McClaugherty. Not pictured is Megan Gillette. MARY PATE | COURTESY PHOTO

Please look in this issue’s Farm & Ranch section for photos and details on all the Grand Champions and Reserves from the show.

Look in next week’s Pleasanton Express for a keepsake wrap up of the county livestock shows. Visit the Pleasanton Express Facebook page for videos from the McMullen County Livestock Show and for hundreds of show photos.

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