New guidelines for auction buyers

The Atascosa County Livestock Show begins Monday, Jan. 11 at the Atascosa County Show Barn and ends with the sale on Saturday, Jan. 16.

The ACLS board states that they are excited about this year’s event thanking buyers for their historical support of the show which directly impacts positively the youth of Atascosa.

“Words cannot adequately express our appreciation to all the buyers that reward these young people and help instill in them the confidence that hard work leads to success,” stated the ACLS board.

Letters have been sent to past buyers with the new set of operating guidelines for 2021 due to COVID-19 regulations. The pandemic mandated changes to the normal auction procedure.

On Saturday, Jan. 16, buyer registration will begin at 8 a.m. Buyers must pledge to contribute a minimum of $500 to be granted entry and only two individuals will be granted access per registered buyer. A maximum of three people will be admitted with each currently existing school and 4-H booster club organization. Exhibitors’ consortium sheets will be organized by lot number and will be affixed to tables lining the perimeter of the buyer reception area. They will remain affixed to the tables until they are removed and taken to the auction assistant’s table for tabulation approximately 20 lot numbers prior to the exhibitor’s lot number. Bids from the floor during the sale must be equal to or exceed $100.

ACLS will provide the ability for remote buyers to contribute online. The minimum online contribution is $25 and online contributors will be invoiced following the auction. Online contributions will not be included in the final sale amount announced by the auctioneer, nor will the online contributor’s name be announced. The online contribution deadline will be Sunday, Jan. 17 at 5 p.m. There will also be an add-on table with no minimum contribution available during the live auction.

The ACLS says they regret that we will be unable to provide an open bar or food buffet. However, they will provide prepackaged food and drinks.

The sale will commence at 10 a.m. with the Grand Champion animals selling first. The guidelines that govern the auction are available at Please understand that regardless of how many entities or individual buyers you represent and guarantee payment, no more than two individuals (including the guarantor) will be permitted to enter the buyer reception area and sale ring. If you have any questions regarding the forms, please contact Trace Blair at

As a convenience, you may pay for your contributions at the Livestock Office inside the showbarn at any time on Saturday during or immediately after the auction. ACLS will invoice you for any remaining balance, requesting full payment in February.

“The ACLS looks forward to seeing you at the sale, and on behalf of the youth of our county, and all of us that care about their future, thank you for your continued support and understanding as we do our best to provide a safe atmosphere for all involved,” stated the ACLS board members.

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