Compared to the last few oil-rich years, the overall numbers for the 2016 McMullen County Livestock Show were down from 2015’s $382,800. This year’s total reached $225,050 for the annual auction. But, if you compare this amount to the 2011 sales of $192,600, it would be an increase. (See chart on page 5A).
McMullen County Jr. Livestock Show/Tilden Livestock Scholarship Association president, Chris Turner was pleased with this year’s show. “Overall, the show was great and flowed very smoothly. The kids put in lots of work and it showed in the quality of projects,” said Turner. “We received lots of compliments on improvements to facilities and overall, it was a very good weekend,” he continued.
Turner further elaborated that he felt the prices from 2014 – when it reached over a half million dollars at $512,000 – had gotten out of hand – not that he was complaining.
This year’s Grand Champion steer was shown by Colton McCartney and brought in $12,000 from premium buyers School House Syndicate, San Miguel Syndicate, Atascosa Syndicate and Atascosa Livestock Exchange. 2015’s steer was sold for $15,000. Colton also won showmanship with his steer.
O’Brien Underwood showed his Grand Champion Swine which was bought for $10,000 by First State Bank-Three Rivers, Tyler Ranch Partners and Atascosa Syndicate.
Charlsie Harris won Grand Champion Lamb and sold her project for $8,500 to Brown Ranches.
Madison West’s Grand Champion Goat brought in $8,500. She had these buyers bidding on her project: Swaim Family, Marcy Wells and Whitwell Ranches. Madison also won showmanship.
The Grand Champion Poultry, shown by Cade Royal was sold for $6,000. it was bought by School House Syndicate, San Miguel Syndicate and Atascosa Syndicate.
Emily Measels won Grand Champion with her pen of rabbits. They sold for $5,000 to Swenson Ranches.
Reserve Grand Champions
Max’s Cafe bought Brannan Woelfel’s Reserve Grand Champion steer for $5,000.
Shelby Slavinski Reserve Grand Champion Swine sold for $4,000 to School House Syndicate, San Miguel Syndicate and Atascosa Syndicate.
Reserve Grand Champion Lamb went to Russell Goodrum and sold for $4,000. He also won showmanship and it was bought by Tyler Ranch Partners and Donnell Ranch.
Memphis Swaim won Reserve Grand Champion with her goat. Buying it were the Swaim Family, Roddy and Bobby Swaim, Marcy Wells and Whitwell Ranches for $8,000.
Reserve Grand Champion Rabbits were shown by Kaylie Measels. Swenson Ranches spent $2,000 for the pen.
Terryn Soward won Reserve Grand Champion with her poultry project. Buying it for $6,000 were Saylee SWD and Pursch Motors, Inc.
In addition to the buyers and bidders, Turner was also appreciative of the board’s hard work, too. They consist of Clint Walker, Vice President; Ruth Henry, Secretary/Treasurer; Carl Almendarez, Catie Blaha, Carlos Casas, Marnie Garcia, Laura Ridgeway, Jackie Seidel and Tiffany Serrata. Plus those who also volunteer to make the show a success: Isaac Cavazos, Mc- Mullen County’s Extension Agent and the Agricultural Science teachers: Jim Harris and Barry Randolph. Boyd Grimshaw served as auctioneer and Judge Jim Teal assisted Ruth Henry with the records.
A special section will be printed on February 3 with more results of this show and the Atascosa County Livestock Show with lots of photos.