After months of hard work, 515 local 4-H and FFA youth will see how well their livestock and mechanic projects measure up at the 61st annual Atascosa Livestock Show.
Last year, Hunter Norment sold his Grand Champion Steer for $16,500. The Heavy Exotic was purchased by Wiley Lease, Co. LTD, Glazer Distributing, Dewey Bellows Operations, QC, Mac Haik Southway Ford, B&B Feeds, Water Well Services, H-E-B, Simmons Logistics, South Texas Regional Medical Center, Longhorn, Inc. and MG Building Materials.
Over 1,250 livestock entries and about 100 agriculture mechanic projects are expected to be sifted and/ or judged over the next few days.
Events were already underway on Tuesday with rabbits and goats being judged by Bill Fulkes and Brad Roeder, respectively. Showmanship judges are Amy Balzen for rabbits and Mike Wallace for goats. Rosemary Bonner and Robert Goslin are superintendents for the rabbits.
Judging will continue Wednesday and run through Friday, January 16. The Parade of Champions, are scheduled for Saturday, January 17 for those exhibits making the final cut. And of course, the big auction will begin at 1 p.m.
On Wednesday, the Poultry and Showmanship judging begins at 10:30 a.m. with Dustin Morgenroth making the call for winners. Gene Martinez, Mollie Stevens and Millie Jo Stevens will serve as Superintendents. Judging of the Market Lambs will begin after classifying (2 p.m.) Jim Misseldine will serve as judge. Justin Dunlap will judge lambs for showmanship. Superintendents for the lambs and goats will be Bobby McConathy and Ernest Davlla.
At 3 p.m., Judge Pat Real will begin to examine the craftsmanship of the Ag Mechanics exhibits. Ryan Novak will serve as superintendent.
Thursday morning kicks off at 8 a.m. and Judge Seth Swenson has the duty of ranking swine on Thursday morning. Market will be followed by the Breeding Swine competition. Swine showmanship will be judged by Marco Barrientes. Superintendents will be Scott Heffernan and Bobby Tymrak.
Those with Beef projects will be busy throughout the day with preliminary check-ins, sifting and classifications. Rodger Welch will act as Steer Classifier and Beef Showmanship judge. Serving as superintendents are Steve Richter and Randy Beard.
At 8 a.m. Friday, January 16, Dr. Chris Skaggs will begin judging the Beef Cattle competitors (market then breeding). Ag Mechanics projects must be removed from the Showbarn by noon. At 2 p.m., or immediately following the Beef Show, there will be a Judging Contest.
At 3 p.m. Friday, all exhibitors participating in the auction on Saturday will help set up for the auction.
Parade of Champions & Auction
Just about everyone’s favorite events – the Parade of Champions gets underway Saturday, January 17 at 11 a.m. At the same time, the hospitality area for auction buyers will be open. The auction sale begins at 1 p.m. with the popular Joey Tomlinson returning to take the helm as auctioneer.
This year’s Atascosa Livestock Show Officers are: Joe Taylor, President; Jeff Kennedy, Vice President; Paige Jenschke, Recording Secretary; Kevin Sparks, Executive Secretary/Treasurer and Richard Klaus, Facility Manager. The Directors are: Randy Ramey, Black Hill; Darryl Ashley, Campbellton; Trace Blair, Allan Rankin and Randy Gates, Charlotte; Mark Lutz, Christine; Alfred Krueger, Fashing; Mike Harrison, Peter Hons, Buster Matocha and Chester Gonzales, Jourdanton; Mark Bauer, Leming/Verdi; Ernest Davila, Darren Trimmer, Hayward Deckard and Joey Van Hecke, Lytle; Richard Klaus, Steve Richter, Scott Heffernan and Kim Lutz, Pleasanton; Jason Akers, Joe Taylor, Roger Caraway and Clint Rodriguez, Poteet; Sean Williams, Durwin Saunders, Doug Black and Shane Adams, Somerset.
The Atascosa County Extension Agent is Dale Rankin and the area Agriculture Science teachers/ sponsors are: Charlotte – Jason Fleming; Jourdanton- Ric Hunter, John Lanier and Peggy Georg; Lytle- Bobby McConathy, Randy Beard and Jill Thompson; Pleasanton – Amanda Hargrove, Paige Jenschke and Kevin Sparks; Poteet – Matt Sewell and Jackie Martin; Somerset – Justin Taylor and Nicole Roberts.
The overall show superintendents are Randy Ramey and Alfred Krueger. Linda Ramey and Susan Krueger will be the show secretaries with Kim Lutz serving as livestock manager. Announcing the event will be Robert “Doc” Williams and Larry Ferguson.
2015 Pledge Buyers
So far there are three buyers who have pledged to spend over $5,000. H-E-B is a Gold Sponsor pledging to spend between $15,000-$19,000; Bronze buyers are Douglas Daniel and Brandon Hudson PPLC and Walmart. They have pledged to spend $5,000- $9,999.
Last year, generous bidders and buyers helped to break all records of past sales with a whopping $747,000 being spent, up almost $70,000 from 2013’s show.
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