Farm and Ranch

MCLS Guidelines

The 2021 McMullen County Livestock Show will be in full swing starting Wednesday, Jan. 20. This year will be different from years past. Little Britches was canceled and there are new guidelines for the livestock show. Please see the new guidelines below. General: • Little Britches is canceled for this year. • There will NOT be a mandatory clean-up prior […]


Seven-year-old Katelynn Escobar Muñoz from Jourdanton Elementary got her first deer on Saturday, Jan. 9. Katelynn is new to hunting; she enjoys spending time at the ranch with her grandparents, Lee and Bessie Escobar who are also from Jourdanton. Until now, Katelynn had shot at a Gatorade bottle for practice a few times and watched them hunt all season until […]


Erica Cumpian, from Pleasanton, took an 8-point buck from the Treviño Olivarri Ranch with her dad’s 25-06. She took her sister, Hillary, hunting on Jan. 8 in the morning. Hillary wanted to leave around 7:30 a.m. and Erica insisted on waiting 10 more minutes. He came out within those 10 minutes and walked right up to the feeder. He was […]

A Cowful

On the Edge of Common Sense

Grandpa Tommy’s dad used to say “A cowful is a substantial quantity.” According to my research, the rumen on a mature cow can hold up to 300 pounds. And by anybody’s standards that is quite a bit. Say you had a cowful of pocket change. You’d almost need a cow to keep it in. Say you had a cowful of […]

Gardening Q&A

Plant Q & A

Q. Based on your column a few weeks ago I checked, and we do have scale on our peach tree. What happens if we do not spray it? We do not have a spray rig and I do not like the idea of spraying plants with pesticides. A. The scale insects are sucking the juices from the tree’s cells with […]

New guidelines for attending ACLS

Due to COVID-19, the ACLS Board of Directors has approved an alternative schedule that allows for more social distancing and operating procedures for the 2021 Atascosa County Livestock show held Jan. 11-16. “Although we can agree that this is not an ideal situation, it has been and will continue to be our intention to host our show while working to […]

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 […]


Presley Greer is 5-years-old and attends Pleasanton Primary, took a 6-point buck on Jan. 2 with a Ruger American Ranch 300 Blackout at 107 yards. Parents are Jerrid Greer and Megan Collins of Pleasanton.


Brock Ayala, a 4th grader at Jourdanton Elementary, took three deer at Ayala Ranches in Cotulla during Christmas break. Brock harvested two 8-pointers and a management spike (left) and is pictured with his sister, Brooke Ayala. Brock is the son of Ralph and Patricia Ayala of Jourdanton and the grandson of Nathan and Mary Smith of Jourdanton and Raul and […]


Unfortunately, starting a new year doesn’t really mean much of anything as we just experienced with 2020. People had a lot of positive things to say about 2020 vision, etc. However, there were a lot of people who struggled. Some experienced the loss of a loved one, as happens every year. Some the loss of a job, which happens every […]

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