The 2011

edition of the Orange County Livestock Show Association was an unqualified

success. Of the 65 entries in the show, 54 made the minimum or better weight

limit to be placed in the auction.

With the

drought conditions and the above average heat, it was harder and more expensive

than usual to raise a sale quality animal. It was an especially bad year for

those who raise rabbits. The heat affects them in more than one way. They do

not want to eat very much or often, which affects their weight. Another way

that rabbits are affected is that they do not have the inclination to get

together as often and male and female rabbits normally do. The heat also

affects the ability of the male rabbit to produce offspring.

Goats like

fresh feed and the heat affects the feed in that it makes it go stale quicker

and also if any moisture gets in the feed, it will sour. Some of the goat

breeders were feeding as much as a 25 pound sack of feed each day. It does not

take much of that to get in the pocketbook in a negative way.

Tommy Byers,

a 17 year old, 11th grade student in the Vidor FFA program was the owner

of the Grand Champion Roaster. A roaster is a large chicken that is judged on

the size of the breast. Byers’ roaster sold for $400 to Community Bank. Byers

also placed fourth in the swine category.

This year

was a special year for Byers. He won the buckle for the Grand Champion Roaster,

as well as the Showmanship buckle.

Byers fourth place swine earned him another

$600 at the auction.

“My other

project is raising a steer for the sale at the Beaumont State Fair,” said



Miller, a sixth grade student at St. Mary School in Orange is a member of the

Dusty Trails 4H Club in Mauriceville. The 12 year old young lady was the owner

of the Grand Champion Swine. The part Hampshire swine was the high dollar sale,

bringing in $2000, purchased by Peter Cloeren. This was Miller’s fifth year to

show an animal.


Logsdon from the Mighty Pirate 4H Club of Vidor was the exhibitor of the Grand Prize

Goat. Logsdon is a third year veteran of the show ring. He is a 12 year old

seventh grade student at Mauriceville. He has shown goats for two years and

this year his champion goat brought in $550 in the auction with other bidders

adding a total of $250 in added money.


Willey Grand Champion Buckle for his champion rabbit. The rabbit sold

for $450 with $150 added to the total.

Auctioneer Kenny

Rodriguez worked the bidders, urging them to keep waving their numbers and

doing his best to get good prices on all the animals. The bidders were more

than willing to open their pocketbooks and reward the hard work and dedication

of the students. Especially rewarding was the amount of added money that would

be offered after the animals sold. The 4H clubs saw to it with added money that

each of their members was rewarded.

“This is our

19th year to hold the sale and it gets bigger each year. This year

we had the 54 lots in the sale and awarded 13 championship buckles. Some of the

kids start as young as eight years of age with 4H and go until they are out of

high school. We had to change the time

of our show when Beaumont decided to go to a spring fair. We had been in the

spring and having to flip flop means that our kids have to work harder. They

have to raise the animal through the summer months when they are out of school

and wanting to go on vacation or have a lot of other activities planned. It is

also a hotter time of year for both them and their animal. We are proud of

every one of these kids. They have really worked hard to do a good job,” said

Stephanie Leggett, Treasurer of the OCLSA. “We invited 200 bidders and the

Orange County Go Texan BBQ Team will feed them a great dinner. We hope they

will be generous with at the sale.” Leggett was later pleased with the number

of bidders and the bids placed.

The long

range goal of the OCLSA is to continue to grow each year and to expand into a

first class county fair. They are offering vendors of crafts and food the

opportunity to have a booth.

This year

the National Resource Conversation Service had an informative display on soil

erosion. The Animal Science Department of Stephen F. Austin State University

brought agricultural related materials and the Texas Parks and Wildlife

Department also had displays.

The sale is

a great opportunity to meet some of the nicest young people in the area. They

are a group of dedicated, hard working students who love agriculture and

raising animals. To have an animal placed in the sale takes several hundred

hours of work that has to be done every day in all weather conditions. By the

time they have the animal show-ready the work they have done is evident in the

animal. The conformation and weight, coloration, and attitude that they have

developed in the animal is a true effort of love by these young people for what

do. All they ask in return is the opportunity to sell that animal for enough

money to buy another and start the process all over again and make it back to

the show ring the next year.