Orange County Livestock Sale Bidders Reward Sellers
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.