TILDEN – The McMullen County Livestock Show auction Saturday brought in $275,600, a huge increase over the $192,150 in purchases at last year’s auction.
Before the auction, McMullen County Fair Association President Sheila Kuenstler said she was optimistic that the sale would be successful because of the Eagle Ford Shale boom.
She was right.
The grand champion steer, raised by Ashley Lewis, sold for $10,000, $1,500 more than last year’s grand champion steer.
It was bought by Slate Construction and Quintanilla Management Co.
The money the 96 animals sold for goes back to the kids who raised the animals.
“Hopefully, they’re putting this money back to pay for their (college) education,” said Dale Patterson, who coordinated the auction.
He said the judges, who often judge larger shows, praised the McMullen County kids.
“The judges commented several times about the good quality of the animals and the quality of the students showing the animals.”
The grand champion swine, raised by Tyler Gunter, sold for $8,500 and was bought by the Schoolhouse Syndicate, the San Miguel Syndicate, the Atascosa Syndicate, Chesapeake Energy and Atascosa National Bank.
Joaquin Cavazos raised the grand champion lamb, which was bought by John Barnes Contracting for $8,000.
Charlsie Harris’ grand champion goat was bought for Esse-Woelfel Ranches for $7,000.
The grand champion rabbits were raised by Heather Haines and sold for $6,500 to Wheeler Mercantile.
Donnie Soward raised the grand champion poultry, which were bought by Rancho Saylee for $7,000.
Patterson, who is the former ag teacher at McMullen County Schools and is now the operations director, said raising animals for the show instills important values in the children.
“It helps teach them responsibility,” he said.
The reserve champion steer, raised by Michele McCartney, was sold for $7,500 to the Schoolhouse, San Miguel, Atascosa syndicates with Chesapeake Energy and Atascosa National Bank.
Bottom Line Services, the Schoolhouse Syndicate and Chesapeake Energy bought the reserve champion swine for $5,750.
Sarita Cavazos raised the reserve champion lamb, which sold to the Donnell Family for $5,500.
The reserve champion goat was raised by Hillary Gillin and was bought for $6,500 by Macy’s Rentals, Strike Construction, Talisman Energy USA, Quintanilla Management and Q-Haul.
First State Bank of Three Rivers bought the reserve champion rabbits, which were raised by Mariah Mesa, for $5,000.
The reserve champion poultry, raised by Nolan Barnes, were bought for $6,500 by Premier Eagle Ford Energy Services, S&S and Chapa Gate Guard Service.