26th Annual All Breed Bull and Female Sale

The 26th Annual All Breeds Bull and Female Sale, to be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, at the Cuero Livestock Commission, has drawn approximately 20 bulls and 300 females.

The sale is sponsored by the DeWitt County Purebred Breeders Association and the DeWitt County Beef and Forage Committee.

Breeds of bulls to be offered include Angus, Charolais, Brangus, Simmental and Polled Hereford.

The female sale will feature bred, pairs, and open heifers of F-1 Braford (many Tiger Stripes), Brangus, Beefmaster Type, Black Baldy, Brangus Baldy, Brahman, Simbrah Type and other crossbreeds. Many of these heifers are 4-H or FFA Commercial Heifer prospects.

Bulls will sell first, followed immediately by the females. The bulls will be between 15 and 25 months of age. All bulls will be Brucellosis tested and have a complete Breeding Soundness Examination conducted by a licensed veterinarian, within 30 days prior to the sale. Bulls will also meet all Trichomoniasis requirements as prescribed by the Texas Animal Health Commission.

Females will be between eight months and 26 months of age. All females will be Brucellosis tested and palpated within 30 days prior to the sale. Health papers on all cattle will be given to the buyers. For more information, call Anthony Netardus, DeWitt County Extension Agent, 361-275-0816.

17th Annual South Texas Wild Hog Hunting Contest

Texas AgriLife Extension Service of DeWitt County is sponsoring the 17th Annual South Texas Wild Hog Hunting Contest on Feb. 4-6.

Divisions and entry fees are as follows: 1) Teams Hunting with Dogs - $120; 2) Individual Hunting with a Gun and Without Dogs - $40; 3) Individual Hunting with a Bow and Without Dogs - $40; and 4) Individual Trapping Hogs - $30.

Cash prizes will be paid out to the top 10 places in the dog divisions and the top three places in the gun, bow and trapping divisions. Places 11th through 20th in the dog division will receive prizes donated from local businesses. Contestants in the trapping division will be able to sell their live hogs at weigh-in.

There are also cash jackpots in each of the divisions. All contestants will automatically be entered in these jackpots. The jackpots include: 1) Winner-takes-all for heaviest dressed hog (dog teams, gun hunters and bow hunters); 2) Winner-takes-all for heaviest live hog (trappers only); and 3) Winner-takes-all for total head count (dog teams, gun hunters and bow hunters).

Pre-registration is being accepted this year. Pre-registration must be received in the DeWitt County Extension Office by Feb. 2. Pre-registrants must provide a valid e-mail address, so that additional rules can be e-mailed. All teams and individuals not pre-registered must have a representative present at registration on Feb. 4, from 5-6 p.m. at the Friar Agriculture Center, in Cuero.

The contest is open to wild (feral) hogs hunted or trapped in any county in Texas and only during the period from 6 p.m. on Feb. 4, through noon on Feb. 6. Hogs cannot have been previously trapped, kept or held for the contest.

Contest weigh-in times will be on Saturday, noon to 2 p.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m. to noon. Hogs must be brought to the Friar Agriculture Center in Cuero no later than noon on Feb. 6, 2011 in order to be eligible for competition.

If you are interested in participating in this event and would like a copy of the flyer and rules, please call the DeWitt County Extension office, 361-275-0816.

Anthony Netardus is a DeWitt County Extension Agent - Agriculture. Billy Kniffen, water resource specialist for the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, also contributed to this article.