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Extension Agent: Tri County Commercial Female Sale

By By Brian Yanta
April 17, 2012 at midnight
Updated April 16, 2012 at 11:17 p.m.

Brian Yanta

The Tri-County Commercial Female Sale was April 13, with an obvious seller's market and coalescing weather conditions to boot.

Two hundred-ninety head were consigned and sold from Bee, Goliad, Refugio and the surrounding counties for almost a half a million dollars.

This year, with our pre-existing drought conditions and lack of cattle in our local region, as a result of liquidation and destocking situations, the committee also sought cattle from outside the area to offer our ranchers quality cattle.

Thanks to all the ranches in the area that consigned high quality cattle to the Sixth Annual Tri-County Commercial Female Sale and to the buyers, who bid on the cattle.

Also thanks to David Richards, auctioneer, and special thanks to the volume buyers: Boeing Brothers, Woodsboro; Brooks Ranch, Corpus Christi; Ray Brown, Mathis; Frank Helvely, Pearsall; Lloyd Mingers, Mathis; and Whitwll Ranches, Cotulla. Averages: Pairs $1,648.04 on 83 head; breds $1,311.87 on 67 head; and open or exposed heifers $1,176.33 on 139 head.

The female sale is committed to the youth in the Tri-County area and again plans to make a $1,000 donation to each county 4-H program as it did last year, which totals almost $20,000.

Bob Gayle, who engineered the idea of the sale more than nine years ago, said, "I think it is a 'win-win' for everyone involved. Not only are producers profiting from the added dollars, but they can also feel assured that they are helping the youth when they consign."

Thanks to our sponsors: Ag Med Supply, Beeville Livestock Commission, Silveus Rangeland Insurance, and Lyssy and Eckel Feeds.

The committee men, who covered all the groundwork, should also be recognized. They are: Jim Bluntzer, Matt Bochat, Rodney Butler, Pat Calhoun, Michael Donalson, Leo Casas, Bob Gayle, Clay Neel and Brian Yanta.

For more information on how you can consign, please contact a County Extension Agent: Bee County, Matt Bochat 361-362-3280; Goliad County, Brian Yanta, 361-645-8204; and Michael Donalson, Refugio County 361-526-2825.

Brian Yanta is the Goliad County Extension agent.

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