Extension Agent: All breed bull, female sale ready for 27th year
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By Anthony Netardus
The 27th Annual All Breeds Bull and Female Sale has drawn in about 30 bulls and 350 females.
The sale starts 11 a.m., Jan. 28 at the Cuero Livestock Commission and 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 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 crossbreds.
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 8 and 40 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, at 361-275-0816.
18th Annual South Texas Wild Hog Hunting Contest
Texas AgriLife Extension Service in DeWitt County is sponsoring the 18th Annual South Texas Wild Hog Hunting Contest on Feb. 3-5.
This year's contest will be dedicated to the memory of James Koenig, of Cuero, who passed away in the December. James was one of the founding fathers of the contest.
Divisions and entry fees are as follows: team hunting with dogs, $160; individual hunting with a gun and without dogs, $70; individual hunting with a bow and without dogs, $70 and individual trapping hogs, $50.
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 11 through 20 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: winner-takes-all for heaviest dressed hog (dog teams, gun hunters and bow hunters); winner-takes-all for heaviest live hog (trappers only) and winner-takes-all for total head count (dog teams, gun hunters and bow hunters).
In addition to these jackpots, contestants have the option to throw in another $10 toward the longest tusk jackpot.
Pre-registration is being accepted this year. Pre-registration must be received in the DeWitt County Extension Office by Feb. 1.
Pre-registrants must provide a valid email address for any updates regarding the contest.
All teams and individuals not pre-registered must have a representative present at registration from 5 to 6 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Friar Ag 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. Feb. 3 through noon Feb. 5. Hogs cannot have been previously trapped, kept or held for the contest.
Contest weigh-in times will be from noon to 2 p.m. Feb. 4 and 8 a.m. to noon Feb. 5.
Hogs must be brought to the Friar Ag Center no later than noon Feb. 5 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, call the DeWitt County Extension Office at 361-275-0816.
Anthony Netardus is a DeWitt County Extension Agent - Agriculture.