Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Record sales reward students' hard work
Once again, the Victoria Livestock Show has come and gone. Students were able to show off their hard work and experience while others were able to attend and appreciate the agricultural roots our culture grew from.
This year, the livestock show auction had another record-breaking sale. The previous record of $569,800 was set in the 2012 auction. This year, the usual sale of 275 animals blasted past the previous record to earn $623,000. The 18 grand and reserve champion animals alone earned $104,500.
This is an exciting development for each of the students involved in the livestock show. Every cent of the money from the Victoria show's auction goes directly to the students, which is something many other livestock shows do not do. Students can use the money for anything from personal amusement to preparing for next year's competition or saving for college.
We are glad to see that this year's auction was so successful. It is exciting and encouraging to see Victoria businesses and residents come together to reward students for their hard work raising livestock and learning about the agricultural industry that made Texas and Victoria what it is today. We applaud these leaders for their generosity and willingness to invest in the next generation of leaders and workers.
Victoria's livestock show was not the only one with prosperous results this year. The Yoakum FFA and 4-H Livestock show brought in more than $200,000 for the third year in a row. The 2013 Nordheim FFA Stock Show auction collected $87,300, which is $6,000 more than last year. The Yorktown FFA Stock Show raised $124,346 - a more than $9,000 increase from last year. The Cuero and Hallettsville livestock shows both set new records. The Hallettsville show reached $288,000 in sales, and the Cuero show topped $400,000 for the first time.
We see these numbers not only as a sign of the generous support area residents offer students but also as positive signs of economic prosperity. As businesses and individuals prosper in the Crossroads, they are able to spend more money at livestock show auctions.
We are amazed at the continuing generosity of Crossroads residents and businesses. Every year, these students put in months of effort to raise animals which are then presented, judged and sold. By offering such generous bids for these hand-raised pieces of livestock, residents are in turn cultivating the future of our area and giving students an opportunity to learn not just responsibility with animals but good stewardship with money as well.
We applaud everyone who helped make these 2013 livestock shows successful, and we look forward to seeing the results of any upcoming shows.
This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.