Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Let's break some more livestock auction records

  • 2014 Livestock Show schedule

  • January

    • Nordheim - Saturday

    • Hallettsville - Saturday-Tuesday

    February

    • Yorktown - Feb. 14-15

    • Hope - Feb. 15

    • Victoria County - Feb. 24-March 4

    March

    • Cuero - March 5-7

    • Shiner - March 8

    • Goliad County Fair ...

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  • 2014 Livestock Show schedule

    January

    • Nordheim - Saturday

    • Hallettsville - Saturday-Tuesday

    February

    • Yorktown - Feb. 14-15

    • Hope - Feb. 15

    • Victoria County - Feb. 24-March 4

    March

    • Cuero - March 5-7

    • Shiner - March 8

    • Goliad County Fair and PRCA Rodeo - March 13-16

    • Refugio County Fair and Rodeo - March 19-22

Livestock show season is back, and we're looking forward to another set of great events.

Every year, students gather to showcase their hard work raising chickens, turkeys, pigs, lambs, steers and more. Their hard work is examined by judges who award the grand champion and reserve champion prizes and sent to the auction, in which community members give thousands of dollars to support agriculture education.

Last year was another record-breaking year for many of the region's livestock shows. The Victoria County show auction brought in $104,500 for the 18 grand and reserve champion animals.

We hope that success and generosity will extend to this year's events. The Crossroads is a heavily agricultural area that is home to many ranches, farms and other agricultural facilities. These events encourage the next generation to learn about and become invested in the industry that helped shape Texas and our communities into what they are today. Students learn responsibility as they care for their animals, and they learn the importance of hard work and the rewards that follow.

This weekend, the Nordheim and Hallettsville livestock shows will begin Saturday, and the Yoakum and Moulton shows have already passed. We encourage community members in each of these areas to go out and support agriculture education in Crossroads communities. Let's make this another record-breaking year to show our support for agriculture and our students.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.