Cuero Livestock Show gets boost from Eagle Ford buyers

Sonny Long

March 12, 2011 at midnight
Updated March 11, 2011 at 9:12 p.m.

The booming oil and natural gas industry along the Eagle Ford shale formation also injected revenue into the annual Cuero Livestock Show.

The sale of market animals brought in $336,765, compared to $298,635 from last year's show.

Add in the commercial heifer sale, $65,500, and the show's sales total topped $400,000 for the first time in its 62 year history.

"The Eagle Ford and the oil industry related to it definitely had an affect," said Anthony Netardus, DeWitt County Extension agent.

Of the 12 grand and reserve market animals, seven were purchased either all or in part by oil and gas related companies.

A total of $415,940, including add-ons, was spent on 132 animal projects, six champion baked food projects and 34 commercial heifers, said Netardus.

John Thomas Kelley continued a family tradition with the grand champion steer. The 1,275-pounder sold for $10,000 to Petrohawk Energy and Geosouthern Energy.

Big sister Emily June Kelley had the reserve champion market steer. At 1,385 pounds, it sold for $9,000 to Orca Assets.

Orca Assets also stepped up and bought the grand champion hog of Brittny Bernier for $5,000.

Raylynn Hendrick showed the reserve champion swine, also selling it for $5,000 to Top Bidders.

Aimsley Blank, a third-grader at St. Michael's School in her first livestock show, exhibited both the grand and reserve champion lambs.

The grand champion sold for $5,000 to Hilcorp Energy Company and Shoestring Syndicate. The reserve champion sold for $3,000 to Petrohawk Energy and Geosouthern Energy.

Paige Wanjura had the grand champion goat, which sold for $6,500 to Allan's Wrecker Service.

The reserve champion goat shown by John Otto sold for $3,500 to Travis Basham.

Ashley Ann Lempa showed the grand champion pen of broilers. The chickens sold for $3,500 to Tejas Production Services.

Reserve champion broilers were exhibited by Kerilyn Wendel and sold for $3,400 to USA Business Leaders.

Lara Thamm's market rabbits took grand champion honors and sold for $2,000 to Trust Texas Bank. The reserve champion rabbits, shown by Isabelle Netardus, sold for $2,000 to Rat Hole Drilling.

Joe Adams was the auctioneer for the market sale.



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