Calhoun auction less money than last year, but participation stays high
By by Dianna Wray - DWRAY@VICAD.COM
Oct. 27, 2012 at 5:27 a.m.
The Calhoun County Livestock Youth Auction went off without a hitch this year.
Competitors raked in more than $200,000 during the auction. While the take was still smaller than in recent years, Chris Wall, auction co-chairman, said organizers were still pleased with how the show went.
"We're up in our numbers and our participation is still very strong. We still have a great turnout from a core group of buyers," he said.
There were 132 entries this year, Wall said, including two heifers, eight steers, seven breeding sheep, 15 market sheep, 18 market goats, 23 hogs, five turkeys, 11 pens of broilers, 21 pens of roasters and 35 pens of rabbits.
The auction brought in $213,350 and increased to $272,980 with add-ons.
Wall said it's unclear why the sales were lower this year.
"It's hard to say. We did the same things we've done every year, but it went down," Wall said.
The auction is important because it marks the moment of achievement for the student competitors after months of work, he noted.
"They work hard all year and then it's the auction, the fruits of their labor. A lot of these kids are raising money for college or to purchase animals for next year, so they can keep competing," he said.
Alamo Beach Ltd. bought Brantley Bordovsky's grand champion steer for $9,000.
Kyle Malaer's reserve champion steer sold to TW LaQuay Marine for $8,000.
Ethan Wooldridge sold his grand champion lamb for $2,500.
IBC/Quality Control bought Colton Blinka's reserve champion lamb for $3,250.
Kaily Critendon sold her grand champion goat for $2,500 to Critendon Drilling Service.
Melstan Feed bought Kristi Rothmann's reserve champion lamb for $1,750.
Matagorda Bay Pilots bought Cierra Harper's grand champion hog for $4,500.
Bryant Bordovsky sold his reserve champion hog to H-E-B for $2,500.
Gage Darilek sold his grand champion turkey to Orion Marine Group for $2,000.
Klean Corp International bought Robyn Stringo's reserve champion turkey for $2,200.
Bryce O'Donnell sold his grand champion broiler to Klean Corp International for $3,000.
Emme O'Donnell's reserve champion broiler went to Klean Corp International for $2,750.
Elizabeth Carey sold her grand champion roaster to RLB Contracting for $2,200.
IBC/Quality Control and Alcoa bought Dairien Pope's reserve champion roaster for $2,200.
Easton Dudley-Power sold his grand champion rabbit to First National Bank for $2,100.
Saydi St. Clair sold her reserve champion rabbit to Farm Bureau Insurance and Rob Barjenbruch for $1,500.