Advocate Editorial Board opinion: Crossroads values its economic heritage

By the Advocate Editorial Board
Oct. 28, 2013 at 5:28 a.m.

Texas' history and culture is rooted in agriculture and raising livestock. For generations, residents of the Lone Star State have worked ranches and farms to provide a living for themselves and their families.

Although today's world of modern innovation and a service-oriented society means not as many people are involved in the agriculture industry, it is still an important part of both Texas' heritage and our state economy. In the past two weeks, we've seen two Crossroads counties break records at their livestock show auctions. The 2013 Jackson County Youth Fair auction Oct. 12 broke the record set in 2012 by $73,252. Businesses and community members came out and gave a total of $801,598 in the auction. The highest bid of $15,850 went to the grand champion steer raised by Kalli Ellis. She has raised the winning steer for the past three years. The second-highest bid of $12,500 went to Carson Darilek's reserve champion steer.

At the Calhoun County Junior Livestock Auction, bidders broke another record. This year's auction collected $343,232, which is $37,959 more than 2011's record total. The highest bid of $11,000 went to Mason Clark's reserve champion market steer, closely followed by $10,000 for Kyle Malaer's grand champion market steer.

These are only two of the Crossroads' many livestock shows. The rest will begin early next year with four in January, two beginning in February and three in March. We are glad to see the area's livestock shows are proving to be so successful and breaking records again. We hope that same success will extend to the upcoming shows at the beginning of 2014.

On top of the success at these two livestock shows, we are excited to see the return of the South Texas Farm and Ranch Show. This event brings in people from across the Crossroads and the state to take part and learn about the agriculture industry's growth and development, from new products to learning new techniques. Families brought their children, and multiple generations took advantage of the opportunity to learn about and explore elements of the rural agriculture lifestyle.

We applaud everyone who took part in these celebrations of Texas' agriculture industry and helped pass that passion on to the next generation. Thank you to each of the bidders at the livestock shows for supporting the students who are learning about this important piece of Texas' heritage. We look forward to seeing more support for agriculture and livestock in the upcoming livestock shows.

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



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