Sponsors put stock in buyers

January 4, 2014


It may not strut the size of the one at Jerry’s World, but officials plan to have a big-screen TV above the auctioneer’s stand during next Saturday’s auction at the 59th Hood County Junior Livestock Show and Sale.

It’s to help buyers follow the order of the sale.

“Buyers suggested it last year,” said David Massey, president of the Hood County Livestock Raisers Association, sponsor of the event. “The buyers took care of us. We want to try to take care of them.”

Massey was referring to record sales last year, including six grand champion records.

Macey Burch’s grand champion steer drew a record $30,000, shattering the previous year’s bid of $13,000.

The sale overall generated about $100,000 more than the year before.

Massey and others are counting on the buyers again. The success of the show depends on their interest.

“I just hope they step up again,” Massey said. “We’ll have to wait and see. We have no control over that.”

The livestock association, however, flooded the market with letters. Over 300 were mailed to buyers, Massey noted. The letters encouraged the buyers to participate in the sale and tempted the taste buds with a free steak meal before the 1 p.m. auction.

“No matter the weather, we have a nice place for exhibitors and spectators alike in the Courts Cleveland Show Barn,” the letter says. “Thank you in advance for your support of this year’s show and sale. Without your support, this event could not take place.”

4-H and FFA members from all over the county will be showing a variety of animals and other projects. Pens at the Granbury Reunion Grounds – site of the annual event – will be teeming with cattle, hogs, lambs, goats, chickens and rabbits. Animal entries are up about 10 this year.

The Courts Cleveland Show Barn will boast better lighting this year, Massey pointed out.

The family living part of the show features youngsters and their handmade projects and homemade goodies.

The event gets under way Wednesday morning with chickens, followed by rabbits in the afternoon. Lambs, ag mechanics and hogs are on Thursday’s card. Friday’s lineup includes goats, cattle and family living.

All of the shows are free to the public.

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