Stock show season winds down for local exhibitors
After starting in January, stock show season for Gillespie County 4-Hers and Fredericksburg and Harper FFA members is winding down.
The Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo in Austin began on March 1 and concludes on Friday while the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo started March 4, and continues through March 22.
Stock show season began in January with the Gillespie County 4-H and FFA Livestock Show and Auction. Since then, local exhibitors have competed in the Hill Country District Junior Livestock Show in Kerrville, the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show in Fort Worth, the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo and the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo.
Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo in Austin
Competition for local exhibitors at the Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo in Austin concludes this week.
In Austin, 53 Gillespie County 4-Hers have been showing 12 market steers, 14 market goats, eight market lambs, 17 market barrows, eight turkeys and four broilers.
Also exhibiting in Austin are 24 Fredericksburg FFA members with 24 entries, including four steers, one goat, 10 lambs, seven barrows and two heifers.
Nine Harper FFA members are showing 12 entries, including two swine, one steer, five lambs and four goats.
So far in Austin, the market goats, market lambs, barrows, turkeys, broilers and heifers have been judged.
The steer show began on Tuesday and continues today (March 12).
The auctions will be held on Friday, March 14, starting with the poultry at 9:15 a.m., followed by the goats at 10 a.m., the steers at noon, lambs at 1:15 p.m. and the barrows at 2:30 p.m.
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
Judging began at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo on Saturday, March 8.
A total of 60 Gillespie County 4-Hers are scheduled to show 13 steers, two heifers, 13 goats, 14 lambs, 12 barrows, 12 breeding gilts, 13 turkeys, two boilers and one breeding sheep in Houston.
Twenty-six Fredericksburg FFA members will be showing 32 entries in Houston, including five steers, two goats, eight lambs, four turkeys, seven barrows and six gilts.
Eleven Harper FFA members will be showing 14 entries in Houston, including three swine, one steer, six lambs and four goats.
Over the first weekend, the breeding gilts and breeding sheep were judged.
The breeding heifers are scheduled to be judged Friday through Sunday, March 14-16.
Judging in the junior market shows gets underway at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 13, with the lamb show.
The Fine Wool, Fine Wool Cross and Southdowns will be judged on Thursday followed by the Medium Wool starting at 8 a.m. on Friday.
Divisions I and II of the meat goats will be judged, starting at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow, Thursday, followed by Division III and IV on Friday at 8 a.m.
The auction of prize-winning lambs and goats is set for noon on Saturday, March 15.
Turkeys and broilers will be judged on Thursday starting at 10:30 a.m.
The poultry auction will be held at noon on Friday.
Barrows are scheduled to be judged over four days in Houston, starting on Sunday, March 16, at 8 a.m. with the Duroc Hampshire and Poland China followed by the Berkshire, Spotted and Dark Crosses on Monday, March 17.
The Yorkshire, Chester White, OPB White and light weight Other Crosses will be judged, starting at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, March 19, followed by the Other Crossbreds at 8 a.m. on Thursday, March 20.
The barrow auction will be held Friday, March 21, at noon.
Steer judging gets underway at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, March 19, with the Maine-Anjou, Simmental, Simbrah, Brangus, Brahman, Santa Gertrudis and ABC.
The steer show continues on Thursday, March 20, at 8 a.m. with the AOB, Angus, Red Angus, Hereford, Polled Hereford and Shorthorn, followed by the Chianina, Charolais and Limousin on Friday, March 21, at 8 a.m.
Rounding out the schedule is the steer auction starting at noon on Saturday, March 22.