A new and astonishing premium sale record was set last Saturday night at the conclusion of the 2008 McCulloch County Junior Livestock Show and Sale held for the third straight year at the Ed Davenport Civic Center. The approximately $159,970 shattered all previous records by $34,970. Another new record set was 117 exhibitors who set the pace for area county stock shows when they showed 371 animals. ‘The show and sale were a great success. It is a tribute to the support of our businesses, outstanding leaders and board members,’ said McCulloch County Extension Agent Jerry Kidd. ‘We are not only supported by our local businesses, but by buyers that come from all over Texas. When you are supporting the youth of our livestock show, you are sponsoring exhibitors.’ An overflowing crowd came in out of the cold weather to enjoy a fine barbecue meal at the civic center. This is the third year the premium sale has been held at the civic center where the 117 exhibitors took to the stage with high hopes of getting top dollar for their animal. After the meal and a few recognitions, the packed house was ready for the top selling of the grand champion steer shown by Martha Jones followed by the other 116 exhibitors. For the second year in a row Platinum Sponsor, Fred Nuncio Fencing and Construction, set the tone for the night’s auction. Nuncio placed a bid of $8,100 for the European heavy weight class steer shown by Jones. This set a new premium sale record shattering the old record by $3,000 set by last year’s winner Abby Probst. For the second year in a row Josh Behrens took to the stage to market his grand champion heifer receiving $5,200 making a difference of $2,100 more than last year’s heifer. A team effort of supporters included Sonic, Lubke’s Cars & Trucks, Jacoby Feed and Seed, Super S Foods and McShan’s IGA. Another second year winner was Tori Freeman whose grand champion market hog brought $4,000. Her hog was purchased by Commercial National Bank of Brady, Stuart Speck Ranch, Wal- Mart, Barberry Enterprises, and Evridge’s. Cattle In the steer division Martha Jones showed the breed champion in the European heavy weight class and a third place in the European medium light weight class. Josh Behrens won the reserve grand champion in the European medium light class and first place in the medium heavy weight class. Hunter Stuart won first place in the European light weight class. In the American steer class, Zach Jones showed the breed champion and Joshua Nuncio had the reserve breed champion. Nuncio’s steer was purchased by Richard Heady, Glenn Miller, and Herd Producing for $1,400. Xavier Nuncio was the breed champion winner in the British steer class and his animal was purchased by Flores Caf’, Ellis Properties, Helena Chemical, Central Texas Telephone, VFW, and Jerry and Linda Bratton for $1,650. In the heifer division, Josh Behrens showed his grand champion European heifer younger class and placed second with his European older class heifer. Dylan Jacoby showed the reserve grand champion and reserve breed champion in the European older class heifer. Jacoby’s reserve champion heifer brought $5,050 and was purchased by Jordan Cattle Company, John Easley, Heart of Texas Ford, Brady National Bank, Jim & Cynthia Quinn, Lubke’s Cars & Trucks, Joe Garza Fencing, and M-K Gas. Casey Pace showed the breed champion in the American heifer class which was purchased by Central Texas Farm Credit, Bill and Susie Neal, Lone Star Beef, McCullough County Abstract & Title Co. Inc., and Rick Melcer Associates and brought $1,750. Joe Scott Pace showed the reserve breed champion in the American class and his animal brought $2,000. His animal was purchased by Tinsley Drilling. In the British class, Keely Probst had the breed champion and the reserve breed champion heifers. The cattle senior showmanship was awarded to Keely Probst who showed both heifers and steers. Jasmine Nuncio was the cattle junior showmanship winning a reserve breed champion British class steer and a third place in the European class medium heavy weight. Rabbits This year the rabbit show opened up the county livestock show on Thursday. There were 26 entries in the junior doe, junior buck, senior doe, and senior buck classes. In the junior buck class it was Brittany Kidd who won grand champion and she was the junior champion winner. Kidd’s rabbit brought $1300 and was purchased by Lubke’s Cars & Trucks, Jim and Cynthia Quinn, and M-K Gas. Also, in the junior buck class, Kara Nelson won the reserve grand champion and was the junior reserve champion winner. Nelson also won first place in the junior doe class. Nelson’s buck rabbit brought $500 and was purchased by Jim and Cynthia Quinn, M-K Gas, and Lubke’s Cars & Trucks. Kaylea Barrows was the senior champion winner in the senior buck class. Colt McBee was the reserve senior champion winner in the senior doe division. Nelson was the rabbit junior showmanship winner showing a total of eight rabbits. Sierra Murray was chosen the rabbit senior showmanship award and she had a sixth place in the senior buck class. Hogs Starting early Friday morning Jan. 11 the gilt class of the swine division had 19 entries. In the Yorkshire breed class, Colby Morris won both the breed champion and the grand champion awards with his Yorkshire gilt. His animal brought $4,000 and was purchased by the combined team of Western Plumbing, UNIMIN, Hard 8 Bar B Que, Robert Cortez Welding, Stuart Speck Ranch, Evridge’s, and Barberry Enterprises. With his Yorkshire breed gilt, Mason Bierman was the reserve grand champion winner whose animal was purchased for $2,000 by a combined effort of the Brady Lions Club, Larry & Ann Walker, Curves For Women, Ed Davenport Inc., Bill & Debra Neslage, Johnny and Doris Jones, and Brady National Bank. Bierman also had the reserve breed champion and was chosen the swine junior showmanship winner. Bierman also won the reserve breed champion award in the Spotted Poland China breed class. Keely Probst showed the breed champion in the Spotted Poland China breed class. Michaela Bierman showed the breed champion in the Poland breed class which was purchased by Probst Farms for $1,400. In the Hampshire breed class, Jacob McAnally won the breed champion which was purchased by Manning Safari Farms and Robert Cortez Welding for $1,450. Bryce Short showed the reserve breed champion purchased by Evridge’s for $900. Bailey Bozeman showed the breed champion in the Duroc breed class purchased by Brady Muffler, McCulloch County Soil & Water Conservation, HAC Bail Bonds, Bohls Family LTD, and Johnny & Doris Jones for $1,300. Jake Long showed the reserve breed champion hog purchased by James Long Real Estate for $1,200. The market hog class of the swine division had 30 entries. The division was separated into six classes: Duroc, Hampshire, Crossbred Light, Crossbred Heavy, Other Pure Bred (OPD) black, and OPD white. The Light OPD class consists of the Chester Whites and the Yorkshire breeds that are white in color. The dark OPD class consists of Berkshire and Spotted Swine breeds and there general color is black and white. The general color shall be black and white with points appearing on nose, feet, and tail (any of these points may be missing or an occasional splash of white may appear on the body). The grand champion market hog and breed champion was shown by Tori Freeman in the OPD white class. The reserve champion in the OPD white class was shown by Josh Behrens. In the OPD black class, Keely Probst showed the breed champion and the reserve grand champion hog. Probst’s animal brought $2050 and was purchased by Zesch & Pickett Insurance, 4M Ranch’Jim & Heidie Maikranz, Terry Norman, Renewable Energy Services (RES), Craig Norwood, Commercial National Bank of Brady, and Stuart Speck Ranch. The reserve breed champion was shown by Xavier Nuncio. The crossbred light breed champion was shown by Gavin Jordan. His hog brought $1,450 and was purchased by Loadcraft Industries. The reserve breed champion was shown by Cole Short. His hog was purchased for $1,250 by Tinsley Drilling. Tori Freeman also showed both the Hampshire breed class champion hog and the reserve breed champion hog. In the Duroc breed class, Zach Horne showed the breed champion purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Ricky Owens, UAP, Mac’s Barbecue, Mr.& Mrs. Reggie Phillips, and Mr. & Mrs. George Neel. Dayna Polk showed the reserve breed champion hog which was purchased for $1,000 by Jones North Ranch, Higginbotham’s, Virdell & Sons Diesel, West Central Wireless, and Kyzar Bros. Ranch. Winning the swine senior showmanship award was Kaleb Couvillion, who placed fourth and fifth in the crossbred light weight class. The swine junior showmanship award was won by Mason Bierman. Bierman won first place in the Poland breed class and won the breed champion and reserve grand champion in the Yorkshire breed class. Sheep In the sheep division of the stock show there were 12 entries in the breeding sheep category made up of three classes of ewes. In the market lamb category there were 60 entries in 12 separate classes. In the breeding sheep division, the breed champion and grand champion medium wool class was won by Dylan Jacoby. Dylan was also chosen the sheep senior showmanship award winner and showed a fourth place medium wool and fourth place fine wool class ewe lambs. In the fine wool class breed, Ethan Harris showed the breed champion which was purchased by Tinsley Drilling and Jacoby’s Feed & Seed for $1,550. Reece Jacoby showed the reserve breed champion ewe lamb bought by Jacoby’s Feed & Seed, Clay & Wendy Jones, John Easley, Agri- Producers, Titan Trading, Brady National Bank, Larry Farris Heating and Air conditioning, and Johnson Feed Inc. Errett Edmiston showed both the breed champion and the reserve breed champion of the Southdown breed class ewe lambs. His lamb brought $1,800 and was purchased by Invenergy. In the market lamb category, the grand champion lamb was a fine wool heavy weight shown by Zach Jones. His animal brought $4,000 and was purchased by Evridge’s, Jordan Cattle Company, Heart of Texas Ford, Lubke’s Cars & Trucks Inc, and Joe Garza Fencing. Jones also showed a third place crossbred heavy weight and a third place medium wool heavy weight lamb. Continuing in the fine wool classes Dylan Jacoby showed the reserve breed champion medium heavy weight lamb. Cole Blankenship won first place in the medium weight and light weight classes and his lamb was purchased by Grant & Kym Appleton for $1,000. Errett Edmiston won the reserve grand champion and breed champion award in the Southdown heavy weight class. He also won first place in the light weight class as well. His reserve champion lamb brought $2,000 and was purchased by Fred Nuncio’s Construction and Brady National Bank. In the medium wool classes, Dylan Jacoby won the breed champion division of in the heavy weight class. He also had a lamb that won second place in the medium light class. Winning first place in the medium heavy weight class was Reece Jacoby. The medium light class was won by Jessa Roque and Laramie Moore won first place in the light weight class. In the crossbred heavy weight class, Dylan Jacoby won the breed champion and Errett Edmiston won reserve breed champion. Jacoby won first place in the light weight class. Goats In the hair breeding goats division there were 32 entries in which there were two classes of does and two classes of Billies. There were nine classes of breeding market goats and ten classes of market goats. The grand champion Angora goat and champion doe was shown by Cole Speck. His champion doe purchased by SureFed and Dave Barksdale brought $4,000. The reserve champion registered Angora doe was shown by Errett Edmiston. Edmiston was also awarded the Angora goat senior showmanship award. He also won first place in the Angora commercial doe class. Edmiston took the reserve grand champion Angora goat award which was also the champion Billy. Winning first place in the commercial Angora goat class was Colt McBee. The commercial Angora goat doe class was won by Errett Edmiston. There were 89 head of breeding meat goats in three divisions divided up into nine sub-classes. The grand champion meat goat and division two champion was shown by Keely Probst. Her goat brought $4,000 and was purchased by Joe Garza Fencing, Lubke’s Cars & Trucks Inc, Leatherwood Memorial Chapels, Campbell Ranch, Jordan Cattle Co., and Abilene Ag New Holland. Courtney Hemphill won the reserve champion breeding meat goat and division two champion and she was awarded the senior meat goat showmanship. Her goat brought $2,000 and was purchased by Hemphill Farms. Winning the division one breeding meat goat champion was Michael Davis and taking the reserve division one champion was Jake Farris. Winning first place in class number 801 was Whitney Jordan, followed by 802 Michael Davis, and 803 Jake Farris. In Division two, class 804 winning first was Keely Probst and she won class 805. Class 806 was won by Courtney Hemphill. In division three breeding meat goat champion was shown by Alleigh Ory and she was the reserve grand champion winner. Her goat was purchased by Dennis and Bonnie Vickery for $3,100. Winning first place in class 807 was Kaitlin Cox followed by class 808 and reserve grand champion winner Alleigh Ory. Class 809 and reserve division winner was Michaela Smith. In the market goats category division there were 92 entries in ten classes. Winning the grand champion and division champion market meat goat was Dylan Jacoby. As mentioned earlier in this article Jacoby’s animal brought $4,100 and was purchased by Loadcraft. In class 709 of division three, Zach Jones won the reserve grand champion meat goat. He was also the division champion winner. In division one, class 700 Aaron won first place. He was followed in class 701 by first place winner Jenna Roque, class 702 winner Jessa Roque, and class 703 winner Alleigh Ory. In division two, class 704 winner was Keely Probst followed by class 705 winner Joseph Tinsley, class 706 winner Dylan Jacoby and division champion, class 707 winner Dylan Jacoby, class 708 winner Kristyn Jacoby, and class 798 winner Zach Jones.