According to Matt Bochat, Bee County Extension Agent, “Cattlemen from all over the Coastal Bend area consigned cattle to this year’s sale. We ended up with 349 total head consigned up about 65 head from last year.”
The total for this year’s sale was a huge $426,000. Cattle pairs averaged $1,516. Bred cattle averaged $1,128/head and open cattle averaged $907/head.
“We were kind of surprised at the numbers we had this year being that we are still in a long drought and cattle numbers continue to decline quickly in this part of the state,” Bochat said.
Proceeds from the Tri-County Sale are used for the 4-H youth programs in the three counties. Beef producers who wish to participate in next year’s sale can visit the AgriLife Extension Offices of Bee, Goliad or Refugio to pick up a consignment form and a copy of the sale rules.
The event is conducted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service with Bee, Goliad and Refugio counties cooperating. The sponsors for this year’s event were Beeville Livestock, AgMed Supply Company, Lyssy & Eckel Feeds and Silveus Insurance Group.