Year in Review: Records broken, memories made
Buck Butler of the Nixon Livestock Commission is honored as the first recipient of the Nixon-Smiley Livestock Show Hall of Fame award March 10, 2012, in Nixon.
Beef prices continue to set records in the new year, due in part to the lowest U.S. inventory of cattle for decades. In 2013, choice wholesale beef prices reached $211.37 per hundredweight May 23, while Texas-fed cattle cash prices reached $132.30 per hundredweight Oct. 26.
The 2013 U.S. corn crop broke the 2009 production record, with 13.93 billion bushels harvested.
Records were also set during the 2013 Wilson County Junior Livestock Show, when almost 500 exhibitors and 835 entries participated in the show last January.
San Antonio Livestock Exposition Trailride Committee members honored included Committee Chairman TW Wheat of Nixon, Committeeman of the Year Dixell Wheat of Nixon, and Volunteer of the Year Emily Martin of La Vernia.
The area bid farewell to two well-known cattlemen, William E. “Buck” Butler, owner of Nixon Livestock Commission; and Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association President Clay Birdwell. Butler passed away in October, and Birdwell died in August.
Recognized during 2013 for their involvement in the ag sector were:
•Bubba and Nancy Jo Cook, honored as the second recipients of the Nixon-Smiley Livestock Show Hall of Fame award March 9 in Nixon.
•Rickey Neill, an agriculture teacher for 25 years, honored by the 69th annual Stockdale Watermelon Jubilee in June.
•Gus and Susan Gonzalez of Poteet, honored as the South Central Texas Independent Cattlemen’s Association Trail Blazer recipients during the annual ICA of Texas convention in Bastrop. Texas Rep. John Kuempel was also awarded the Cattlemen’s Council Award during the June 28 convention.
•Laskowski Ranch of Wilson County, founded in 1891, recognized as the Texas Department of Agriculture’s Family Land Heritage (100 years) honoree in December.
•Carl Hoefelmeyer, who received the Texas Farm Bureau District 12 Pioneer Award during the Texas Farm Bureau’s 80th annual meeting Dec. 8 in San Antonio.
Also during the year, many local people were elected to serve on state organizations, including:
•Jason Peeler, owner of Texana Feeders, elected as a director of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association March 24 in Fort Worth.
•Russell Boening, re-elected as secretary-treasurer of the Texas Farm Bureau, as the organization reached 500,000-member status in 2013.
Ag issues are never quite finished, and as a new year gets under way, the Farm Bill heats up on Capitol Hill. Watch for more developments on this and other agricultural issues affecting the industry in 2014.