Nordheim FFA Stock Show attracts generous buyers

Senior Brandon Smart exhibited the grand champion hog at the annual Nordheim FFA Livestock Show.
  • 2012 NORDHEIM FFA STOCK SHOW WINNERS

  • Senior Goat: Ryan Villanueva

    Junior Goat: Quensey Torrez

    Senior Lamb: Patrick Rohan

    Junior Lamb: Quensey Torrez

    Senior Hog: Kaylan Marks

    Junior Hog: David Torres

    Grand Champion: Elise Schuenemann, Lemon Pecan Pie

    Reserve Champion: Garrett Rohan, Peanut Fudgies Cookies

    Grand Champion: ...

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  • 2012 NORDHEIM FFA STOCK SHOW WINNERS

    Senior Goat: Ryan Villanueva

    Junior Goat: Quensey Torrez

    Senior Lamb: Patrick Rohan

    Junior Lamb: Quensey Torrez

    Senior Hog: Kaylan Marks

    Junior Hog: David Torres

    Grand Champion: Elise Schuenemann, Lemon Pecan Pie

    Reserve Champion: Garrett Rohan, Peanut Fudgies Cookies

    Grand Champion: Elise Schuenemann, Quilt

    Reserve Champion: Garrett Rohan, Wall Table

No steers? No problem.

The annual Nordheim FFA Stock Show brought in $81,025.80 for student animal projects, shattering the 2011 total of $49,916.40.

No steers were entered into the 2012 show on Jan. 28 - with goats making an appearance for the first time - but that didn't stop buyers from shelling out the cash.

"The bidding bar was set high for the grand and reserve champion animals, then all other exhibitors' animals followed suit," said Joyce Ann Warwas, one of the event organizers. "That mission was accomplished by the generosity of all the buyers and the two buying groups, Nordheim FFA Fundraisers and Bids For Kids."

"The support of the community was visible as every student walked out to sell," said Warwas.

Quensey Torrez, a 9-year-old fourth grader, topped the money list with $5,300 for her 135-pound grand champion lamb.

Quensey also had the grand and reserve champion lambs in last year's show.

The 2012 selling price was more than double the price for her grand champion lamb in 2011, a trend that would continue throughout the sale.

Buyers included Beef It Up, Amanda Koricanek, Glenn Mueller AG and Trash Service, Trevor and Mandy Scheuenemann and Family, Nordheim FFA Fundraisers, Dynasty-Kenedy, PetroHawk Energy Corporation and Nitro Construction Downhole Fluids.

Brandon Smart, a 17-year-old senior, had the grand champion hog and sold it for $5,150 to Nordheim FFA Fundraisers, Nitro Construction Downhole Fluids, Chris Carter-Karnes County Livestock, Dynasty, Talk Ranch & Family, Finch Funeral Home, Citizens Bank, Kerry and Pam Remmers, ProField Services-Hallettsville and Russell and Bernadette Bluhm.

The grand champion goat, exhibited by sophomore Tessa Green, brought in $5,050.

Buyers included Nordheim FFA Fundraisers, Amanda Koricanek, Citizens Bank of Yorktown, Tracey Schendel, Karnes City Auction, Tractor City Country Store-Kenedy, PetroHawk Energy Corporation, Metting Dozer Service, Clint and Lynette Metting, Gregg and Darlene Metting, David and Peggy Johnson and Rosie Karnei.

Among the reserve champions, seventh grader Garrett Rohan's lamb sold for $4,100 to Beef It Up, Amanda Koricanek, Weldon Switch Trail Riders, Nordheim FFA Fundraisers, Edgar & Gladys' Café and the Nixon-Beeville Livestock Commission.

The reserve champion goat of senior Ryan Villanueva sold for $3,500 to Beef It Up, Finch Funeral Home-Nixon, Yorktown, Glenn Mueller AG and Trash Service, Larry & Sandra Lowe-Bruni, Donna Serna-Freer, J & J Pipe and Supply-Ganado, Tracey Schendel, Josh Tielke-Karnes City Auction, Apple Lumber & Feed Company-Yorktown and Nordheim FFA Fundraisers.

Brittny Smart, a freshman and Brandon's sister, exhibited the 257-pound reserve champion hog. It sold for $3,350 to Nitro Construction Downhole Fluids, Amanda Koricanek, Talk Ranch & Family, Nordheim FFA Fundraisers, Nixon-Beeville Livestock Commission, Tracey Schendel, Karnes City Auction and Russell and Bernadette Bluhm.