Bird Forestry salutes the Shelby County 4-H and FFA student exhibitors at the 43rd annual East Texas Poultry Festival Broiler Show and Sale held Saturday, October 5 in Center.
Forty pens made the sale where Kalei LaRock’s grand champion pen of broilers (Center FFA) sold for a $7,000 bid final bid from Farmer’s State Bank in Center. Lance Holloway’s reserve champion pen (Center FFA) sold on a $6,000 bid by Border’s Poultry Supply in Center. The total raised by the auction was more than $135,000.
As has been the tradition in recent years, exhibitors included children of Bird Forestry employees and clients, and the company was delighted to once again be a participating buyer.
Julie Bird’s pen (Center FFA) placed 14th and earned a bid of $3,600 by Texas Land Bank; Guner Youngblood’s pen (Shelby County 4-H) placed 18th and earned a bid of $3,700 by Portacool; and Kenley Ramos’s pen (Center FFA) placed 32nd bringing a high bid of $4,000 by Governor Greg Abbott. Placing 9th was Mason Hughes’s pen (Joaquin FFA) that earned a high bid of $2,500 by Bird Forestry; Emilee Elliott’s pen (Center FFA) placed 30th and was bid to $4,000 by Bird Forestry; and Laura Anne Scull’s pen (Shelby County 4-H) bid to $4,500.00 by Bird Forestry.
The broiler sale is the highlight of the annual East Texas Poultry Festival celebrating one of the biggest agricultural economic industries in East Texas. This year’s edition of the three-day festival included arts, crafts, and a photography show, a Poultry Festival Queen pageant, parade, car show, carnival, vendor booths, judging of the chickens and the broiler sale.
Each participant was given 30 chicks and the best three from each pen were judged during the competition. Bird Forestry is proud of the youth in Shelby County and commends the excellent job each participant demonstrated during the six weeks they were responsible for the care of their chickens.