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Kansas Beef Expo features top show heifers


It was bright, but cold weekend in Hutchinson, Kan., for the annual Kansas Beef Expo held Dec. 10 to 12. The three-day event featured the sale of some top show heifers, followed by two days of junior cattle shows.

The first-ever Snow Angels sale, featuring outstanding heifer prospects, kicked off the weekend on Dec. 10. The show-then-sell event showcased 33 females, of which 25 were selected for the sale.

Champion heifer was a consignment by Dorn Cattle Co., Minden, Neb. This flashy, black-baldy show heifer prospect sold for $4,800 to a buyer from Nebraska.

Reserve champion honors went to a Maintainer heifer from M Lazy Heart Ranch, Torrington, Wyo. This individual brought $3,750 and was purchased by a Kansas buyer.

Over 600 head of youth projects were shown, representing nine different states. Judges for the weekend included Jason Hoffman, Thedford, Neb., and Krisha Custis, Ft. Collins, Colo. A total of over $10,000 in cash and prizes was paid out over the weekend.

In the Senior Heifer Division, Ring A showing under Hoffman, champion went to a Charolais shown by Grady Dickerson, Kan. Reserve champion honors went to Troy Shaw, Iowa. Ring B, where the cattle were evaluated by Custis, found Troy Shaw and his Chianina as champion and the reserve champion award went to P.D. Miller, Wyo., also with a Chianina entry.

Junior Division heifers

In the highly competitive division featuring the younger heifers, Champion honors in Ring A under Hoffman went to Katy Satree of Texas with her Simmental. Reserve champion was shown by Kenzie Flory, Kan., with her Angus heifer. Rounding out the top five were Jesse Hoblyn, Neb., with a Maine Anjou; P.D. Miller, AOB and Cassie Hoblyn, Neb., Shorthorn.

In Ring B with Custis on the microphone, champion went to Troy Shaw, with a Chianina heifer. Reserve champion was a commercial female shown by Kendall Shaw, Iowa. Also in the top five were Katy Satree, Simmental; Jesse Hoblyn, Maine Anjou; and Beau Bremmer, Neb., with a Maintainer.

Kansas champions

The Kansas-only junior heifer champions from Ring A included Kenzie Flory and her Angus heifer getting the nod as grand champion. Reserve champion was led out by Katie Deal and was a commercial female. The top five also included Clay Shilling, AOB, Brady Jensen, Hereford, and Stetson Junek, Maine Anjou.

In Ring B, Brooke Jensen was selected as champion with a commercial heifer. Reserve champion went to Kenzie Flory. Stetson Junek, Maine Anjou, Brady Jensen, Hereford and Katie Deal, commercial rounded out the top five heifers shown.

Prospect market cattle

Dec. 12 found exhibitors parading their prospect market beef projects. In Ring A, judge Custis found a crossbred steer, led out by Tyler Peterson from Iowa to select as champion. Reserve champion honors went to Colorado exhibitor, Emma Vickland, also with a crossbred. The overall top five animals also included Cassie Hoblyn, with a Main Anjou; Brady Jensen, Chianina; and Garrett Hudgins, Okla., with a crossbred.

Showing under Hoffman in Ring B, the champion plaque was presented to Emma Vickland. Reserve champion honors went to Tyler Peterson. Both calves came from the crossbred division. Rounding out the top five market animals overall included Cassie Hoblyn, Maine Anjou, Kyler Weber, Neb., with a Chianina and Shilo Schaake with a crossbred.

Kansas champion from Ring A was Brady Jensen with a Chianina entry. Reserve champion went to Janae Ochs with a Maine Anjou calf. The top five also featured Shilo Shaake, crossbred, Cody Hrabe, Maine Anjou, and Payton Stoppel, Chianina.

Ring B Kansas champion honors went to Shilo Schaake. Cody Hrabe's Maine Anjou was selected as reserve champion. The remaining top five calves included Brady Jensen, Chianina, Payton Stoppel, Chianina, and Kohlton Voboril with a Charolais.

Breeding cattle sale coming in March

Plans are now under way for the spring offering for the Kansas Beef Expo, to be held March 26 at the Farmers and Ranchers sale facility in Salina, Kan. Consignments are now being accepted.

For more information, or to consign bulls, bred females or cow/calf pairs, contact Quint Huncovsky, Expo manager at 785-320-6054 or 785-259-4122 or e-mail quint@kansasbeefexpo.com. Additional information can also be found at www.kansasbeefexpo.com.

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