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Kansas youth earn honors at 80th Junior Livestock Show
The 80th Kansas Junior Livestock Show added to the event's memorable history with a 25-year high in livestock numbers and stiff competition for auction premiums and scholarships. The show took place Sept. 21 to 24 in Wichita. A total of 704 Kansas youth exhibited 1,453 head of livestock. The show is sponsored by the Kansas Livestock Association, Kansas State University and the Agri-Business Council of Wichita.
A 1,305-pound crossbred shown by Payton Stoppel from Russell bested a field of 124 head to earn grand champion steer honors. Stoppel's steer was purchased by Elanco Animal Health, Ford County Feedyard, Micro and Kansas Feeds for $12,544 during the Auction of Champions held at the show's conclusion. The reserve grand champion steer, exhibited by Hannah Talkington of Hays, was a 1,334 lb. crossbred worth $8,280 to Fairleigh Feed Yards, Kemin AgriFoods, QualiTech, Scoular Grain and The Hartford Company. Sarah Pelton, Paradise, showed the champion Angus steer, while the reserve Angus was owned by Luke Sankey of Andale. The champion Charolais was led by Kohlton Voboril from Overland Park. Ben Jensen, Courtland, showed the reserve Charolais. The champion Hereford steer also belonged to Ben Jensen of Courtland. The reserve Hereford was exhibited by Taylor Dieball, Little River. Maycee Ratliff from Westphalia owned the champion Maine-Anjou steer, while Logan Allen of Gardner showed the reserve Maine-Anjou. The champion Shorthorn steer was led by Garret Smith from Pratt, and reserve went to an entry exhibited by Cody Hrabe, Stockton. Sarah Pelton, Paradise, owned the champion Simmental steer. Reserve Simmental was an entry shown by Taylor Goering, McPherson. Taylor Goering also showed the all-other-breeds (AOB) champion steer. Lauren Prill, Wichita, entered the reserve AOB.
A Limousin female owned by Randee Corns of Eureka was judged supreme champion of the 272-head breeding heifer show. A Chianina shown by Lauren Prill from Wichita was the reserve supreme heifer. The reserve Limousin heifer was led by Tanner Walden, Tonganoxie. Cole Hanna of Wichita exhibited the reserve Chianina female. The champion Angus heifer was shown by Brandon Olivier, Harper. Megan Green, Leavenworth, exhibited the reserve Angus female. The champion Charolais heifer was owned by Weston Schrader, Wells. Jayce Dickerson, Paradise, showed the reserve Charolais. Jake Nikkel of McPherson owned the champion percentage Charolais heifer, with Mason Runft of Scandia showing the reserve. The champion Gelbvieh heifer was exhibited by Meredith Clark from Barnard. J.W. LeDoux, Agenda, led the reserve Gelbvieh. Champion honors in the Hereford division went to a heifer owned by Brooke Jensen, Courtland. The reserve champion Hereford was shown by Bailey McKay, Marysville. Madison Loschke, Carbondale, exhibited the champion Maine-Anjou heifer. The reserve Maine-Anjou was led by Cory Craver, Gypsum. Addison Gauthier from Wichita exhibited the champion MaineTainer heifer, while Abby Wood, Leavenworth, led the reserve. Jansen Parsons from Anthony owned the champion Red Angus heifer. The reserve Red Angus female was shown by Calley Stubbs of Sharon Springs. A heifer exhibited by Jake Nikkel from McPherson was named champion Shorthorn, while Carissa Dalquest from Wilsey showed the reserve. In the ShorthornPlus division, a heifer led by Skyler Edison from Sterling took champion, with Caleigh Iwanski of Stockton owning the reserve. Logan Marple, Westmoreland, led the champion Simmental female. Jillian Keller, Piqua, exhibited the reserve Simmental. The AOB champion heifer was shown by Tanner Walden of Tonganoxie. Makayla Hoffman from Colby owned the reserve AOB. The champion commercial heifer was an entry exhibited by Katie Deal, Garden City. Taylor Goering, McPherson, led the reserve commercial female.
Champion cattle showman in the senior division was Hadley Schotte from Marysville, with Taylor Nikkel from Maple Hill earning top junior cattle showmanship honors. Senior division winners following Schotte, in order of finish, were: Casey Jensen, Courtland; Jake Nikkel, McPherson; Maggie Schotte, Marysville; and Luke Sankey, Andale. Rounding out the top five in the junior division were: Grady Dickerson, Paradise; Luke Prill, Wichita; Madison Loschke, Carbondale; and Mason Runft, Scandia.
Lane Mai of Russell guided his 270 lb. dark crossbred to the grand champion market hog title. S.O.W. Corporation of Wichita paid $3,085 for his entry during the premium sale. A 284 lb. dark crossbred owned by Thatcher Moddie, Burlington, was the reserve grand champion hog of the 251-head show. Farm Bureau Financial Services placed a bid of $4,216 on Moddie's hog. The champion Duroc title went to an entry exhibited by Taylor Fischer from Wright. Austin Shideler, Fontana, owned the reserve champion Duroc. Brody Nemecek of Iola exhibited the champion Hampshire. Reserve honors went to an entry shown by Morgan Laird, Mayetta. In the Yorkshire division, Tristan Davis of Princeton owned the champion. Caitlin Dreher from Iola showed the Yorkshire barrow taking reserve. Andrew Hodges from Lebo showed the champion dark AOB hog, while the reserve was exhibited by Campbell Martin, Bucklin. The light AOB title was awarded to an entry shown by Megan Davis of Princeton. Elizabeth Hodges from Lebo owned the reserve light AOB. Lakin Perry, Sharon Springs, entered the barrow that won the light crossbred division. Winning reserve was a barrow guided by Kylin Newberry of Attica.
A Duroc owned by Dusty Wolf, Medora, bested 74 head to claim supreme champion honors in the first-ever breeding gilt show held at KJLS. Brandi Peverley, Wamego, owned the Yorkshire chosen as reserve supreme gilt. The reserve Duroc was guided by Alec McGinn of Sedgwick. Shelby Holmes from Lebo presented the reserve champion Yorkshire. The champion Hampshire was shown by Brody Nemecek of Iola, with Jake Hodges from Lebo exhibiting the reserve. Gabe Hodges, Lebo, guided the top dark AOB gilt. Winning reserve was an entry owned by Jessica DeWeese, Pratt. In the light AOB division, Megan Davis of Princeton guided the champion. Kaitlyn Jean Hanks from Redfield exhibited the reserve.
Lauren Geis of Durham was named champion senior hog showman, while Campbell Martin from Bucklin claimed the junior title. Senior division winners following Geis, in order of finish, were: Gabryelle Gilliam, Washington; Brett Goetzmann, Gardner; Caitlin Dreher, Iola; and Lane Mai, Russell. Rounding out the junior division, in order of finish, were: James DeRouchey, St. Marys; John Fritts, Emporia; Brody Nemecek, Iola; and Chisum Grund, Wallace.
For the second consecutive year, Curtis Hewlett from Independence exhibited the grand champion market lamb, a 155 lb. Hampshire that brought $1,524 from Southwestern Remodeling of Wichita during the Auction of Champions. The reserve grand champion market lamb, a 147 lb. crossbred worth $3,617 to Jim Maddox State Farm Insurance, was shown by Lauren Prill of Wichita. A total of 257 lambs were shown at KJLS. Taylor Stanley of Baldwin owned the reserve Hampshire. She also exhibited the reserve crossbred. Winning the Dorset division was a lamb owned by Logan Allen from Gardner. The reserve was shown by Sage Collins of Chanute. The champion natural market lamb was led by Elizabeth Hodges, Lebo. Following her entry was a lamb shown by Holly Swearingen of Lawrence. The champion Southdown was shown by Raylee Faris, Westmoreland. Reserve was awarded to an entry from Allison Smith, Emporia. Taylor Harrison, Spring Hill, owned the champion speckled market lamb, while the reserve was exhibited by Jordan Moubry of Bunker Hill. Garrett Kays from Weir showed the champion Suffolk market lamb. Earning reserve was an entry from Emma Stewart of Baldwin. In the AOB division, Brett Holloway of Yates Center led the champion, while Marrit Mead of Overbrook owned the reserve.
A Southdown shown by Elliott Smith of Emporia was chosen as the supreme champion ewe from a field of 53 head. Reserve supreme ewe honors went to a Hampshire female owned by Shilo Schaake of Westmoreland. Reserve champion in the Southdown division was an entry exhibited by Ethan Fowler from McPherson. Shelby Smith, Emporia, owned the reserve champion Hampshire. Allison Smith of Emporia exhibited the champion and reserve Dorset. The champion Montadale was owned by Jansyn Van Horn of Garfield. Katie Schrag from Haven led the reserve. An entry from Mindi Holloway of Yates Center earned champion Shropshire honors. Reserve Shropshire was an entry from Brett Holloway of Yates Center. The champion and reserve Suffolk breeding ewes were owned by Taylor Coen from Elkhart. Brian Rigg of Douglass showed the champion other purebred ewe, with Brandy Rigg from Douglass leading the reserve.
A ewe exhibited by Grady Allen of Gardner bested 159 head to take supreme champion honors in the commercial breeding ewe show. Reserve supreme was owned by Garrett Kays of Weir. Emma Stewart, Baldwin, led the champion yearling commercial ewe. Taking home reserve was an entry from Makenzie Cox, Maize.
Garrett Kays from Weir won the senior division of the sheep showmanship contest, while Bret Knappenberger of Olathe claimed champion junior sheep showman honors. Following Kays, in order of finish, were: Emily Harris, Abilene; Reagan Schlochtermeier, Meade; Allissa Toews, Leonardville; and Jordan Moubry, Bunker Hill. Exhibitors placing second through fifth in the junior division were: Grady Allen, Gardner; Hannah Dechant, Goodland; Joel Nelson, Soldier; and Kashli Holthaus, Tribune.
Kami McComb from Pratt received grand champion honors with her entry in the meat goat show. The champion goat, besting 191 others to claim the top prize, weighed 78 lbs. and was worth $2,124 to the DeVore Foundation. Raylee Faris from Westmoreland showed the reserve champion meat goat, which weighed 91 lbs. S.O.W. Corporation of Wichita placed a final bid of $1,977 on her goat.
Blake Foraker, Burrton, showed the supreme champion in the first-ever commercial doe kid show at KJLS. His entry bested 68 others to claim this honor. Shynia Peterman, Lyons, displayed the reserve champion.
Champion goat showman in the senior division was Lindsey Pease of Chetopa, with Luke Falkenstien from Oswego earning top junior goat showmanship honors. Senior division winners following Pease, in order of finish, were: Jason Paine, Hutchinson; Shynia Peterman, Lyons; Blake Foraker, Burrton; and Treg Easley, Oswego. Rounding out the top five in the junior division were: Mattie Shafer, Ellinwood; Rebekah Thomas, Chapman; Erin Falkenstien, Oswego; and JaelAnn Hoover, Abilene.
Prior to the Auction of Champions, KJLS presented a record $23,000 in scholarships to 13 exhibitors. Those receiving $2,500 awards were: Blake Foraker, Burrton; Drew George, Uniontown; and Grace Hammer, Wallace. Tanner Aherin, Phillipsburg; Wyatt Pracht, Westphalia; and Eli Sheppard, Olsburg, each were awarded $2,000 scholarships. Receiving $1,500 stipends were Kathryn Clawson, Satanta; Macey Dinkel, Abilene; Skyler Glenn, Holcomb; Logan McGinley, Wichita; and Kiersten Scott, Scott City. Marissa Bland of Lucas and Lauren Prill from Wichita both received $1,000 scholarships.
Since the inception of the KJLS scholarship program 19 years ago, a total of 256 exhibitors have been awarded $328,100. Proceeds from the Beefeater Barbecue, prior to the Auction of Champions, and private contributions are the primary funding sources for the KJLS scholarship pool.
Teams from 10 states participated in the Mid America Classic Judging Contest held in conjunction with KJLS. The senior college contest was won by a team from Kansas State University, while second place went to a team from Texas A&M University. Colorado State University's Derrick Brown was the top scoring senior college individual. He was followed by Calli Thomas from K-State.
In the sophomore division of the junior college contest, Redlands Junior College placed first and Butler Community College came in second. Taylor Frank from BCC was the high scoring individual, followed by Brady Jensen from BCC.
Teams from BCC topped the junior college freshman team competition, claiming both first and second. BCC's Colby Redifer ranked at the top of the freshman contest, while second place was Jacob Heimsoth with BCC.
In addition to KLA, K-State and the Wichita Chamber of Commerce, dozens of volunteers help organize and put on the show.