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Youth from 91 counties have entered 1,764 animals in the 80th Kansas Junior Livestock Show. This is the largest number of livestock entered in 25 years.

A total of 750 exhibitors plan to bring 147 market steers, 329 breeding heifers, 305 market hogs, 101 breeding gilts, 300 market lambs, 70 purebred ewes, 191 commercial ewes, 231 meat goats and 90 commercial doe kids to the show. The statewide event will take place September 21-24 at the Kansas Pavilions near Wichita.

Pottawatomie County leads the state with the most exhibitors, 31, and the largest number of breeding heifers, 23. Johnson County has entered the most total livestock, 81, and tops the steer, market lamb and commercial ewe categories, with 10, 21 and 11 head, respectively. Coffey County exhibitors entered the most market hogs, 18. Franklin County youth are bringing 9 breeding gilts, which represents the largest number for this category. The purebred ewe division is led by Lyon County, with 10 entries. Labette County competitors have entered the most meat goats, 15, and commercial doe kids, 11.

The grand and reserve steers, hogs, lambs and goats will be sold during the KJLS Auction of Champions, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. The public is welcome and encouraged to support the event by bidding on livestock in the live auction. In many cases, exhibitors of the winning animals use the money earned from the auction to help fund their college educations and buy next year's livestock projects.

Prior to the premium sale, KJLS will present a number of scholarships ranging from $750 to $2,500 to exhibitors who have excelled academically, in community service and in 4-H/FFA. A total of $305,100 in scholarships has been presented to 243 KJLS exhibitors since the program's inception in 1993. Last year, a total of $21,500 was awarded to 11 exhibitors. The scholarship program is funded primarily through private contributions and income generated by the Beefeaters Barbecue held in the Sam Fulco Pavilion prior to the auction. Tickets to the barbecue, which will begin at 5:30 p.m., are $60 and can be purchased at the door that evening or in advance by calling Cheryl Smith at 316-390-0285.

"The responsibility of preparing for and showing at this event provides a great learning experience for Kansas youth," said KJLS President Ed Frey of Wichita. "We invite individuals and businesses to help reward these young people for their hard work by attending the Beefeaters Barbecue, participating in the sale or contributing to the scholarship fund."

Separate from the selection of species champions, a showmanship contest will be held. The top showman in both the junior and senior divisions of each species will receive a silver belt buckle. Prizes also will be awarded for second through fifth place in each division.

The Kansas Livestock Foundation will sponsor a club calf show and sale during KJLS. Steer and heifer prospects from some of the top club calf producers in the Midwest will be consigned. The event will take place September 22. Sale proceeds will go toward KLF Youth in Agriculture scholarships.

Major sponsors for KJLS are the Kansas Livestock Association, Kansas State University and the Agri-Business Council of Wichita. In addition to these groups, hundreds of volunteers from across the state help organize and put on the show.

Date: 9-24-2012



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