Supreme champions showcased at Kansas State Fair Cattle Show
By Anne Lampe
The Supreme Drive of the 100th annual Kansas State Fair showcased the “best of the breeds” in the sixth annual competition on Sept. 14 at 6 pm in the Prairie Pavilion showring on the state fairgrounds. The Supreme Drive featured the grand champion bulls and females selected in their respective breed open shows Sept. 12 to 14in Hutchinson. Eleven bulls and 11 females representing the KSF breed shows of Angus, Charolais, Hereford, Gelbvieh, Balancer, Limousin, LimFlex, Shorthorn, Shorthorn Plus, SimChoice and Simmental vied for the title of supreme champion. Exhibitors in the KSF open cattle shows are registered seedstock producers using the showring and exhibition as a way to market and promote their herds and genetics. A panel of three cattleman consisting of Brad Gohr, Madras, Ore.; Gregg Stewart, Washington, Kan.; and Garrett Werth, Quinter, Kan., evaluated the entries. Exhibitors and spectators enjoyed a reception and gathering of champions prior to the selection of the supreme champions.
An Angus female claimed supreme honors in the heifer division. Top Line Farm and Morgan Kramer, Tremont, Ill., exhibited the winning heifer Top Line Lady 2212, a March 2012 daughter of SAV Potential 0205. The supreme champion heifer received a $1,500 cash award and a crystal trophy. The reserve supreme champion female was the SimChoice champion owned by Shilo Schaake, Schaake Farms, Inc., Westmoreland, Kan. The SimChoice is Playmate 1Z, a March 2012 daughter of Wagr Driver 76T with a heifer calf at side received a $750 cash prize. Placing third and receiving a $300 cash award was the Lim-Flex entry, CZ RC Zoey 2292 sired by BC Maverick 2702 owned by Cheyanne Ratliff, Westphalia, Kan. Remaining finalists receiving $100 prizes were the Limousin owned by Ashlee Corns, the Shorthorn exhibited by DTR Cattle Company, the Shorthorn Plus owned by Fischer Cattle Co, the Simmental owned by Schaake Farms, the Hereford champion led by Ed Brown, the Charolais exhibited y Bar S Ranch, the Gelbvieh exhibited by Circle SRanch and the Balancer champion owned by Grace Hammer.
The supreme champion bull title was won by BF First Transaction born January 2012 and sired by Dameron First Class owned by Lazy JB Partners and Brock Farms, Montrose, Colo. The supreme bull exhibitor received a $1,500 cash award and a crystal trophy. A March 2011 Limousin entry, Schillings Yannis sired by Schillings Unforgiven from Clay Shilling, Edson, Kan., claimed reserve supreme champion bull and the $750 prize. The Hereford representative captured third place honors; DHD Bandit HH 2112 ET sired by KB Bandito 8227UET owned by Double Heart Diamond Cattle Co., Broken Bow, Neb., received the $300 cash award. Remaining finalists receiving $100 prizes were the Simmental and SimChoice representatives owned by Schaake Farms; the Shorthorn Plus entry exhibited by Sodhouse Cattle; the Gelbvieh champion owned by Kelly Overmiller; the Balancer representative owned Chase Tabor; the Shorthorn led by Wesley Stone; the LimFlex champion owned by Alexa Tenpenney and the Charolais bull owned by Bar S Ranch.
All Supreme Drive finalists were eligible to win prizes donated by sponsors. In random drawings Schaake Farms won a 10-unit semen package sponsored by Genex. Chase Tabor won a collection package donated by Jensen Genetic Center, Courtland, and Shilo Schaake received the use of an OK Corral for one year sponsored by Titan West.
Supreme Drive sponsors include Titan West, Travalong, Zoetis, Biozyme Inc., Charolais Breeders of Kansas, Circle S Gelbvieh, Cross Country Genetics, High Noon Feeds, Kansas Angus Association, Kansas Gelbvieh Association, Kansas Hereford Association, Kansas Limousin Breeders Association, Kansas Simmental Association, Kansas Shorthorn Association, Schilling Limousin, Shorthorn breeders and the Kansas Sate Fair.
For more information on the Supreme Drive or sponsorship opportunities contact committee co-chairmen Ron Schilling at 785-694-3589 or Anne Lampe at 620-874-4273.