HUTCHINSON – Winning exhibitors at the 85th Kansas Junior Livestock Show (KJLS), sponsored by Cargill, earned cash premiums for their livestock, while others were presented scholarships for excelling academically, in community service and in 4-H/FFA. The largest youth livestock show in the state, held Sept. 29 through Oct. 1 in Hutchinson, featured 702 youth from 92 counties showing 1,480 head of livestock.
Ben Jensen of Courtland led the grand champion market steer, a 1,387 lb. Chianina. His entry bested a field of 97 in the show, which was sponsored by Merck Animal Health. Pre-determined cash premiums were awarded to the top five animals in both the market and breeding shows for all four species. Jensen received a $4,000 premium for his steer. The reserve champion steer, weighing 1,374 lbs., came from the all-other-breeds (AOB) division and was owned by Baylor Deyoe of Ulysses, who received a $2,000 premium for his steer. Third overall, worth $1,000, went to the champion Hereford steer, owned by Cady Pieper from Palco. Placing fourth overall and earning a $750 premium was the champion crossbred exhibited by Shelby Werth of Ellis. Fifth went to the reserve crossbred steer owned by Cale Shorter from Dexter. Shorter earned $500 for his steer.
Maycee Ratliff of Westphalia led a Limousin female to supreme champion honors in the breeding heifer show, sponsored by Merck Animal Health. Ratliff was awarded a $1,000 premium. Reserve supreme champion, worth a $750 premium, went to a Hereford heifer exhibited by Wesley Denton from Blue Rapids. There were 239 heifers entered in the show. Third overall, which earned $500, went to the champion Simmental percentage heifer shown by Grace Aust of LaCygne. Parker Schwarz, also from LaCygne, led the fourth overall heifer, which was the champion Chianina and earned $400. Fifth overall, worth $300, was the champion commercial heifer, exhibited by Jase Beltz of Canton
Madison Loschke from Kingsdown took the champion senior cattle showmanship title. Reserve champion was claimed by Wesley Denton of Blue Rapids. In the junior cattle showmanship division, Jase Beltz of Canton was the champion, while Weston Schrader from Wells claimed reserve. Ag Choice/MFA sponsored the beef showmanship competition.
James DeRouchey of St. Marys guided his 277 lb. light crossbred to the grand champion market hog title, which earned him $2,000. A 290 lb. Duroc owned by Gracie Ferguson from Quenemo was reserve grand champion hog of the 170-head show, sponsored by Seaboard Foods. Ferguson’s hog garnered a $1,500 premium. Third overall, worth $1,000, went to Kyser Nemecek of Iola, with his reserve champion light crossbred. James DeRouchey from St. Marys owned the champion dark crossbred that placed fourth overall and earned $750. Fifth overall, earning a $500 premium, was the reserve dark crossbred exhibited by Cooper Wuthnow of Manchester.
An entry from the commercial division, owned by Briggs Kerr of Dodge City, was named supreme champion in the 189-head gilt show, also sponsored by Seaboard Foods. Kerr received a $750 premium for his gilt. Airika Frey from Garden City exhibited the reserve supreme, a Duroc gilt worth $600. Third overall and earning $500 was the reserve commercial gilt owned by Luke Prill from Wichita. In fourth was the reserve Duroc champion, which garnered $350 and was exhibited by Jenna DeRouchey of St. Marys. Brooklynn Kerr from Dodge City exhibited the fifth overall gilt, which was the champion dark AOB. She earned a $250 premium.
Brody Nemecek, Iola, took the champion senior swine showmanship title. The reserve champion senior was Danielle Nading from Fort Scott. In the junior swine showmanship division, Abi Lillard, Abilene, was the champion, with Kynna Crawford, Hugoton, named reserve champion.
For the second consecutive year, Jillian Keller from Piqua exhibited the grand champion market lamb, a 126 lb. entry from the blackface division that earned a $2,000 premium. The reserve grand champion market lamb, a 145 lb. blackface, was shown by Hannah Whetstone of Howard. Her lamb earned $1,000. Third overall, also from the blackface division, was owned by Becca Paine, Hutchinson, and garnered $900. A blackface lamb exhibited by Adyson Edwards of Paola was chosen as fourth overall and brought $600. Kaden Ketterl from Sterling exhibited the fifth overall market lamb, also from the blackface division, earning $300. A total of 249 lambs were shown.
The supreme registered breeding ewe, garnering a $500 premium, was the champion Hampshire, shown by Kylar Lee from Burlington. The reserve supreme champion ewe was the reserve Hampshire, led by Karrie Van Winkle from Corning. She received a $300 premium for her ewe. Third overall, worth $200, was a Southdown ewe owned by Haven Johnson of Assaria. The champion Shropshire and fourth overall registered breeding ewe, earning $100, was shown by Jarilyn Nelson from Soldier. Kalen Dressler of Eudora led the champion Dorset, which finished fifth overall and received a $50 premium. There were 68 head shown.
A ewe led by Jillian Keller of Piqua bested 172 others to take supreme champion honors in the commercial breeding ewe show. Keller’s ewe garnered a $500 premium. Owning the reserve supreme, worth $400, was Becca Paine of Hutchinson. The third overall commercial ewe, earning $300, was exhibited by Kylar Lee of Burlington. A ewe led by Clay Brillhart from Fort Scott claimed fourth overall and earned $200. Fifth overall was a commercial ewe exhibited by Jillian Keller of Piqua, who received a $100 premium.
In the senior sheep showmanship division, Becca Paine of Hutchinson was named champion. Taking reserve was Jillian Keller from Piqua. Clay Brillhart from Fort Scott won the junior sheep showmanship division. Caleb Dechant of Goodland took home reserve honors.
Reilly Stewart of Baldwin City received grand champion honors and a $2,000 premium for her 87 lb. entry in the meat goat show. A total of 157 head was shown. Luke Falkenstien, Oswego, showed the reserve grand champion meat goat, which weighed 83 lbs. and earned $1,000. Third, worth $750, went to a goat shown by Tate Crystal of Uniontown. Jack Gilliam from Washington showed the fourth place meat goat and earned $500. Fifth overall was an entry from Teagan Deyoe of Ulysses that brought $400.
Reilly Stewart from Baldwin City also showed the supreme champion commercial doe kid. Her entry bested 136 others to claim the honor and earn $750. London Hilton of Howard exhibited the reserve supreme champion doe, worth $500. Third overall went to an entry from Anna McCurry of Colwich, which was worth $400. Chosen for fourth was a commercial doe owned by Julianna Sprague from Kincaid that earned $300. Fifth overall, worth $200, was a doe shown by Dakota Pease, Chetopa.
In the senior division, champion goat showman honors went to Jillian Keller of Piqua, with Reilly Stewart from Baldwin City claiming reserve. In the junior division, Jera Schoenfeld of Oakley received champion honors, with Raine Garten from Abilene earning reserve.
KJLS presented $20,000 in scholarships to eight exhibitors. Those receiving $3,000 scholarships were Ryann Allison, Fort Scott; Shay Duer, Onaga; Chad Hibdon, Princeton; and Mason Runft, Scandia. Four students were awarded $2,000 scholarships, including Michael Dowd, Olathe; Jade Edwards, Hamilton; Ben Jensen, Courtland; and Katherine Krauss, Russell. Since the inception of the KJLS scholarship program in 1993, a total of 313 exhibitors have been awarded $431,000.
The LEAD Challenge allowed exhibitors to learn about current industry issues and apply that information in a competitive environment. All those entered in the challenge participated in the LEAD Listen & Learn, showmanship and skills stations. Exhibitors placing first through third in the senior division were Brody Nemecek, Iola; Maddie Martin, Protection; and Taylor Dieball, Little River. First through third in the intermediate division were, in order of finish, Hannah Whetstone, Howard; James DeRouchey, St. Marys; and Weston Schrader, Wells. In the junior division, first through third were Parker Schwarz, LaCygne; Calla Higbie, Quenemo; and T. J. Mills, Grenola.
A team from Texas Tech University (TTU) won the senior college competition at the Mid-America Classic Judging Contest, held in conjunction with KJLS. Kansas State University placed second. Will Gibson with TTU was the top scoring senior college individual. He was followed by Jessie Judge from Oklahoma State University. Blinn College of Brenham, TX, won the sophomore division in the junior college contest, with Hutchinson Community College (HCC) finishing second. High individuals in the junior college sophomore contest were Jaci Burgin from Blinn College in first and Hadley Schotte with HCC in second. A team from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M (NEO) won the freshman division, while HCC placed second. Alexa Montagne from NEO outscored all other freshmen. The second place freshman was Ty Jordan with Blinn College.
The Kansas Livestock Association, Kansas State University and Agri-Business Council of Wichita serve as major show sponsors. Cargill was the platinum sponsor of this year’s show. In addition to Merck Animal Health, Seaboard Foods and Ag Choice/MFA, other sponsors included American Ag Credit, Kansas Farm Bureau and Farm Bureau Financial Services, Friends of KJLS, Range Master Trailers, Syngenta and the Kansas Department of Agriculture. In addition to these groups, volunteers from across the state also help organize and put on the show.
Other area results:
Trinity Fulton, Dodge City
4th in class 11 - Commercial Doe Kid
8th in class 10 - Meat Goat
9th in class 6 - Commercial Doe Kid
Briggs Kerr, Dodge City
1st in class 18 - Commercial Gilt
Supreme Champion Gilt
Brooklynn Kerr, Dodge City
2nd in class 16 - Light Cross Market Barrow
2nd in class 21 - Commercial Gilt
3rd in Junior Swine Showmanship
5th Overall Gilt
Reserve Champion Light AOB Market Barrow
Madison Loschke, Kingsdown
1st in Senior Beef Showmanship
2nd in class 36 - Maine-Anjou Breeding Heifer
2nd in class 48 - Commercial Breeding Heifer
Lincoln Martin, Bucklin
1st in class 16 - Light Cross Market Barrow
2nd in class 6 - Hampshire Gilt
Adeline Robinson, Dodge City
3rd in class 12 - Commercial Doe Kid
Halle Robinson, Dodge City
5th in class 8 - Commercial Doe Kid
Josie Robinson, Dodge City
8th in class 13 - Commercial Doe Kid
Easton Shenk, Dodge City
2nd in class 9 - AOB Market Steer
Reserve Champion Commercial Breeding Heifer
Braeden Simon, Dodge City
16th in class 7 - Dark AOB Market Barrow
9th in class 16 - Light Cross Market Barrow
Quinlan Simon, Dodge City
10th in class 10 - Dark Cross Market Barrow
Cassie Wells, Dodge City
4th in class 12 - Meat Goat
5th in class 5 - Meat Goat