Date: 9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM

Title: Champions chosen from large field of livestock, exhibitors at junior show (short version)

     (WICHITA) – A combination of relative newcomers and young “veterans” earned top honors with their livestock projects at the 81st Kansas Junior Livestock Show (KJLS), September 20-23 in Wichita. A total of 716 Kansas youth from 89 counties exhibited 1,457 head of livestock. The show is sponsored by the Kansas Livestock Association (KLA), Kansas State University and the Agri-Business Council of Wichita. 
     A 1,337 lb. crossbred shown by 16-year-old Shilo Schaake from Westmoreland bested a field of 128 head to earn grand champion steer. Schaake’s steer was purchased by Elanco Animal Health, Kansas Feeds, Zoetis Animal Health, Jim & Linda Maddox, State Farm Foundation, Xtra Factor, The Hartford Company, Qualitech and Direct LLC for $10,600 during the Auction of Champions held at the show’s conclusion. The reserve grand champion steer, shown by 12-year KJLS exhibitor Brooke Jensen of Courtland, was a 1,296 lb. crossbred worth $12,950 to Micro, Micronutrients, NuTech Biosciences, Bill DeVore, Westway, Coonrod Family Foundation and Nutrition Services.
     A Chianina owned by six-year KJLS veteran Taylor Goering of McPherson was judged supreme champion of the 265-head breeding heifer show. A MaineTainer shown by Madison Loschke from Kingsdown was the reserve supreme heifer.
     Barrett Simon from Leon took the champion senior cattle showman title, with Hadley Schotte of Marysville earning reserve. In the junior cattle showmanship division, Mason Runft, Scandia, earned champion honors. Taylor Dieball, Little River, took reserve.
     Layne Pettijohn from Cedar guided her 269 lb. dark crossbred to the grand champion market hog title. S.O.W. Corporation of Wichita paid $3,105 for her entry during the premium sale. A 283 lb. Yorkshire owned by Iola sophomore Caitlin Dreher was reserve grand champion hog of the 262-head show. MoJack of Wichita placed a bid of $2,680 on Dreher’s hog.
     A Yorkshire owned by Lane Mai of Russell bested 68 head to claim supreme champion honors in the breeding gilt show. Tyler Goetzmann from Gardner owned the dark AOB chosen as reserve supreme gilt.
     Lane Mai of Russell was champion senior swine showman, with reserve going to Macy Scott of Perry. Winning junior swine showmanship was Danielle Nading of Fort Scott, with Kaylee Lukert of Paxico finishing as the reserve.
     Shilo Schaake from Westmoreland exhibited the grand champion market lamb, a 148 lb. entry from the Natural division, which brought $4,200 from Farm Bureau Financial Services during the Auction of Champions. The reserve grand champion market lamb, a 153 lb. Suffolk worth $3,025 to Southwestern Remodeling of Wichita, was shown by eight-year KJLS exhibitor Taylor Stanley of Baldwin. A total of 249 lambs was shown.
     A Hampshire shown by Holly Swearingen of Lawrence was chosen as the supreme champion purebred ewe from a field of 50 head. Reserve supreme purebred ewe honors went to a Suffolk female owned by Kashli Holthaus of Tribune. For the second consecutive year, an entry from Grady Allen of Gardner bested 151 head to take supreme champion honors in the commercial breeding ewe show. Reserve supreme commercial ewe was owned by Gage Nichols, Russell.
     In the senior sheep showmanship division, Holly Swearingen of Lawrence was named champion. Taking reserve was Taylor Harrison of Spring Hill. Tyler Bottorff of Galena won the junior sheep showmanship division. Hannah Dechant of Goodland claimed reserve.
     First-time KJLS exhibitor Lakin Cherry from Girard received grand champion honors with her entry in the meat goat show. The champion goat, besting 196 others, weighed 78 lbs. and was worth $2,500 to S.O.W. Corporation of Wichita. Allyson Rudd from Bucklin showed the reserve champion meat goat, which weighed 71 lbs. Joey & Rich Giblin of Sedgwick placed a final bid of $2,500 on her goat.
     Grant Simpson, Columbus, showed the supreme champion commercial doe kid. His entry bested 77 others to claim this honor. Jason Paine, Hutchinson, exhibited the reserve champion doe.
     In the senior goat showmanship division, Grant Simpson of Columbus was champion, with Jason Paine of Hutchinson claiming reserve. Luke Falkenstien of Oswego earned champion junior showman honors, with Tonya Slyter of Spring Hill earning reserve. 
     Prior to the Auction of Champions, KJLS presented $20,500 in scholarships to 12 exhibitors. Those receiving $2,500 awards were: Callahan Grund, Wallace, and Brooke Jensen, Courtland. Tristan Davis, Princeton; Chase Gleason, Uniontown; Nicholas Meyer, Tampa; and Gage Nichols, Russell, each were awarded $2,000 scholarships. Receiving $1,500 stipends were Chloe Creager from Olpe and Chelsey Figge of Onaga. Augustus Anders of Chapman and Jansyn Van Horn from Garfield each were awarded $1,250 scholarships. Receiving $1,000 scholarships were Brittney Houck of Americus and Jaid Runft from Scandia. Since the inception of the KJLS scholarship program 20 years ago, a total of 268 exhibitors have been awarded $348,600.
     In addition to KLA, K-State and the Agri-Business Council of Wichita, dozens of volunteers help organize and put on the show.