Youth have entered 1,906 animals in the 87th Kansas Junior Livestock Show (KJLS), which will take place September 27-29 at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson. A total of 772 exhibitors from 97 counties have entered 134 market steers, 333 breeding heifers, 230 market hogs, 271 breeding gilts, 275 market lambs, 288 breeding ewes, 197 market goats and 178 commercial does. The event is the largest youth show in the state.
KJLS will award several scholarships to exhibitors who have excelled academically, in community service and 4-H/FFA. This is the 27th year for the scholarship program, which has awarded a total of $450,900 to 323 KJLS exhibitors since 1993. Last year, a total of $19,900 was presented to 10 individuals.
In conjunction with KJLS, the Kansas Livestock Foundation (KLF) Club Calf Show & Sale will take place September 28 at the state fairgrounds. Steer and heifer prospects will be sold, with commission proceeds from the sale going toward KLF Youth in Agriculture scholarships. For more information about the sale, click here.
KLA and Kansas State University serve as major sponsors of the event. Other show sponsors include Cargill, Merck Animal Health, Seaboard Foods, Kansas Farm Bureau and Farm Bureau Financial Services, Friends of KJLS, the Kansas Department of Agriculture and American AgCredit.