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Champions Chosen from Large Field of Livestock, Exhibitors at Junior Show

2013 KJLSA combination of relative newcomers and young "veterans" earned top honors with their livestock projects at the 81st Kansas Junior Livestock Show (KJLS) September 20 through 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 honors. 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. For the second consecutive year, Sarah Pelton of Paradise led the champion Angus steer. The reserve went to an Angus entry shown by Taylor Goering of McPherson. In the Chianina division, Madylien Voboril of Overland Park exhibited the champion steer. Clay Pelton, Paradise, led the reserve Chianina. Champion Hereford went to a steer shown by Wyatt Lange of Clifton. Kate Hagans, Utica, owned the reserve Hereford steer. Showing the champion Maine-Anjou steer was Blane Steckline of Garden Plain. Jansen Parsons of Anthony exhibited the reserve Maine-Anjou. Katelyn Moore from Osborne showed the champion steer in the Simmental division. The reserve Simmental was exhibited by Abigail Dickinson, Gorham. In the Shorthorn division, Jared Hoffman of Effingham showed the champion. Chantelle Scott, Ransom, led the reserve Shorthorn. Taylor Goering, McPherson, owned the champion steer in the all other breeds (AOB) division. Jillian Keller of Piqua showed the reserve AOB.

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. The reserve Chianina heifer was led by Cody Hrabe, Stockton. Clay Eckert of Hutchinson exhibited the reserve MaineTainer. A heifer led by Luke Sankey of Andale claimed champion honors in the Angus division. An Angus entry from Kelsey Theis of Leavenworth followed in reserve. McKenna Richardson, Eureka, showed the champion Charolais heifer, while the reserve was owned by Jaid Runft, Scandia. An entry from Chase Ratliff of Westphalia earned champion Charolais percentage honors. Weston Schrader of Wells led the Charolais percentage reserve. Sweeping the Gelbvieh division were entries led by Meredith Clark of Barnard, taking both champion and reserve. The champion Hereford female was owned by Ben Jensen from Courtland, with Ty Ellerman of Effingham exhibiting the reserve Hereford. Ashlee Corns from Eureka owned the champion Limousin. The reserve went to a Limousin heifer exhibited by Logan Wilson of Osawatomie. Abby Wood of Leavenworth led the champion Maine-Anjou heifer, while Haven Johnson from Washington showed the reserve. In the Red Angus division, Jera Schoenfeld of Oakley exhibited the champion, and Grace Aust from La Cygne owned the reserve. A heifer shown by Jansen Gerstner from Frankfort was named champion Shorthorn, while Jake Nikkel from McPherson exhibited the reserve. The ShorthornPlus division was topped by an entry from Trenton Goering of McPherson. Blane Steckline, Garden Plain, showed the reserve ShorthornPlus. The champion Simmental was led by Jody Baragary from Tonganoxie, with Carson Keller of Piqua showing the reserve. Lauren Prill of Wichita owned the Simmental percentage champion and Cody Hrabe of Stockton exhibited the reserve. In the AOB division, Cheyanne Ratliff of Westphalia showed the champion. Kaylee Gum from Pittsburg led the reserve AOB. The champion commercial heifer was exhibited by Madison Ratliff of Westphalia. Reserve commercial honors went to an entry from Brooke Jensen of Courtland.

Barrett Simon, Leon, took the champion senior cattle showman title. Reserve senior champion was Hadley Schotte, Marysville. Rounding out the top five, in order of finish, were: Bailey McKay, Marysville; Taylor Nikkel, Maple Hill; and Jake Nikkel, McPherson. In the junior cattle showmanship division, Mason Runft, Scandia, earned champion honors. Taylor Dieball, Little River, took reserve. Rounding out the top five, in order of finish, were: Drew DeWitt, Braman, OK; Tanner Walden, Tonganoxie; and Clay Eckert, Hutchinson.

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. Brody Nemecek of Iola showed the reserve champion dark crossbred, with Oren Rickabaugh from Wilmore owning the reserve Yorkshire. In the Duroc division, Briggs Kerr of Dodge City exhibited the champion. Shelby Werth from Ellis showed the reserve Duroc. Brody Nemecek of Iola also exhibited the champion Hampshire. Reserve went to a Hampshire entry from Tristan Davis, Princeton. The champion dark AOB division was won by an entry from Tristan Davis of Princeton. Will Blythe, Maple Hill, guided the reserve dark AOB barrow. In the light AOB division, Alex Cannady of Ottawa exhibited the champion. Emily Peine of Princeton showed the reserve light AOB. Dillon Knepp, Solomon, entered the barrow that won the light crossbred division. In reserve, was a light crossbred guided by Cooper Wuthnow, Manchester.

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. Braden Mai of Russell guided the reserve champion Yorkshire, while Seth Burroughs from Williamsburg exhibited the reserve dark AOB. In the Duroc division, champion honors went to a gilt owned by Trentyn Gilges of Edgerton. The reserve Duroc was shown by John Fritts from Emporia. Brody Nemecek of Iola exhibited the champion Hampshire gilt. Reserve was awarded to a Hampshire shown by Kaylee Lukert from Paxico. In the light AOB division, Carly Dreher of Iola showed the champion, and Logan Wilson from Osawatomie exhibited the reserve.

Lane Mai of Russell was top senior swine showman. Following Mai, was Macy Scott of Perry in reserve. Rounding out the top five, in order of finish, were: Callahan Grund, Wallace; Logan Fuller, Emporia; and Caitlin Dreher, Iola. Winning junior swine showmanship was Danielle Nading of Fort Scott, with Kaylee Lukert of Paxico finishing as the reserve. Following Nading and Lukert, in order of finish, were: Lauren Simmons, Greenleaf; Braden Mai, Russell; and Regan Stramel, Winona.

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. Taylor Stanley of Baldwin also owned the reserve Natural lamb. Earning reserve Suffolk was an entry led by Macey Dinkel of Abilene. The champion Dorset was shown by Bret Knappenberger of Olathe. Reserve Dorset was awarded to an entry from Dillon McNickle of Mound Valley. In the Hampshire division, Shilo Schaake from Westmoreland led the champion lamb. A Hampshire entry from Tyler Bottorff, Galena, took home reserve. The champion Southdown was owned by Reilly Stewart of Baldwin. Elliot Smith of Emporia took reserve with his Southdown entry. In the Speckled lamb division, Santiago Knepp of Solomon showed the champion. Natalie Harris of Abilene exhibited the reserve Speckled lamb. The champion AOB was owned by Chance Hultgren of Junction City. Dalyn Zachgo of Clyde exhibited the reserve AOB. Curtis Hewlett of Independence owned the champion crossbred lamb, with Gage Nichols from Russell leading the reserve.

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. Kashen Nelson of Tribune owned the reserve Hampshire. Taylor Coen of Elkhart showed the reserve Suffolk breeding ewe. Cassidy Hill, Marion, owned the champion Dorset ewe. The reserve Dorset belonged to Jerilyn Nelson of Soldier. Jansyn Van Horn of Garfield exhibited the champion Montadale breeding ewe, while the reserve was an entry from Katie Schrag, Haven. The champion Shropshire belonged to Brett Holloway of Yates Center. The reserve Shropshire was exhibited by Jansyn Van Horn of Garfield. Kashli Holthaus of Tribune showed the champion Southdown breeding ewe, while Ethan Fowler of McPherson exhibited the reserve. Holly Swearingen, Lawrence, also led the champion in the AOB division.

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. Jordan Moubry, Bunker Hill, led the champion yearling commercial ewe. Taking home reserve was an entry from Jordan Weseloh, Yates Center.

In the senior sheep showmanship division, Holly Swearingen of Lawrence was named champion. Taking reserve was Taylor Harrison of Spring Hill. Rounding out the division, in order of finish, were Amelia Vasko, Scott City; Taylor Stanley, Baldwin; and Dandi Thomas, Richfield. Tyler Bottorff of Galena won the junior sheep showmanship division. Hannah Dechant of Goodland claimed reserve. The rest of the top five, in order of finish, were Dillon McNickle, Mound Valley; Kaitlynn Godsey, Gaylord; Dawson Wuthnow, Manchester.

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. Following the top two, in order of finish, were: Blake Foraker, Burrton; Sam Davis, Madison; and Caitlin Dreher, Iola. Luke Falkenstien of Oswego earned champion junior showman honors, with Tonya Slyter of Spring Hill earning reserve. Following Falkenstien and Slyter, in order of finish, were: Garrett Burden, Medicine Lodge; Kami McComb, Pratt; and McKenna Richardson, Eureka.

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. Proceeds from the Beefeater Barbecue, prior to the Auction of Champions, and private contributions are the primary funding sources for the KJLS scholarship pool.

In addition to KLA, K-State and the Agri-Business Council of Wichita, dozens of volunteers help organize and put on the show.

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