Area youth to participate in junior livestock show
Submitted by Scarlett Hagins
More than 800 youth from 93 counties have entered 2,026 head of livestock in the 86th annual Kansas Junior Livestock Show (KJLS). The total includes 125 market steers, 363 breeding heifers, 245 market hogs, 313 breeding gilts, 308 market lambs, 294 breeding ewes, 203 market goats and 175 commercial doe kids. The statewide event will be held Oct. 5-7 at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson.
Area youth participating and their categories include the following:
Nemaha County: Addie Haverkamp of Bern, Angus Heifer, Beef Showmanship and LEAD – Intermediate LEAD; Dane Haverkamp of Bern, Market Steer, Angus Heifer, Beef Showmanship and LEAD – Intermediate LEAD; Sullivan Haverkamp of Bern, Angus Heifer, Beef Showmanship and LEAD – Junior LEAD; Lane Mosteller of Seneca, Market Barrow, Hampshire Gilt and Swine Showmanship; and Madilyn Mosteller of Seneca, Market Barrow, Yorkshire Gilt and Swine Showmanship.
Brown County: Tayler Bacon of Hiawatha, Shorthorn Plus Heifer and Beef Showmanship; Aden Geisendorf ofHiawatha, Simmental Pct Heifer, Beef Showmanship, Shorthorn Heifer and MainTainer Heifer; Annika Reschke of Hiawatha, Shorthorn Heifer and Beef Showmanship; Jacob Rieger of Powhattan, Market Steer and Lim-Flex Heifer; Tess Wolney of Hiawatha, Market Steer and Beef Showmanship.
KJLS will award cash to exhibitors of the top five animals in both market and breeding shows in all four species. Direct cash payouts will range from $4,000 to $500 for steers; $1,000 to $300 for heifers; $2,000 to $500 for market hogs; $750 to $250 for breeding gilts; $2,000 to $300 for market lambs; $500 to $50 for registered ewes; $500 to $100 for commercial ewes; $2,000 to $400 for market goats; and $750 to $200 for commercial doe kids.
KJLS will present scholarships to exhibitors during the show who have excelled academically, in community service and in 4-H/FFA. This is the 26th year for the scholarship program, which has awarded a total of $431,000 to 313 exhibitors since 1993. Last year, a total of $20,000 was awarded to eight exhibitors.
Separate from the selection of species champions, a showmanship contest will be held. The top showman in the junior, intermediate and senior divisions of each species will receive a silver belt buckle. Prizes also will be awarded for second through fifth place in each division.
KJLS will again offer the LEAD Challenge, which is an educational and advocacy event that provides an opportunity for exhibitors to learn about current industry issues and apply that information in a competitive environment. Exhibitors will be divided into three age divisions: junior, intermediate and senior. All will participate in the LEAD Listen and Learn, showmanship, skills stations and an interview. There are 23 juniors, 47 intermediates and 31 seniors entered in this year’s challenge.
The Kansas Livestock Foundation (KLF) again will sponsor a club calf show and sale during KJLS. Steer and heifer prospects from some of the top club calf producers in the Midwest will be consigned. The event will take place Oct. 6. Sale commission proceeds will go toward KLF Youth in Agriculture scholarships.
The Mid-America Classic Collegiate Livestock Judging Contest will be held Oct. 5 in conjunction with KJLS. This event, which has been held for more than 30 years, provides competitors the opportunity to sharpen their livestock evaluation skills; develop their critical thinking and decision-making abilities; and refine their public speaking skills.
KLA and Kansas State University serve as the major sponsors of the show. Additional 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.