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. Harvey County results are below.  

Newton  

Cody Eye — Ninth in class 8, Dark AOB Gilt

Madison Rhodes —  First in class 17, Shorthorn Breeding Heifer  

Luke Riffel — Eighth in class 5, Commercial Doe Kid   Zach Riffel — 13 in class 2, Commercial Doe Kid  

Walton

Hunter Lanier — Third in class 47, AOB Breeding Heifer; fifth in class 12, Red Angus Breeding Heifer

Clayton Smith — 13 in class 18,  Commercial Ewe Lamb; Ninth in class 25, Commercial Ewe Lamb 

Halstead

Brooke Marshall — First in class 10, Crossbred Market Steer; Fifth in class 42 - MaineTainer Breeding Heifer  

Harley Stockebrand — Fourth in class 3, Southdown Market Lamb

Sedgwick

Alec McGinn — Fourth in class 2, Duroc Gilt; Seventh in class 3,  Duroc Market Barrow

Riley McGinn — Fifth in class 2, Duroc Gilt; Fifth in class 3 - Duroc Market Barrow