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Local youth show champion livestock

Published on -10/7/2012, 3:17 PM

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Special to The Hays Daily News

WICHITA -- The 80th Kansas Junior Livestock Show added to the event's memorable history with a 25-year high in livestock numbers and stiff competition for auction premiums and scholarships. The show took place Sept. 21 to 24 in Wichita. A total of 704 Kansas youth exhibited 1,453 head of livestock. The show is sponsored by the Kansas Livestock Association, Kansas State University and the Agri-Business Council of Wichita.

A 1,305-pound crossbred shown by Payton Stoppel from Russell bested a field of 124 head to earn grand champion steer honors. Stoppel's steer was purchased by Elanco Animal Health, Ford County Feedyard, Micro and Kansas Feeds for $12,544 during the Auction of Champions at the show's conclusion. The reserve grand champion steer, exhibited by Hannah Talkington of Hays, was a 1,334-pound crossbred worth $8,280 to Fairleigh Feed Yards, Kemin AgriFoods, QualiTech, Scoular Grain and the Hartford Co.

A Limousin female owned by Randee Corns of Eureka was judged supreme champion of the 272-head breeding heifer show. A Chianina shown by Lauren Prill from Wichita was the reserve supreme heifer.

Champion senior cattle showman was Hadley Schotte, Marysville, with Casey Jensen, Courtland, earning reserve. Taylor Nikkel, Maple Hill, earned top junior showman, while Grady Dickerson, Paradise, was named reserve.

Lane Mai of Russell guided his 270-pound dark crossbred to the grand champion market hog title. S.O.W. Corp. of Wichita paid $3,085 for his entry during the premium sale. A 284-pound dark crossbred owned by Thatcher Moddie, Burlington, was the reserve grand champion hog of the 251-head show. Farm Bureau Financial Services placed a bid of $4,216 on Moddie's hog.

Prior to the Auction of Champions, KJLS presented a record $23,000 in scholarships to 13 exhibitors. Grace Hammer, Wallace, received a $2,500 award. Tanner Aherin, Phillipsburg, was awarded a $2,000 scholarship. Marissa Bland of Lucas received $1,000 scholarships.

Ellis County exhibitors at the show included:

Abigail Dickinson, Gorham: 4th in class 5, Simmental Market Steer; 6th in class 15, Commercial Ewe Lamb; 7th in class 5, Simmental Market Steer; 9th in class 5, Suffolk Market Lamb.

Paige Fischer, Hays: 4th in class 29, Charolais Breeding Heifer.

Kirk Huser, Victoria: 2nd in class 10, Crossbred Market Steer; 4th in class 20, Hampshire Market Lamb.

Hannah Talkington, Hays: 1st in class 14, Crossbred Market Steer; Reserve Grand Champion Market Steer.

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