Youth from across the state earned auction premiums on champion livestock and scholarships during the 77th Kansas Junior Livestock Show (KJLS), September 25-28 in Wichita. The show featured 744 4-H and FFA members from 83 counties exhibiting 1,268 head of livestock. Major sponsors of the show are the Kansas Livestock Association, Kansas State University and the Agri-Business Council of Wichita.

A 1,350 lb. Charolais shown by Taylor Crumbaker from Beloit bested a field of 120 head to earn grand champion steer honors. Crumbaker’s steer was purchased by Carlos O’Kelly’s Mexican Café and Cargill Meat Solutions for $12,140 during the Auction of Champions held at the show’s conclusion. The reserve grand champion steer, exhibited by Shilo Schaake, was a 1,285 lb. crossbred worth $10,455 to Xtra Factor, Bill Barr & Co., Watercress Development, Life Products, Frederick Sales, MicroBeef, Coby Tresner, Westway, Vi-Cor, Qualitech, The Hartford Co. and State Farm Insurance/Jim Maddox.

Fourteen-year-old Taten Schlochtermeier of Russell guided her 280 lb. crossbred to the grand champion KJLS market hog title. Cargill Meat Solutions paid $1,692 for Schlochtermeier’s entry during the premium sale. A 280 lb. crossbred owned by Quinton Wuthnow, Manchester, was the reserve grand champion market hog of the 271-head show. D & C Enterprises placed a final bid of $2,294 on Wuthnow’s hog.

Taylor Harrison from Spring Hill exhibited the grand champion market lamb, a 139 lb. crossbred that brought $4,177 during the Auction of Champions. Southwestern Remodeling of Wichita was the buyer. The reserve grand champion market lamb, a 147 lb. Hampshire worth $2,169 to State Farm Insurance/Jim Maddox and Kansas Feeds, was shown by Kylie Naber of Osborne. A total of 258 lambs was shown at KJLS.

Eleven-year-old Mattie Shafer from Rozel received grand champion honors with her meat goat. Shafer’s goat, besting 157 others to claim the top prize, weighed 94 lbs. and was worth $2,709 to S.O.W. Corporation. Lindsey Pease from Chetopa exhibited the reserve, which weighed 104 lbs. Elanco, Agritek and Ted Crist placed a final bid of $1,040 on Pease’s goat.

Prior to the Auction of Champions, KJLS presented $18,950 in scholarships to 15 exhibitors. Dustin Aherin from Phillipsburg and Garrett Lister from Marysville both received $2,000 scholarships. Reagan Kays of Weir and Sam Ehrlich of Marion each were awarded $1,750. Those receiving $1,500 scholarships were: Hilary Saathoff, Tonganoxie; Brianna Zimmerman, Sterling; and Kari Thiessen, Whitewater. Cortney Nagel from Wamego was awarded $1,200. Jeff Cather of Anthony and Abby Guenther of Ottawa both received $1,000 scholarships. Exhibitors earning $750 stipends were: Elizabeth Forsyth, Abilene; Kasandra Huser, Victoria; Seth Bredemeier, Colby; Cheyenne Wiley, Fort Scott; and Russell Rezac, Onaga.