It’s the largest amount of livestock entered in 25 years, according to a press release. The total includes 149 market steers, 354 breeding heifers, 325 market hogs, 103 breeding gilts, 301 market lambs, 246 breeding ewes, 249 meat goats and 91 commercial doe kids. The statewide event started Friday and runs through Monday at the Kansas Pavilions in Wichita.
For the second consecutive year, Pottawatomie County leads the state with the most exhibitors (30), and the largest number of breeding heifers (25). Franklin County youth are bringing 22 market hogs and nine breeding gilts, which represents the largest numbers for these categories. Nineteen Franklin County youth will participate altogether, according to the press release, also bringing six heifers, one lamb, one ewe and two meat goats.
• Princeton — Ashlynn Brockus, Charolais Pct Breeding Heifer; Megan Davis, two market barrows and swine showmanship; Tristan Davis, two market barrows and swine showmanship; Cade Hibdon, two market barrows, meat goat, swine showmanship and goat showmanship; Chad Hibdon, two market barrows, market lamb, breeding ewe and meat goat; Cheyenne Jenson, two market barrows and swine showmanship; Emily Peine, market barrow and swine showmanship.
• Williamsburg — Cass Burroughs, market barrow and swine showmanship; Ely Burroughs, market barrow and swine showmanship; Seth Burroughs, market barrow and swine showmanship; Dakota Ferguson, two market barrows and swine showmanship.
• Ottawa — Alex Cannady, two market barrows and swine showmanship; Max Cannady, two market barrows; Seth Rossman, market barrow; Macie Weigand, MaineTainer breeding heifer and beef showmanship.
• Wellsville — Sierra Hahn, two Limousin breeding heifers and beef showmanship.
The grand and reserve steers, hogs, lambs and goats will be sold during the KJLS Auction of Champions at 7 p.m. Monday. The public is welcome and encouraged to support the event by bidding on livestock in the live auction. Participants typically use the money earned from selling these animals to help fund their college educations and purchase next year’s livestock projects.