Auction premiums and scholarships were just a few of the benefits for youth who participated in the 82nd annual Kansas Junior Livestock Show (KJLS), September 19-22 in Wichita. The event featured 715 contestants from 89 Kansas counties showing 1,428 head of cattle, hogs, sheep and goats. Major sponsors of the show were KLA, Kansas State University and the Agri-Business Council of Wichita.  
     A 1,322 lb. Maine-Anjou shown by Ellis High School senior Baylee Werth bested a field of 110 head to earn grand champion steer honors. Werth’s steer was purchased by Coonrod Construction, Elanco Animal Health, Ford County Feedyard, Kansas Feeds, Jim Maddox-State Farm Agency, State Farm Foundation, Dodge City Veterinary Clinic and Micro for $11,552 during the Auction of Champions held at the show’s conclusion. The reserve grand champion steer, shown by 17-year-old Shilo Schaake of Westmoreland was a 1,336 lb. crossbred worth $8,924 to Westway, Competitive Edge Genetics, Bill DeVore, Bank of the West, Coonrod Construction and the Drovers syndicate.
     Abby Lillard of Talmage guided her 285 lb. dark crossbred to the grand champion market hog title. S.O.W. Corporation of Wichita paid $6,375 for her entry during the premium sale. A 264 lb. dark crossbred owned by Dawson Wuthnow from Manchester was reserve grand champion hog of the 240-head show. MOJACK of Wichita placed a bid of $3,040 on Wuthnow’s hog.
     Shilo Schaake from Westmoreland exhibited the grand champion market lamb, a 140 lb. entry from the crossbred division, which brought $4,114 from Farm Bureau Financial Services during the Auction of Champions. The reserve grand champion market lamb, a 144 lb. crossbred, worth $3,430 to Southwestern Remodeling of Wichita, was shown by Blake Foraker of Burrton. A total of 259 lambs was shown.
     Twelve-year-old Jillian Keller of Piqua received grand champion honors with her entry in the meat goat show. The grand champion goat, besting 206 others, weighed 81 lbs. and was worth $2,070 to friends of Hugh Nicks. Kaci Foraker of Burrton showed the reserve grand champion meat goat, which weighed 78 lbs. Jim Maddox-State Farm Insurance placed a final bid of $2,123 on her goat.
     Prior to the Auction of Champions, KJLS presented $20,100 in scholarships to 13 exhibitors. Those receiving $2,000 awards were: Aubrey Davis, Scott City; Sam Davis, Madison; Jason Paine, Hutchinson; and Shynia Peterman, Lyons. Mitchell Duer, Onaga; Courtney Jackson, El Dorado; and Bailey McKay, Marysville, each were awarded $1,700. Receiving $1,500 stipends were Michael McKinney from McPherson and Madison Rickabaugh of Wilmore. Bailey Corwine, Quenemo; Riley McGinn, Sedgwick; Deana Pearson, Burlington; and Mackenzie Riffel, Abilene, each received $1,000 scholarships. Since the inception of the KJLS scholarship program in 1993, a total of 281 exhibitors have been awarded $368,700.

KLA Vice President of Communications Todd Domer says ranchers, feeders and dairymen have an opportunity to become BQA-certified or re-certified at meetings across Kansas starting next month.