The 2013 Kansas Junior Livestock Show boasts the largest number of livestock entered in 25 years, with 795 youth from 92 counties entering 1,817 animals.
The total includes 148 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 will be open Friday and run through Sept. 23 at the Kansas Pavilions in Wichita.
Pottawatomie County leads Kansas for second year
For the second consecutive year, Pottawatomie County leads the state with the most exhibitors, 30, and the largest number of breeding heifers, 25. Johnson County has entered the most total livestock, 69, and tops the market lamb and breeding ewe categories with 22 and 16 head, respectively. McPherson County is sending eight market steers, the most of any county in the state. Franklin County youth are bringing 22 market hogs and nine breeding gilts, which represents the largest numbers for these categories. Labette County competitors have entered the most meat goats, 20. The largest number of commercial doe kids entered, six each, is a tie between Cherokee, Labette, Marion and Pottawatomie counties.
The grand and reserve steers, hogs, lambs and goats will be sold during the KJLS Auction of Champions, September 23 at 7 p.m. 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.