Douglas County Spring Sheep Show reveals winners
It was a picture perfect day for the 54 4-H and FFA youth to exhibit their sheep projects at the Douglas County Spring Sheep Show on June 2. Official judge, Gary Silvers from Atchison, commented on the high quality of the sheep that he judged that day.
The youth from several counties in Eastern Kansas exhibited 37 breeding sheep. Silvers selected the All Other Bred ram shown by Theresia Kirby of Nortonville for Supreme Ram. Allyssa King of DeSoto had her Suffolk ram selected as Supreme Reserve Ram. Erin Marie Jansen of Baldwin City showed the champion Dorset ram.
The Supreme Ewe was a Wether Dam shown by Sara Lanham of Yates Center, and the Reserve Supreme Ewe was also a Wether Dam shown by John Brown of Baldwin City. Other breed champions were as follows. Haven Bouton of Lawrence had the champion Dorset. Megan Newland of Wellsville had champion Hampshire. Allyssa King of DeSoto had the champion Suffolk, and Laura Barnes of Tonganoxie had the champion Crossbred ewe.
Forty-eight of the youth participated in the showmanship classes and the top two in each class are as follows. Sara Lanham and Theresia Kirby were the champion and reserve of the 15-19 year old class. Laura Barnes and Braxton Nottingham of Lawrence were the champion and reserve in the 12-14 year old class. Conner Nottingham of Lawrence and Chandry Kraft of Emporia were the champion and reserve in the 9-11 class, and Paris Nottingham of Lawrence and Christian Keim of Topeka were the champion and reserve in the 7-8 year old class.
One hundred prospect market lambs competed for the market lamb awards. Sara Lanham had her 91-pound lamb selected by judge Silvers as the grand champion, and John Brown had his 95-pound lamb picked for reserve grand champion.
Coal Creek Embroidery Company of Baldwin City, operated by Dan and Sherry Stanley, donated beautiful embroidered T-shirts to winners in many classes.
The show was sponsored by K-State Research and Extension, Douglas County.