Sixth Annual Walnut River Showdown

 April 13 was a cold blustery day that got colder through the day! But the cold grey clouds did not deter 4-H and FFA members, and parents, from hauling their show cattle to the Butler County Fairgrounds for the Sixth Annual Walnut River Showdown.
Twenty nine exhibitors from across south central Kansas arrived with 46 head of cattle to compete for prize money in the steer and heifer classes and buckles in showmanship. Chris Mullinix, Kansas State University, Instructor in Animal Science and head Livestock Judging Coach, was the judge for the 2019 Showdown.
The winners were:
Champion Heifer Drive:
1. Parker Schwarz (LaCynge, KS) – Maintainer
2. Aubry McCurry (Burrton, KS) – Angus
3. Shelby Henley (Valley Center, KS) – Maintainer
4. Sydnee Shive (Mt Hope, KS) – Simmental
5. Jaylynn Birk (Yates Center, KS) – Commercial
Butler Heifer Drive:
1. Shelby Henley -- Maintainer
2. Macy Lewis -- Angus
3. Sophia McCune – Shorthorn
Champion Steer Drive:
1. Ava Combs (Hutchinson, KS) – Continental AOB Chianina
2. Jase Beltz (Canton, KS) – Light  Weight Crossbred
3. Victoria Watchous (Newton, KS) Light Weight Crossbred
4. Parker Schwarz (LaCygne, KS) Market Heifer
5. Sydnee Shive (Mt Hope, KS) Maintainer

Butler Steer Drive:
1. Macy Lewis – Angus
2. Brandy Rigg -- Continental – Chianina
3. Shelby Henley – Simmental
4. Madison Wooderson – Heavy Weight Crossbred
5. Tucker Wooderson – Heavy Weight Crossbred

The Walnut River Showdown is sponsored by the Butler County Youth Livestock Foundation (BCYLF). The purpose of the Foundation is to promote training and skill development, leadership, livestock management and animal husbandry.
The 2019 Showdown was only possible because of the tremendous support and assistance of the Butler Community College (BCC) agriculture program faculty, Taylor Frank and Joe Leibbrandt. The members of the BCC national champion livestock judging team, under the direction of Taylor Frank, were critical to the success of the Showdown. Butler students set up the facility on Friday. They worked as ring stewards throughout the show and helped competitors fit their calves.
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