Southwind District sweeps Kansas 4-H livestock sweepstakes

The top 10 overall finishers at this year's Kansas 4-H Livestock Sweepstakes include (bottom, left to right) Haydon Schaaf, Brody Nemecek, Clay Brillhart, Cord Dodson and Sadie Marchiano; (top, left to right) Keaton Herrmann, Aidan Yoho, Damon Higbie, Calley Stubbs and Jillian Keller. Also pictured is Kansas 4-H Program Leader Wade Weber.

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Haydon Schaaf topped nearly 300 competitors to win the individual title during the 2019 Kansas 4-H Livestock Sweepstakes, hosted by Kansas State University’s Department of Animal Sciences and Industry.

Schaaf also led the Southwind District to the team win in the contest, which pairs 4-Hers in livestock judging, meat judging, livestock skillathon and livestock quiz bowl. The Southwind District is made up of youth from Allen, Bourbon, Neosho and Woodson counties.

Team champions for meat judging, livestock skillathon and livestock quiz bowl will represent Kansas at the national 4-H contest, which occurs later this fall.

Also, Kansas will be represented by an all-star team at the national 4-H livestock judging contest in Louisville. The team will be selected through a series of livestock evaluation workshops and opportunities provided by the K-State livestock judging team. Fifteen youth who competed at the 4-H Livestock Sweepstakes were invited to participate in the team selection process.

After Schaaf, the rest of the top 10 individuals at this year’s contest included:

2nd – Brody Nemecek, Southwind District

3rd – Clay Brillhart, Southwind District

4th – Cord Dodson, Wildcat District

5th – Sadie Marchiano, Southwind District

6th – Keaton Herrmann, Wildcat District

7th – Aidan Yoho, Southwind District

8th – Damon Higbie, Frontier District

9th – Calley Stubbs, Sunflower District

10th – Jillian Keller, Southwind District

Southwind District No. 2 was the overall team winner, followed by Wildcat District No. 1; Southwind District No. 1; Frontier District No. 1; and Sedgwick County.

Complete results from the 2019 Kansas 4-H Livestock Sweepstakes are available online at and the Judging Card website

The Kansas 4-H Livestock Sweepstakes program is sponsored by the Kansas Pork Association, Kansas Beef Council, Kansas State University College of Agriculture, Farm Credit Associations of Kansas and Konza Veterinary Clinic.

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