Breeding beef heifer judges: Jason and Jennie Elmore of Waukomis, Oklahoma
Jason and Jennie are both Oklahoma State graduates. They have 2 daughters, Pepper & Tylee. They are the owners of Elmore Cattle Services, where they raise & sell predominantly Simmental cattle, along with a few other breeds. ECS is also a custom fitting and marketing service for those in the purebred industry. The Elmore’s have 3 sales a year & show all across the country. Jason is a member of the Prostaff team for Weaver Livestock. Jason and Jennie have judged numerous local, state & national shows. They are excited & honored to be judging the Kansas virtual show & Thank God for the opportunity to do what they love!
Market beef judges: Kirk Stierwalt and Ky Stierwalt of Leedey, Oklahoma
Kirk Stierwalt and his family own and operate Stierwalt Cattle and Clinics, established in 1987. They have exhibited and sold numerous champions across the US and Canada. Their cowherd concentrates on club calf steers and heifers, primarily including Hereford, Maine Anjou, Charolais, and Simmentals. Kirk has been conducting national and international show cattle clinics for 32 years. Kirk’s advice is “Dream Big, Work Hard, Be Consistent, and Show Up!”
Ky Stierwalt was raised in the town of Leedey in Northwestern Oklahoma. Growing up he exhibited show steers and was fortunate enough to exhibit the Grand Steer at American Royal, NWSS, NAILE, Tulsa State Fair, and OYE. After high school, he furthered his education by going to Redlands Community College then onto Oklahoma State University where he received his bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. After college, Ky moved back home to Leedey where he and his wife, Hunter, currently manage the family cattle operation. The operation is made up of purebreds, as well as crossbreds, emphasizing in show and seedstock cattle.
Market Sheep Judges: Bill Disberger and Brady McComb
Bill Disberger lives in Wamego, KS, with his wife Brandie and two boys, Brigham and Brock. Bill is an Associate Broker and the auction coordinator with Crossroads Real Estate and Auction. His showing career started at the age of 7 and he has continued his involvement in the livestock industry on numerous levels. During college, he majored in Agricultural Education and Animal Science (BS & MS-Kansas State) while being part of collegiate judging teams at Butler Community College and Kansas State University. Prior to being in the real estate business, Bill served as the livestock judging coach at Hutchinson Community College, then later as an Assistant Director of Admissions & recruiter at Kansas State University. His livestock experience paved the way for opportunities to judge all over the United States, in all levels of shows, for cattle, sheep, goats, and hogs. He feels lucky to have received so many opportunities through the livestock world and is always excited to help youth out with their projects.
Brady McComb is currently a student at Kansas State University where he was a member of the Reserve National Livestock Judging Team in 2019. Brady was also a member of the Hutchinson Community College Livestock Judging Team for two years. Brady and his family manage and operate M$ Livestock in Pratt, KS, where they strive to make high quality show sheep and show goats for all levels of competition. He is excited to be able to be a part of this virtual livestock show to help support the youth and give them an opportunity to showcase all of their hard work!
Breeding Ewe Judges: Chastin Leggett and Guthrie Meyer
Chastin Leggett is from Moore, OK. He is the Founder and CEO of You Gotta Believe (YGB) Livestock Camps. He has coached showmen to win championship titles at every major stock show in the U.S. and at state fairs from coast to coast. He started YGB with 12 kids, and it has brown to include more than 1,600 kids annually, with over 30 locations. Chastin is a former collegiate livestock judging coach whose teams have seen success in Houston, National Western, NAILE, KILE, Dixie National, and the All-East. Chastin loves traveling, corgis, and Dr. Pepper.
Guthrie Meyer grew up showing cattle and hogs in Elkhart, Kansas. He spent the majority of his 4-H and FFA career involved with livestock judges teams. He enjoyed the opportunity to learn about and judge all four main species. This involvement led him to Redlands Community College where he judged under Brandon Callis for the college judging team in El Reno, Oklahoma. Guthrie now attends Oklahoma State University where he is pursuing a degree in livestock marketing and is employed by Griswold Cattle. Guthrie is still actively involved in helping youth with their 4-H projects and coaching them in their judging endeavors.
Market Swine Judges: Joe Leibbrandt and Brian Creager
Joe Leibbrandt is the Agriculture Department Head at Butler Community College, where he has been for five years. His wife Karen and their four children ages 7, 5, 3 and 1, live northeast of El Dorado. As a youth, Joe showed breed champions at the National Western and the American Royal swine shows. Early in his 4-H career his family started raising show pigs and did so for nearly 25 years. He was on livestock judging teams at both Butler and K-State. Following graduation, he managed the University of Arkansas Swine Farm for five years, then worked for K-State Research and Extension for 12 years. Joe’s favorite summertime activity is judging county fairs and he feels very blessed to have the opportunity to make a positive difference in the lives of youth and their families.
Brian Creager was raised on a crop and livestock farm in East Central Kansas where he was active in Linn County 4-H and Prairie View FFA. Brian was a member of the Coffeyville Community College Livestock Judging Team and then attended Kansas State were he graduated with an Ag Education Degree. Brian began his career as a County Extension Agent in Osborne County before transferring to Lyon County. He is currently the Agronomy Manager at Tarwater Farm & Home in Topeka. Brian and his wife Jill have 3 children, Leslie, Chloe and Jack all three of which grew up showing livestock in 4-H, focusing on swine. Their grandson Tyler is a 2nd year 4-H member who is carrying on the tradition of showing swine. This tradition began in 1980 when Brian showed his first pig in 4-H. In February of this year, Brian “retired” as the Swine Superintendent for the Kansas Jr. Livestock Show, a position he held for over 20 years. Brian continues to enjoy judging at various Kansas County Fairs each year.
Breeding Swine Judges: Chris Johnston and J.T. Oltman
Chris Johnston grew up showing livestock in Ft. Supply, OK, with a focus on swine. He was very active in FFA and after high school, attended Oklahoma Panhandle State University. He is currently the ag education instructor at Elk Valley High School in Longton, KS, and the co-founder and instructor of The Ag Experience Program. Chris has been the recipient of both the Young Ag Teacher of the Year Award and the Agriscience Teacher of the Year Award, presented by the Kansas Association of Agricultural Educators. Chris and his wife, Torrie, and two children, Tinsley, 4, and Kreason, 1, own Johnston Family Livestock where they raise seed stock and show cattle, as well as show pigs. They also partner with Brownlee Cattle Co. in Iowa, as show cattle producers.
JT Oltman has worked for Farmers National Company for the last 6 years as a Farm Manager of Southwest Iowa. His wife Hanna and their 2-year-old daughter, Daisy, live in Oakland, Iowa. JT has always been very involved in 4-H and currently serves as the Swine Superintendent for the Sarpy County Fair in Springfield, NE, where he was born and raised. JT has always shown pigs, mentored other fellow 4-Hers with their pigs, and now raises them on his own. JT started Oltman Show Pigs in 2014 and has quickly grown his business to be very successful. He has also partnered on a boar stud business, Jolt Genetics, also based out of Oakland, Iowa. Every summer, JT and his family love to frequent as many county fairs as they can to soak up the full experience. JT’s wife once wrote an article about him titled, ‘4-H is in His Blood’, and that couldn’t be more true.
Market Goat Judges: Torrie Johnston and Cade Hibdon
Torrie Johnston, originally from South Central Iowa, has livestock in her blood. She grew up showing predominantly Simmental cattle at all levels, but also exhibited horses, hogs and lambs throughout her show career. She also judged extensively as a youth, participating in contests all over the country. She was on the 2009 Iowa State Champion 4-H Judging Team that qualified to attend the national contest at Louisville, KY. Torrie attended Oklahoma Panhandle State where she got her bachelor’s degree in animal science and ag business. Torrie now resides in Longton, KS, with her husband, Chris, and children Tinsley and Kreason. They own Johnston Family Livestock where the focus on raising productive and functional cattle, as well with show hogs. Torrie and her husband are also partnered with Brownlee Cattle Company out of Van Wert, Iowa, raising show steers and heifers. Over the last few years, Torrie’s livestock ventures have shifted to include Boer goats and she now has her own small herd of commercial does.
Cade Hibdon was raised on a commercial cow-calf operation in Princeton, KS. He grew up exhibiting cattle, hogs, sheep and goats. He and his family were very active in 4-H and FFA. He began livestock judging at the age of 7. Cade attended Butler Community College in El Dorado, KS, and was a member of the National Champion Team of the Year. He won 5 different contests during his time there on the judging team and was honored to be named an All-American. After receiving his associate’s degree in Animal Science, Cade transferred to Kansas State University. He was again a member of the livestock judging and Meat Animal Evaluation Team. Cade was the High Individual at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, CO, and the High Individual at the American Royal in Kansas City. He was also a part of the Reserve National Champion Team in Louisville. Cade graduated from KSU this spring, earning his bachelor’s degree in Animal Science with a Business Option. He will begin his career this summer for American Foods Groups, working in cattle procurement.
Breeding Doe Judge: Sydney Baty
Sydney Baty, originally from Colorado, is currently enrolled at Texas Tech where she is a member of the 2020 livestock judging team. Sydney previously graduated with an associate of science degree from Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, CO, where she was also a member of the livestock judging team. Sydney has personally raised show goats since 2009 and her family actively competes at a national level. Sydney’s family operation, Baty Livestock, also runs registered Simmental cows. Sydney is excited to see all the exhibitors’ projects and is thankful that members of the community have come together to create opportunities such as this one for the youth.