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Crawford County Residents Place in KILE Shows
Pennsylvania Ag Connection - 10/10/2017

A number of Crawford County residents have earned high honors exhibiting at the 2017 Keystone International Livestock Exposition in Harrisburg.

The Keystone International Livestock Exposition (KILE) is the largest livestock show on the East Coast, with more than 1,300 beef cattle, 300 horses, 1,500 sheep, 300 swine and 375 goats in 2017. This year, more than 725 exhibitors from 27 states and Canada competed in livestock events.

In cattle shows, Nolan Schmidt of Conneautville, Bernard Blystone of Cambridge Springs, sisters Kali Rankin and Madalyn Rankin of Centerville, and William Palmer of Linesville garnered trophies, while in sheep shows it was Ron and Barb Yochum of Townville and Derek Wilson of Titusville.

In the All Breeds Champion Cattle Show on Saturday, Schmidt had the grand champion female in the Maine-Anjou breed with CSC Xena while Blystone had the reserve grand champion female, Little Miss Magic, and the reserve champion bull, CCMR Alvin. Palmer had the reserve grand champion bull in the SimAngus/SimGenetics breed with WPCC Combustible 616D.

Representatives of each breed association conferred to select the supreme champions. In total, more than 1,300 beef cattle walked through KILE's three show rings this year.

Schmidt also was named the Class 2 winner and the champion lightweight in the Market Steer Show.

In the Junior Breeding Beef Show on Sunday, Schmidt earned both reserve grand champion, and best bred and owned titles in the Maine-Anjou breed with CSC Xena.

In Sunday's Junior Breeding Beef Show, in the Shorthorn breed Kali Rankin had the best bred and owned with LPA Darla's Demi while in the SimAngus/SimSolutions breed Madalyn Rankin had best bred and owned with LPA Evangeline.

The Rankin sisters also did well in the Major Atlantic PACE Shorthorn Show on Saturday as the reserve champion early spring heifer calf was LPA Darla's Broken Heart, exhibited by Kali Rankin while the reserve champion senior heifer calf was CF Max Rosa and the champion early spring bull calf was LPA Dolly's Hot Rod, both exhibited by Madalyn Rankin.

In the Champion Sheep Show, the champion ewe in the Cheviot breed was Yochum 1622 exhibited by Ron and Barb Yochum of Townville.

In the Champion Sheep Show, for the Southdown breed the champion ram was WSFS 16001 while the champion ewe was WSFS 16039, both exhibited by Derek Wilson of Titusville. Wilson also was awarded premier exhibitor and breeder for the Southdown breed.

In the Junior Breeding Sheep Show, Wilson had the reserve champion ram in Southdown breed with WSFS 16075.

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