Today, the NWSS hosted their first annual Junior Market Poultry Show. Like most pen shows, the judge evaluated the consistency among the pen of three. Each chicken was weighed prior to the show and recorded down to the ounce. Ideal market weight for these fryers is five to six pounds after six to eight weeks on feed. The judge looked for uniformity among the three chickens in weight, breast size, and other details like color of feathers, combs, legs and beaks. The majority of the chickens exhibited in the market show were Cornish-Rock Crossbreds.
The poultry show has been rapidly growing throughout the past years. This year, there were almost 600 total poultry exhibits. There were only nine pens in the market show today, but Poultry Superintendents, Brenda Strong and Russell Spence are hopeful that the show will continue to expand. Eventually, they would like to see the Grand and Reserve Grand Champion pens sold in the Junior Market Auction.
Kashen Nelson of Tribune, Kansas, was selected as the Grand Champion!
Congratulations to the poultry exhibitors and staff for a successful premiere of this market show!