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Karli Neher

We caught up with Ms, Karli Neher exhibitor of the Reserve Supreme Ewe at the 2023 Kansas State Fair. Learn a little more about Karli below!

Age: 18

Grade: Freshman College

How do you stay focused on reaching your goal?
I try to remember why I started. This helps me refocus on what I’m doing and gives me perspective when I don’t have motivation.

Do you show any other species besides sheep? If so, what other species?
I also show goats. I used to say I was a goat showman who happened to show sheep, but I guess that’s not the case anymore.

What’s your favorite show? and why?
I love jackpots! I enjoy not having to completely move into a new facility for a week. Being able to show out of the trailer and then going home is the best! I show on an incredible circuit of jackpots in North Central Kansas that has incredible people on it.

What do you do to celebrate after a big win?
Ice cream with the whole family! My family is a big ice cream, and you can usually find us celebrating with ice cream regardless of how the day goes.

What has showing livestock taught you?
Showing livestock has taught me to be flexible with my time. Animals never run in the same time frame as we’d like, so being able to be flexible has proven to be very valuable. I’ve also learned the value of grit and perseverance. Showing livestock is full of setbacks and how you overcome them says a lot about you as a person.

What’s your biggest dream?
My biggest dream is to leave a lasting impact on the agricultural industry. As young people in the agriculture industry, we have the unique opportunity to be positive change-makers in something, I want to take full advantage of that. I dream of helping inspire the next generation on agriculturalists.

What’s your lambs name? and what made him/her so special?
My ewe’s name is Delilah. She was special because of the fact that this year I only chose to have one lamb in the barn, meaning I didn’t have any other chances to do well. She was also an incredible showmanship lamb. She was just the right amount of crazy and sweet.

Who do you look up to?
I look up to my younger sister. After battling many health issues this year, she still fought to be able to show her livestock. She helped me not to for granted the ability to work with and show livestock.