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2021 Calf Challenge Steers Get New Home!

The threat of snow and rain didn’t stop 10 enthusiastic applicants from gathering at the Wagonhammer Cattle Company, in Albion, Nebraska, to draw for their Calf Challenge steer on Saturday, March 13, 2021.The one to travel the farthest came from Chester, Arkansas. The Wolf family owns Wagonhammer Cattle Company. Jay Wolf, a 3rd generation cattleman, started the day off giving a tour of the feedlot and feedmill. Joe Epperly, Director of Genetics and Sales, provided an educational program on feeding, care, and health of the calves. The day concluded with 10 individuals drawing a number that matched up with their calf. Each exhibitor will feed, care for, train and keep records on their animal up until the time when they exhibit it at the Aksarben Stock Show, which will be held September 23-25, 2021, at the State Fair Grounds in Grand Island, Nebraska.

2019 Aksarben Purple Ribbon Scholarship Auction

October 17, 2019

Agricultural youth receive scholarships and awards at 92nd Aksarben Stock Show

Wells Fargo purchases Grand Champion Market Beef for $15,000

Cuming County, Nebraska wins Champion and Reserve Champion Calf Challenge

Grand Island, NE –The Aksarben Stock Show managed and produced by the Nebraska State Fair welcomed with over 900 youth and 2,700 animals entered along with their families, and supporters to Fonner Park, September 26-29, 2019. Youth exhibited beef, sheep, goats, swine, and broilers along with an additional 545 young professionals participating in the Aksarben Livestock Judging and Quiz Bowl competitions.

Thirty-six youth qualified for the auction allowing them to sell their championship livestock for scholarships and cash awards. Youth from nine of the 14 states eligible made the scholarship auction ranging in ages from 9 to 19-years-old.The largest contingency being Nebraska with 10 exhibitors followed by six from Colorado; five from both Iowa and Missouri; four from South Dakota; three from Minnesota; one each from Arkansas, Kansas, and Wisconsin. In 2019, four states were added in expansion to being eligible to exhibit, included were Arkansas, Indiana, Montana and Wisconsin.

The Aksarben Stock Show is indeed a family tradition with a rich history dating back to 1928.The Aksarben Purple Ribbon Scholarship Auction is the pinnacle event and open to the public to attend. The Aksarben Purple Ribbon Reception presented by Five Points Bank was held before the auction for buyers to mingle with the youth exhibitors.

2015 Champion British Breed Market Steer shown by Tejlor Strope of O'Neill, Nebraska. 
December 14, 2018

British breed market beef return to Aksarben Stock Show, 2019

Grand Island, NE – British breed market beef are returning to the lineup of classes for the Aksarben Stock Show in 2019.The most recognizable breeds are Angus (Black and Red), Herford (Horned and Polled), and Shorthorn. The Aksarben Stock Show is Sept 26-29, 2018.

The Grand Island based event managed and produced by the Nebraska State Fair utilizes the Fonner Park livestock barns. The state-of-the-art facilities provide for ideal cattle stalling, tie-out space and easy load-in / load-out logistics allowing this division to come back to the 92-year-old event.

Previously British breed was shown in 2014 and 2015 at the Aksarben Stock Show. The past Aksarben British Breed Champions include:

  • 2015 British Breed Market Steer Champion Tejlor Strope, O'Neill, Nebraska
  • 2015 British Breed Market Steer Reserve Champion Luke Crock, Mechanicsville, Iowa
  • 2014 British Breed Market Steer Champion Tejlor Strope, O'Neill, Nebraska
  • 2014 British Breed Market Steer Reserve Champion Railen Ripp, Kearney, Nebraska

For more information visit AksarbenStockShow.com.

2019 transitions to Jr. Livestock Show

2019 transitions to Jr. Livestock Show

Legacy Livestock Photography captured exhibitor showing livestock during the 91st Aksarben Stock Show in Grand Island, Neb. Sept 2018 

November 6, 2018

AKSARBEN STOCK SHOW TRANSITIONS TO JUNIOR LIVESTOCK SHOW FORMAT

Four States Added to Eligibility

Grand Island, NE –The Aksarben Stock Show will transition to junior livestock show format in 2019. Under the junior show model, youth from nine to 19 years of age are eligible for the competition with no prerequisite of youth organization affiliation.

Officials from Nebraska State Fair, noted that the show expansion will be a benefit to Grand Island businesses, bringing more people to town. Livestock facilities built in 2010 for Nebraska State Fair will continue to house the show.

The Aksarben Stock Show will be held Sept 26-29, 2019 in Grand Island, NE.For more information visit AksarbenStockShow.com.


American Foods Group Livestock Judging

American Foods Group Livestock Judging

The contest welcomed 419 students from 23 states competing in 4-H, Junior college and Senior college team and individual categories. 
American Foods Group Livestock Judging Contest crowns Kansas State, Hutchinson Jr. College and Oklahoma 4-H

Lacey Knodle, Iowa State University receives high individual buckle

Grand Island, NE (October 30, 2018) – The Aksarben Livestock Judging Contest presented by American Foods Group was held on Sept 30, 2018. There were 419 students from 23 states competing: 4-H, Junior College freshman, Junior College sophomore and Senior College in both team and individual categories.

The judging contestants placed 12 classes of livestock (five beef cattle, four sheep and goat, three hogs) and defended their placings with oral reasons.
2018 Grand Champion Market Beef $18,000

2018 Grand Champion Market Beef $18,000

Shown by Zachary Bradford from LaVerne, Iowa and purchased by Nova-Tech, MultiMin USA, HLG Packaging, Pathway Bank and Gideon Farms and Show Pigs 

2018, Purple Ribbon Auction increases scholarships and awards by $44,500

Nova-Tech buying group purchases Grand Champion Market Beef for $18,000

Champion Purebred Market Hog brings $6,500 for York, NE teenager

Grand Island, NE (October 22, 2018) – The Aksarben Stock Show managed and produced by Nebraska State Fair will award $171,000 to the livestock showing youth as a result of the Purple Ribbon Auction. The 91st annual event was held September 27 – 30, 2018 at Fonner Park.Youth from eight of the 10 states showing qualified for the auction.

The Purple Ribbon Auction is the pinnacle event and open to the public. A reception is held prior to the auction for buyers to mingle with the youth exhibitors.

The grand champion market beef shown by Zachary Bradford from LaVerne, IA was purchased for $18,000 by the buying group: Nova-Tech, MultiMin USA, HLG Packaging, Pathway Bank and Gideon Farms and Show Pigs.

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