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Challenge Steers Get New Home

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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 23-26, 2021, at the State Fair Grounds in Grand Island, Nebraska

2022 Calf Challenge Rules

Apply Today!! Due November 15th, 2021!!

2021 Calf Challenge Sponsors

Gary Bader - Bader & Sons Feedyard
Todd Duncan - Duncan Aviation
Karol Swan - Swan Farm
Jordan Swan - Farmers National Company
Courtney Lawrenson - Ag Processing Inc
Mark & Kathi Hesser - Pinnacle Bank
Tyler Owen - Owen Foundation
Bob Barker & Terina Trotter, Scott Jarzynka, Scott Trotter - Trotter Grain & Fertilizer
Greg Crawford - Crawford Cattle Co
Mike Rath - Darling International
Parr Family

2019 Calf Challenge

Champion Calf Challenge
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Champion Calf Challenge - Ross Klitz
Reserve Champion Calf Challenge - Cassidee Stratman
3rd Place Overall Calf Challenge - Cash Voegele
2018 Champion Calf Challenge

2018 Champion Calf Challenge

Shown by Kali Stratman from West Point, NE, the Champion Calf Challenge scholarship/award of $11,500 was provided by First National Bank of Omaha and Greg Baxter  
The 2018 Champion Calf Challenge recipient is Kali Stratman from West Point, Nebraska. Stratman is recent high school graduate who is currently in cosmetology school. She plans to continue her education at a community college studying business.

Showing highlights: 2018 Nebraska Cattlemens Classic Champion Angus; Reserve Breeding Heifer; 2016 Nebraska State Fair, Breeding Heifer. In addition to winning the fitting contest at the 2016 Main Junior Nationals.

Why do you show? "To hang with friends and be involved in the agriculture industry."

Advice for others who are interested in showing? "Don't take it for granted, enjoy every minute of every show like it may be your last show."

2018 Reserve Champion Calf Challenge

2018 Reserve Champion Calf Challenge

Shown by Katelyn Penrson from Dixon, NE, the Reserve Champion Calf Challenge scholarship/award of $10,000 was provided by Gary Bader & Sons Feedlot and Tom Dinsdale Auto 
Katelyn Pehrson from Laurel, Nebraska is the 15-year-old sophomore in high school. She plans to attend college and major in animal science with a minor in agribusiness.

Why do you show? "A great opportunity to meet new people with common interests and make new friends."

Advice for others who are interested in showing? "It may be long hours, hardwork that takes patience and determination, but in the long run its worth it. There are somethings that money can't buy - showing is priceless!"
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