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About the Calf Challenge Program

The Aksarben Calf Challenge Program, held annually in conjunction with Aksarben Stock Show, provides youth an opportunity to showcase their knowledge of the beef industry and their ability to raise a market steer. The steers are provided by Aksarben Stock Show. Youth are selected through an application process.

Calf Challenge recipients must have exhibited at the previous year’s Aksarben Stock Show and have at least one year of exhibiting eligibility remaining. In order to successfully complete the project, participants have several requirements including: correspondence with their assigned sponsor, record keeping, animal management, interview skills and participation in the current Aksarben Stock Show.

To learn more about the Calf Challenge Program, please contact Shelby Leonhard at or 785-840-6752

2018 Champion Calf Challenge

2018 Champion Calf Challenge

Champion Calf Challenge - $11,500 shown by Kali Stratman from West Point, NE; purchased 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

Reserve Champion Calf Challenge - $10,000 shown by Katelyn Penrson from Dixon, NE; purchased 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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