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Challenge Steers Get New Home

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The first Challenge Program is off and running. Ten contestants were selected from a strong group of applicants to receive their steer on Saturday. Individuals from Kansas, Colorado, Iowa, Missouri, and Nebraska came together at the Wagonhammer Ranch in Albion, NE to draw for their calf. Jay Wolf and Joe Epperly welcomed the group with an educational program that included the history of the ranch, tour of the feedlot, and close-up view of the feed mill. The youth will now feed, take care of, and keep records on their project for the next 9 months that will culminate with showing at the Aksarben Stock Show on September 22-25, 2022.

2022 Calf Challenge Rules

2022 Record Book

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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