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Families from Minnesota, Colorado, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, and Nebraska gathered at the Burch Livestock facility to pick up their lamb for the 2021 Aksarben Lamb Challenge .Kolby, Mickey, and Miles Burch welcomed 26 young people to their farm for the draw of lambs. The morning started off with an educational presentation, by Kolby, on nutrition, health, and management of the lambs. He also detailed the management steps each individual needs to go through once they get home. A tour of the facilities was eye opening for many as they viewed the barns and working facilities needed to operate a successful club lamb program. The 26 individuals will now care for the lambs and bring them to Aksarben this fall. This program is made possible by the generous support of sponsors that will partner and communicate with one of the exhibitors throughout the summer. The 2021 show will be held September 23-26, 2021 in Grand Island, Nebraska. Good luck to 26 outstanding young people!

2021 Lamb Challenge Sponsors

Dr. Amber Andelt - Crete Veterinary Clinic
Seth Bredemeier - Cooperative Producers Inc.
Ron Brudigam - Brudigam Family
The Bruns Family
Kolby, Mickey and Miles Burch - Burch Livestock, LLC
Colby Collins - Five Points Bank
Rob and Jodi Cooper
Craig and Lesa Dixon - Midwest Express, LLC
Mark and Sharon Dreher - Double Lock Security
Chad DeVries - 3D Southdowns
Michelle Eberl - Eberl Plumbing and Drain
Katie Eberl - Katies Zoom and Groom
Pam and Greg Gaston
Ryan and Kristen Hassebrook
Doug and Lana Hubbard, Kaden and Brianne Hubbard - Hubbard Club Lambs
Stacy Kubicek
Scot Lawson - Lawson Farms
Cole and Kylea Meador
John and Tuesday Neary
Nebraska Sheep and Goat Producers Assoc. - Ivan G. Rush
Alicia Rehak - Rehak Family
Tyson Rule - Rule Supplements
Charles Sederstrom - Erickson/Sederstrom P.C.
Aaron and Shelly Stitt
Jerry and Naomi Warner - Warner Farms
Patty Wilson

2021 Lamb Challenge Rules


The Aksarben Lamb Challenge Program (ie: LC) has been redesigned to allow youth the opportunity to experience growing and showing a market lamb. Lambs are provided by the Aksarben Stock Show and awarded to youths chosen through an application process. Once selected, the lambs are the participant's responsibility to feed, train and show throughout the spring and summer. Participants are evaluated on their projects from the time they take ownership in the spring to returning to Aksarben Stock Show in September.

Participants will be judged and scored on:
1. Feed Records - cost and written rations
2. Sponsor Letters - five letters minimum
3. Record Book and Contents - organization, pictures, complete records
4. Showmanship
5. Interview - 5-10 minute interview during Aksarben
6. Live Placing Class

Particpants will be expected to communicate monthly with their assigned sponsor. The sponsor letters should include information about their lamb as well as themselves.

A record book will be provided at the lamb pick-up date. The record book will need to be completed with additional content added, to turn in for judging at the Aksarben Stock Show.

Once the participant and lamb arrive at Aksarben they will check their lamb in and weigh it. It will be the participant's responsibility to enter their lamb in the Lamb Challenge Class, through the online entry system. The LC class will have its own official live placing and showmanship class (separate from the Market Lamb show).

The LC class will have a program following it. This program will allow participants to meet their sponsor face to face and mingle with all the contestants. At the end of the program, the tabulations will be announced, and the top three LC Participants will sell their lambs in the Purple Ribbon Auction.

Note: program structure is subject to change.

To learn more about the Lamb Challenge Contest, please contact Lynn Gordon at lgordon@statefair.org or 308-385-3938.

2021 Lamb Challenge Record Book

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