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2018 Champion Lamb Challenge

2018 Champion Lamb Challenge

Champion Lamb Challenge - $4,000 shown by Kaden Nelson from New Richland, MN; purchased by Kiewit

Lamb Challenge

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.

Applications Taken: December - February 1st of the current year.

To learn more about the Lamb Challenge Contest, please contact Shelby Leonhard or 785-840-6752

2020 Application - Due February 15, 2020

2019 Lamb Challenge Sponsors

Five Points Bank - Colby Collins
Aksarben Stock Show - Greg Harder
Crete Veterinary Clinic - Amber Andelt
Erickson / Sederstrom P.C. - Charles Sederstrom
Cooperative Producers Inc. - Seth Bredemeier
Renee Rollings
Midwest Express Inc - Craig & Lisa Dixson
Farmers National Company - Jerry & Naomi Warner
Eberl Plumbing & Drain - Michelle Eberl
Kirchmann Media Group - Gretchen Kirchmann
Pam & Greg Gaston
UNL Extension - Kelly & Staci Bruns
Prairie Winds Livestock - Jami Lundquist
Aksarben Foundation - Sandra & Jim Redding
Wolf Show Pigs - Jeff Wolf

2020 Lamb Challenge Program

  • The purpose of the Lamb Challenge Program is to provide an educational, interesting and competitive feature for youth at the Aksarben Stock Show.
  • The youth must be 9 years of age by January 1st, 2020 and no older than 19 years of age on January 1st, 2020.
  • Previous Lamb Challenge participants are eligible to re-apply as long as they have not been selected to participate in the Purple Ribbon Auction with a previous Lamb Challenge Lamb.
To Apply
  • To apply for the Lamb Challenge Program 2019, eligible youth will make entry on a special Lamb Challenge Application Form provided online at
  • Applications must be submitted by February 1st of the current year to be eligible for the program.
  • will be part of the Lamb Challenge Program.
Release Time
  • Lamb Challenge lambs will not be released. All Lamb Challenge lambs go to harvest.

  • Each contestant that is accepted will receive a lamb at a later date, but will pay back to the Aksarben Lamb Challenge Program. Approximately 33% of the sale price of the production phase lamb to perpetuate the program.
  • Contestants will be screened and selected based on their essay question answers on their applications. These questions will be evaluated by Aksarben staff.
  • Applications must be submitted to by February 1st, of the current year.
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