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Pig Challenge Program

2021 Challenge Off and Running!

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The big event, in Seward, NE, on Saturday was not the Kentucky Derby. It was the "draw" for Individuals from Wyoming, Kansas, Colorado, and Nebraska for their 2021 Aksarben Challenge Pig. Zimmerman Hog Farms provided a high quality set of crossbred pigs for the young people to take home. This highly educational program allows these young people to learn about proper nutrition, management, health programs, and record keeping. They will communicate with their sponsor partners throughout the summer on their progress and exhibit their animal at the 2021 Aksarben Stock Show. At Aksarben they will also have an in person interview. Good luck to these individuals and their families. Great sponsors make this program possible.

2021 Pig Challenge Sponsors

Thank you to the following sponsors for helping to make this program possible:

The Fahleson Family, - A.P. Fahleson Farms, LLC (Mike, Sara, Abigail, Sophia, Grace)
Derek and Christy Farnstrom
Blaine French
Matt Gunderson - Farmers National Company
Gary and Diane Kubicek
Larry Lampshire
Jerry and Tess Lentfer
Benny Mote
Sheridan Swotek
Chelsea Vinyard - North 40 Show Pigs
Farm Credit Services of America

Aksarben Pig Challenge

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

A record book will be provided at the pig 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 pig arrive at Aksarben they will check their pig in and weigh it. It will be the participant's responsibility to enter their pig in the Pig Challenge Class, through the online entry system. The Pig Challenge class will have its own official live placing and showmanship class (separate from the Market Swine show).

The Pig Challenge 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 Pig Challenge Participants will sell their pig in the Purple Ribbon Auction.

Pig Challenge Record Book

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