Nemaha County 4-H Livestock Information

2017 4-H Livestock Information

Nebraska Youth Livestock Programs and the Veterinary Feed Directive

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Effective January 1, 2017, the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) will fully implement the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) regulation.  The regulation requires veterinary oversight when producers use medically important antimicrobials in feed or water to treat animals.  This applies to all producers raising animals, including youth owners of show or exhibit animals. The Nebraska Youth Livestock Programs and the Veterinary Feed Directive Brochure (PDF, 2 pgs, 542 KB) is available to answer questions regarding the directive.

Livestock Premises ID

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Exhibitors of 4-H & FFA market animals (beef, swine, sheep, and goat) at the State Fair will be required to obtain a Premises ID number through the NE Department of Agriculture at no cost to the exhibitor.  Exhibitors without a Premises Identification number will not be allowed to exhibit at the Nebraska State Fair.  See the Premises ID & My Youth Livestock Project Brochure (PDF, 2 pgs, 556 KB) for more information.

State Fair & Aksarben Information

  • MARKET ANIMALS (market beef, market swine, market lamb, meat goat & feeder calves) will need an EID tag and need to have a DNA sample submitted.  There is a $6.00 fee per DNA sample. 
  • BREEDING ANIMALS will need to fill out a Breeding Nomination Card (BNC).  They are available at the Extension Office.  There is no fee for a BNC.  For breeding goats and breeding sheep the scrapie’s tag identification number will serve as the official identification. For breeding beef the tattoo will serve as the official identification
  • There is NO online Identification process for livestock going to State Fair or Aksarben. The Breeding Nomination Cards and DNA envelopes will take the place of that procedure.
  • Families will need to make State Fair entries online as in the past.
  • Youth will have until August 10 (State Fair pre-entry deadline) to select whether they are showing their animal in 4-H or FFA. This could mean they show one organization at the county level and one organization at State Fair. They cannot switch between State Fair and Aksarben.
  • Once an animal is tagged with an EID tag it cannot be cut out. This is illegal.
  • Exhibitors of 4-H & FFA animals (beef, swine, sheep, and goat) with an EID Tag will be required to obtain a Premises ID number through the NE Department of Agriculture at no cost to the exhibitor.  Exhibitors without a Premises Identification number will not be allowed to exhibit at the Nebraska State Fair.  See the brochure above for more information.
  • Why did the Nebraska State 4-H go to the EID tags and change the identification process:
    • model industry standards to promote youth learning.
    • maintain the integrity of the program.
    • making the process more user-friendly for families.

County Information

  • County fair livestock will need to fill out an “Ownership Affidavit” (ID sheet). Deadlines are:           
    • Market Beef.............April 1
    • Horse.......................May 1
    • Beef (breeding, bucket calf, suckling calf, feeder calf), Dairy, Sheep, Goats, Swine…June 1
    • Rabbits, Poultry, Pigeons…June 1
  • There will be two tagging dates to bring your sheep and goats.  Bring all your sheep/goats that need tagged to the same location/date.  The two dates are:
    • Tuesday, May 23, 2017 from 5:30-7:00 pm – Nemaha County Fairgrounds
    • Wednesday, May 31, 2017 from 5:30-7:00 pm – Nemaha County Fairground
    • 4-H families will tag their own swine, bucket calves and suckling calves by June 1.  Tags must be picked up at the Extension Office.
    • NEW this year - All swine tags will need to be verified no later than May 26, 2017.  Kaytlyn Kennedy or Todd Zimmerman will travel to your livestock location to verify that all tags are in place.  To make an appointment for this to happen, please call Kaytlyn at 402-245-4324.  All appointments need to be scheduled by May 12.

See the Animal Identification Guidelines 2017 (PDF, 2 pgs, 256 KB) for identification guidelines for all livestock.

2017 County Identification Affidavits

All the updated animal identification affidavits can now be found on our Nemaha County 4-H Forms page under Animal ID/Affidavit Forms.