Livestock & Small Animals

Livestock Quality Assurance

All 4-H/FFA youth ages 8-18 members enrolled in beef, bucket calf, feeder calf, cow/calf, dairy, goats, sheep, swine, rabbit, and/or poultry, are required to complete a Youth Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) Training program in order to show at the fair.   Youth may complete the training in one of three ways: online training course, in person training class, or test out. 
Cedar County Livestock Quality Assurance Training & Herdsmanship Clinics - May 30 at 9:00 am or 1:30 pm, or June 15, 2023 at 9:00 am.  Trainings will be held at the Hartington City Auditorium Basement.
     pre-register online at  
          link for printable login & registration instructions
          help video for instructor-led training registration

4-H Live Animal Exhibitor Resources

See the Pre-Fair & Fair Resources webpage for the Cedar County livestock exhibit ID/Pre-Entry Forms.  Complete an ID/Pre-entry form for each species of livestock you will be exhibiting at the fair and send to the Cedar County Extension Office by June 15th. 

Livestock to be exhibited at the Nebraska State Fair and Ak-Sar-Ben will also need to ID their animals online, see 4-H Live Animal Exhibitor Resources for Nebraska State Fair identification and exhibit entry guidelines.

Bucket Calf Record Books

Clover Kid Bucket Calf Record Book - (optional) Bring with you to the Cedar County Fair Show
1st Year Bucket Calf Record Book - Due to office before July 10, 2023
2nd Year Bucket Calf Record Book - Due to office before July 10, 2023
Bucket Calf Project Requirements & Possible Interview Questions
Bucket Calf Project Guide  (22 pages)

Other Resources Available

Dog Showmanship Patterns YouTube
Companion Animals Webpage - dogs, cats, and household pets - includes vaccination certification forms and educational resources

Poultry Exhibiting 4-H Manual - EC282 explains how to prepare your bird for fair exhibit and showmanship guidelines
       What is a Poultry Showmanship Presentation
       Components of a Poultry Showmanship Presentation
       Components of a Poultry Showmanship Presentation Part 2
       Washing & Grooming 4-H Poultry    
       Example of Poultry Showmanship      
       Example of Poultry Showmanship 2     
       Final Thoughts on Poultry Showmanship
       Poultry Showmanship Scoresheet 

4-H Animal Identification Guidelines 

Livestock Achievement Program is designed to promote all educational aspects of 4-H livestock projects including selection, production, leadership, and exhibition by recognizing youth striving to improve in their livestock project knowledge and leadership.
Livestock Information Series - a resource to gain knowledge in various livestock-related topic areas in production and meat science
Nebraska 4-H Fed Steer Challenge - for youth 4-H age 14-18
Emergency Animal Removal Release Fillable Form
to remove livestock from fairgrounds
NE4H9020- Nebraska 4-H Animal Project Record  doc 
NE4H9030- Nebraska 4-H Companion Animal Project Record  doc  
NE4H9010- Nebraska 4-H Project Record  doc