4-H Livestock & Small Animal

4-H Livestock Identification (Ownership Affidavits)

Nebraska 4-H and FFA Livestock Identification & Nomination are done on-line.  Exhibitors anticipating showing at the State Fair or AKSARBEN will be responsible for submitting their information into the AKSARBEN database www.showstockmgr.com themselves prior to the nomination deadline.  DNA envelopes will still be submitted through the county extension office.  Nomination Deadline is noon of June 15.  Please note the new 2021 updated ID requirements in the chart link below.

Dawson County will require paper identifications for all animals requiring ID’s whether nominated for State Fair/AKSARBEN or County Only.  And are still encouraged by the County June 1st Club ID Incentive award as always.  Paper ID forms listed below. 

The paper ID in the office will not allow those animals to be eligible for State Fair or Ak-Sar-Ben however.


The database has the capacity to accept animal information submitted directly by exhibitors as well as payments for the DNA process.  Families will have the ability to edit incorrect information (wrong tag number, wrong birth date, etc.) up to the deadline. The County Extension Office/FFA Advisors will still continue to mail in the DNA collectors to the AKSARBEN office by the respected deadline. Once the information is in the database and has been validated by the County Extension Staff/FFA Advisor, it will then be available for exhibitors to make State Fair  & AkSarBen entries. Please note, any animal entry not in the database or had not submitted DNA or not paid for will not be considered nominated and eligible for State Fair or AKSARBEN.  Deadline is June 15 at noon.

Nomination ID's should include the complete 15 digit EID number and complete "state/farm/individual" scrapie tag numbers, as well as Premise ID where they are required.

Changes can be made to the entries on-line by the individuals until the time of payment.  No entry will be deemed nominated until paid for.  Changes after that must be done through the Extension Office.

Show Stock Manager Online Nomination Process Step-by-Step Instructions


For Dawson County’s current livestock ID requirements refer to our current spreadsheet:                 4IDCHT


The Dawson County Cattlemen have graciously offered to sponsor the 2021 EID tag usage for all species.


If you have any previous year ID sheets, discard them and only use the ones below.  You can download any of the affidavits below.  You have the option if you have Microsoft Word, to enter the information into the form and then print it off.  A pdf is still available to those without Microsoft Word.

Horse pdf

Market Beef pdf                                                                         Market Beef Word doc

Breeding Beef pdf                                                                      Breeding Beef Word doc

Feeder Calf pdf                                                                           Feeder Calf Word doc

Cow-Calf pdf                                                                               Cow-Calf Xcel spreadsheet

Market Sheep pdf                                                                      Market Sheep Word doc

Breeding Sheep pdf                                                                   Breeding Sheep Word doc

Dairy pdf                                                                                       Dairy Goat pdf

Meat Goat pdf                                                                             Meat Goat Word doc

Breeding Doe pdf (meat goat)                                               Breeding Doe doc (meat goat)

Market Swine pdf                                                                      Market Swine Word doc

Breeding Swine (use Market Swine ID and at county fair check-in, indicate whether showing as breeding or market)

Rabbit pdf                                                                                     Rabbit Word doc



Quality Assurance

    What is Quality Assurance (QA) & Who is required to complete Quality Assurance?

Livestock Quality Assurance is a course designed for youth ages 8-18.  Participants learn about good production practices and producing quality food products that come from livestock.  4-H and FFA youth ages 8-18, who are enrolled in any of the livestock projects listed below are required to complete 3 courses in the Quality Assurance Online Course annually, or attend an in-person training or test out.  Any youth who enrolled in any of the livestock projects listed below are required to complete Livestock Quality Assurance annually for County Fair, State Fair and/or Aksarben.

     Anyone showing beef, sheep, swine, dairy, meat goats, rabbits or poultry is required to be Quality Assurance (QA) certified.  Step-by-Step instructions can be downloaded on the link below.  E-mail, fax or mail copies of your certificate to the extension office. 

Currently 2021 Face-to-Face Instructor Led Trainings are as follows:   Wednesday, April 21, 7:00 p.m. at the Dawson County Extension Office meeting room                                                     

                                                                                                                 Thursday, April 29, 7:00 p.m. at the Gothenburg Library

You must be pre-registered on-line for these face-to-face trainings.  And also enrolled in the current 4-H year.  Go to Login - LearnGrow to register for the Nebraska training ittled either "Dawson County Extension" or "Gothenburg Library".  Log in with your 4-H Online credentials.  Make sure you select "4H Online" on the left hand side of the page.  Select one of the trainings and make the $3 purchase using a credit/debit card.  On April 30, the course trainer will go online to makr attendees complete.  You may login after that date to access your YQCA certificate.  Please send a copy of your certificate to sfellers1@unl.edu or fax to 308-324-5503, mail or deliver in person.  The purpose for this is information from your certificate needs to be entered into the system for the state.

Quality Assurance Instructions

Other Information

Premises ID Brochure - Required

Exhibitors of 4-H & FFA market beef, swine, sheep and goats that carry an EID tag will be required to obtain a Premise ID number through the Nebraska 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.  After you have obtained it, call or email it to Sheryl Fellers here at the Extension Office at sfellers1@unl.edu or include it also on your market ID sheets.