4-H Livestock & Small Animal

The 4-H/FFA portion of the Dawson County Fair will happen in some format.  That format will be determined by the area health department, UNL, the Dawson County Ag Society, and the Dawson County 4-H Council in the near future.


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.  Deadline is noon of July 1.  Please note the new 2020 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 will still be due by the County deadline 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 has been exteneded to July 1 at noon.

Nomination ID's should include the complete 15 digit EID number and complete "state/farm/individual" scrapie tag numbers 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 2020 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.
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 pdf                                                                   Breeding Swine doc
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. 

As of March 16th all Instructor Led Trainings were cancelled because of Covid-19 distancing rules. We now have additional information.   

In light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, the YQCA Board is announcing a 25% flash sale on web based certification in April!   Here is how to take advantage of this opportunity.

 1.  Only offered during the month of April (April 1 – April 30), YQCA will be offering a 25% discount on web-based trainings, making them $9.

    • Those wishing to take part in the flash sale will need to purchase $9 web-based training coupons from YQCA. Coupon order forms are attached to this message or may be obtained by emailing sales@yqca.org. THIS IS THE ONLY WAY TO RECEIVE THE DISCOUNTED PRICE.
    • Once the order form and proof of payment is received, coupons will be issued and returned to the purchaser within 3-5 business days.
    • Coupons MUST be used towards a web-based training by April 30, 2020.

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.