YQCA Certification

YQCA Certificate Required for ALL 4-H & FFA Livestock Exhibitors

ALL 4-H & FFA livestock exhibitors (Dairy, Beef, Sheep, Swine, Goat, Llama & Alpaca, Poultry & Rabbit) are required to complete YQCA certification by June 15. Youth who do not complete their certification by the deadline are ineligible to show at the Gage County Fair. No late certificates accepted.

Options for YQCA Certification: YQCA Website (*note new website)

If you need help - the website has a help desk, otherwise, use this help document.


Saline County in person YQCA Training Date (Gage County kids can attend)

*A minimum of 5 participants have to be registered to hold the class.

Online Certification

    • $12.00 per youth
    • Select course based on 4-H age (as of Jan. 1 of current year)

ID Requirements

Animal Identification Requirements - 2024

ID Sheets

Horse & Livestock ID sheets are due at the Extension Office by June 15. Late ID sheets will be subject to no premium at the Gage County Fair. Revised for 2024.

Online Entry

Gage County Fair & Expo Online Entry Website

Online entry is required for ALL LIVESTOCK EXHIBITS for the Gage County Fair. No paper entries accepted. 

*NEW* Livestock exhibitors will need to enter themselves into showmanship.

Online entry deadline: July 15, 4:30pm. No late entries accepted.

State Fair

2024 State Fair Livestock ID Requirements

2024 Step-by-Step Nomination Requirements

2024 State Fair Fairbook

DNA & Nomination Deadline: June 15 

All 4-H/FFA BREEDING livestock, market livestock and FEEDER CALVES will now be required to submit a DNA sample/envelope to be eligible to exhibit at the Nebraska State Fair. With this update, animals will automatically be eligible for both breeding and market. DNA nominations will remain at $7.00 per animal. 

Online Livestock Entry Deadline: August 10, 8:00 pm. (Must be entered by 4-H member/family)

EID Placement Guide

**Nebraska State Fair Age Requirement for Livestock: 4-H members must be 8 years of age as of January 1, of the current year.

Cattle Hair Sample Collection Instructions

Sheep and Goat Hair Sample Collection Instructions

Swine Hair Sample Collection Instructions

Invitational Dairy

Gage County is excited to host the 2024 Invitational Dairy Show on Saturday, July 6.

Registration - Opens June 15, Closes July 1, 2024

Show Information

Livestock Showdown

Gage County is excited to host the 2024 Gage County Livestock Showdown, Sunday, April 28

Open to all counties and states, ages 8-18. Beef, sheep, and goat species.

Registration: showman.app/shows#/gage-county-livestock-showdown

Rules and Show Information: go.unl.edu/gagelivestockshowdown

Bucket Calf

Bucket Calf Project Manual, Interview Guide & Record Book - updated 2023

Bucket Calf Record Book - Fillable PDF, download to fill out- updated 2023

Bucket Calf Interview Sign-up - Available July 15th-20th to sign-up


Livestock Checklist - updated 2024

4-H Deadlines for County and State Fair Participation - updated 2024