Current Otoe County 4-H News:

2018 Otoe County Fair

The 2018 Otoe County Fair will be held Thursday, July 26th through Sunday, July 29th.  The theme for the 2018 Fair is "All Roads Lead to the Fair".

2018 Otoe County 4-H Enrollment

May 1st is the deadline to enroll in Otoe County 4-H each year.  Everyone (4-H'ers and leaders) must re-enroll at this online site each year to be in 4-H .  This site opens mid October each year for the next year's enrollment.

Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA)

All 4-H members enrolled in the beef, dairy goat, meat goat, poultry, rabbit, sheep and swine projects must complete this each year by June 15th.  You can complete your on-line training anytime between now and June 15th.  Here are more detailed instructions:

Before beginning the YQCA, you MUST be enrolled in Otoe County 4-H for 2018. After you are enrolled and approved here are the steps to complete the Quality Assurance:

1)   Go to

2)   On the left side of screen, you will see 4-H Online Sign In.  Click on Sign in with 4HOnline (blue bar)

3)   In drop down menu, select Nebraska 4-H Youth Development and click on Select Organization (blue bar)

4)   On the login screen, you will use your FAMILY 4HOnline email and password to log in. 

5)   Next, you will see a drop down box with active family members.  Select family member’s name and click Select member.

6)   Click on the appropriate course

7)   Click on Purchase Course (red bar)

8)   Select payment method and pay with credit card

Otoe County 4-H Shooting Sports Club 

If you are interested in joining the Otoe County 4-H Shooting Sports 4-H Club please contact one of the following Certified Shooting Sports Leaders for Otoe County.

Junior Grotrian - Archery - 402-269-5591 

Sherlyn Damme - BB Gun & Air Rifle - 402-269-5668

Nate Davis - Shotgun - 402-209-3238

Premise ID required for all animals with an EID tag

New in 2017 is that all animals that have and EID tag (beef, swine, sheep and goats) are required to have a Premises ID number through the Nebraska Department of Agriculture. 

Beef Shows will be Blow and Go

The Otoe County 4-H Council voted at its January meeting to change to “Blow and Go” for the 2017 Otoe County Fair.  The 4-H Beef Shows including Showmanship, Market Beef and Breeding Beef will be Blow and Go.  Guidelines for the Blow and Go include:

  1. Beef animals may be clipped, blown and brushed or combed to enhance their appearance.
  2. Alcohol, water, oil, foam or any water- or alcohol-based products with no adhesive or   glue qualities, or artificial colorings are permitted.  These products include conditioners and commonly used sprays such as Kleen Sheen, Revive, Final Bloom and white show foam.  Paint will be allowed on the hooves and dewclaws only.
  3. Beef animals will be shown free of any adhesive, glue, paint, or powder products.
  4. Any compounds that have adhesive qualities that when applied cannot be combed or brushed through or alter the color of the animal are forbidden.  These products include, but are not limited to commonly used adhesives and colorants such as Prime Time, EZ Comb, Tail Adhesive, Ultra White Touch Up, Black Touch Up, Black Finisher and black show foam.

Youth Livestock Projects and the VFD Regulation

Effective January 1, 2017, all livestock producers that use antibiotic medicated feeds to prevent, treat or control animal health issues will be required to get a written order or Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) from a Veterinarian to purchase and feed these feeds.  The regulation will only affect antibiotics administered in feed or water for livestock.

Antibiotics are important to both human medicine and animal health, to reduce the risk of antibiotic resistance in both areas; producer must follow the FDA Approved Labels.  These labels determine what animal health issues can be treated with that specific antibiotic, dosage and proper administration.

The first step youth producers should take is to develop a Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship by visiting with their veterinarian.  Within this discussion, producers need to review their herd/flock health plan and evaluate vaccinations and treatment plans for the animals they care for.  If you determine that medicated feeds should be used, plan on how to acquire a VFD Order from the veterinarian. 

Copies of the VFD must go to you and your feed supplier/dealer before you can purchase or feed these feeds.  Youth Livestock Participants may visit with their feed supplier/dealer to plan a nutrition/feed program prior to getting their project animals to discuss if medicated feeds should be used and if a VFD is required.

For more information visit the Nebraska BQA VFD Webpage at:   Or Contact Rob Eirich, Extension Educator/Director of Beef Quality Assurance via email at:

Basic Information regarding 4-H:

Otoe County 4-H Resource Page contains all the information you need for 4-H in Otoe County