Animal Science Resources (Identification, YQCA, State Fair and more)



Livestock Identification

All livestock, horse and rabbit ID forms are due in the office by 4:30 pm on June 14. State Horse Show ID forms are due by June 1 (entry deadline). 


4-H Youth ages 8-18 (as of Jan. 1) and FFA youth up to age 21 MUST complete Quality Assurance before exhibiting beef, goats, sheep, swine, rabbits and poultry at the County Fair and State Fair and have certificate on file at Extension Office by June 1st! This requirement must be met each year. Two options are available for 4-H members - independent online course or attend a Face-to-Face training. FFA members ages 19-21 can only complete the independent online course. 

Premise ID

Exhibitors of 4-H and FFA market beef, feeder calves and swine that carry an EID (840) tag will be requried to submit a Premise ID number obtained through the Nebraska Department of Agriculture at no cost to the exhibitor. Exhibitors will not be allowed to exhibit at the Nebraska State Fair without a Premise ID being supplied to the Extension Office.As in the past, ALL market swine exhibitors must have a Premise ID on file to exhibit at County Fair also. While we realize at this time you may not know if you are planning to exhibit at the Nebraska State Fair (must be 10 years as of Jan. 1) we would suggest obtaining your Premise ID now as it will be required for future fairs and shows. If you already have a Premine ID, please mail a copy of the letter with your Premise ID that you recieved or download the Premise ID Form linked below and complete the information and return to the Extension Office by June 15. If you received a Premise ID previously, you can verify your Premise ID by calling 402 471-2351.If you do not have a Premise ID visit: and complete the form at: and email or mail to:Email the completed form to or mail to:Nebraska Department of Agriculture
Animal and Plant Health Protection
301 Centennial Mall South
P.O. Box 94787
Lincoln, NE 68509-4787

State Fair


Ak-Sar-Ben Stock Show - Entry deadline is Sept. 1 at 11:59 CST.  September 26-29, 2024 are the dates.  
No longer a 4-H livestock show with no prerequisite of a youth organization affiliate. Questions about theAk-Sar-Ben Stock Show should be directed to Amy Kelley at
  • Youth must be 9-19 years of age as of Jan. 1st to enter
  • Youth not exhibiting at the Nebraska State Fair who need DNA envelopes for market animals must order DNA envelopes directly from Ak-Sar-Ben. 
  • Ak-Sar-Ben Entry Information - Entries will be made online.
  • NEW IN 2024 - You must nomination your animals to be eligible to enter them as Ak-Sar-Ben. Nominations are to be made online by July 1st. 
    Nomination website: 
  • Entry website (Opens August 1st) - Entries due online by 11:59 pm on Sept. 6th. 
  • Entry Limits can be found in the Premium Book