Livestock Quality Assurance (LQA)
If you plan to exhibit livestock at the fair and did not attend the LQA training held after the Livestock Judging Contest or have not “tested-out” you will need to complete the on-line certification. To enroll and complete the course go to http://4h.unl.edu/qualityassurance. The enrollment key to log into the course is “Nebraska.” Complete instructions can be found on the website. Certificates may be dropped off at the Extension Office or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. The course must be completed before fair entries are due, July 25. To date, no Cherry County 4-Hers are listed as completing the on line course.
County Fair Entries
All 4-H fair entries are due Monday, July 25. Entries may be mailed, dropped off at the Extension Office or emailed to email@example.com. We have a drop box (mailbox) near the front steps of the building if you cannot get here during business hours.
Entries for everything except what goes to the Exhibit Hall is pre-entered including: Shooting Sports, Horse, Dog, Beef, Sheep, Swine, Companion Animals, Poultry, Rabbit, Clover Kid Small Animals, Bucket Calves, Goats and Dairy. Include Team Fitting on the Beef entry form.
Static exhibits may be pre-entered if you would like to have entry tags waiting for you on entry day of the fair. It is not required, but it will speed up check-in.
The $10 late fee will apply to all entries not received by July 25. Late entries will not be accepted after July 28.
All entry forms and the 4-H Fair schedule can be found at http://cherry.unl.edu/cherrycounty4h or stop by the Extension Office to pick them up.
Sandhills Production Class
Improvements have been made to the Sandhills Production Class. Be sure to check out the information, changes and record keeping requirements at cherry.unl.edu/cherrycounty4h. Records will be turned in when you check your heifers in at County Fair. Be sure to let the Extension Office know if you prefer a hard copy and we will get it sent to you.
4-H & FFA State Fair Livestock Entry Information
FFA and 4-H are sharing an online entry system and are allowing exhibitors/parents to submit their entries. Go to http://www.statefair.org/p/getinvolved/4h-ffa to submit your entries.
4-H and FFA exhibitors and their families are responsible for submitting all State Fair livestock entries online. This includes:
- 4H and FFA Livestock entries
- 4H Companion Animal entries
- 4H Dog entries
- 4H Dog Skillathon entries
- 4H and FFA Premier Exhibitor entries
Registration is now open. All livestock entries must be submitted no later than 5:00 PM, CT, August 10, 2016. A credit or debit card is required to submit entries.
Ethics Affidavit & Statement of Disclosure
All 4-Hers that have animals going through the sale need to turn in the Ethics Affidavit & Statement of Disclosure at check-in/weigh-in. This is to ensure that you are a responsible food producer and that your animals have not received any non-approved drugs and that approved drugs are not within any withdrawal time relative to administration. The affidavits can be found under Fair Entry Forms at http://cherry.unl.edu/cherrycounty4h.
Livestock Sale Reminders
4-Hers may sell two units with no more than two of any species of livestock. A market hog, goat or sheep is ½ unit. A market steer or heifer is 1 unit.
Market animals must meet the following weigh requirements to be eligible to sell in the 4-H & FFA Livestock Sale:
Market Steers: 1100 -1500 lbs.
Market Heifers: 1050-1400 lbs.
Market Hogs: 230-300 lbs.
Market Lambs: 110-170 lbs.
Market Goats: 50-100 lbs.
The 4-H Cherry County Fair schedule can be found at cherry.unl.edu/cherrycounty4h under 2016 Cherry County Fair Schedule. Hard copies are available at the Extension Office.