First Time 4-H Livestock Exhibitors
Are you thinking about exhibiting at the Nebraska State Fair 4-H Livestock Show for the first time? We've compiled a list of topics that may be different from your local County Fair. The general summary may help a 4-H family in becoming more prepared to exhibit at the Nebraska State Fair 4-H Livestock Show.
Youth interested in participating in the Nebraska State Fair must complete enrollment by June 15.
Livestock Identification & Nomination
Any 4-H member planning to exhibit livestock at the Nebraska State Fair must complete the appropriate livestock identification requirements for each potential animal. This process nominates the animals for the 4-H livestock shows at the Nebraska State Fair and provides evidence that the animals are part of the youth's livestock projects. The process makes an individual animal eligible for entry at the Nebraska State Fair.
All 4-H livestock must be entered in ShoWorks before 8:00 PM CST on August 10. This entry process must be completed by the 4-H exhibitor (or their family). Fees must be paid for using a debit/credit card. There are no other payment options. Livestock will not be entered by the county Extension office. There are entry limits for each organization and each of the individual species. Exhibitors cannot bring more than the limits stated below for 4-H.
- Beef – A 4-H member is limited to exhibiting up to 5 beef animals
- Dairy – refer to the Nebraska State Fair Youth Regional Dairy Show Entry Book.
- Meat Goat – A 4-H member is limited to exhibiting up to 4 goats.
- Poultry – A 4-H member is limited to exhibiting 5 live bird entries (egg production trios are considered one entry). Egg entries are not considered in the live bird limit. Egg entries are limited to one dozen per exhibitor.
- Rabbit – A 4-H member is limited to exhibiting up to 5 rabbits.
- Sheep – A 4-H member is limited to exhibiting up to 4 sheep.
- Swine – A 4-H member is limited to exhibiting up to 5 hogs.
Additional Swine Exhibitor Information
- Pork Carcass Evaluation and Value Presentation, Dr. Dennis Burson (2017)
- Seneca Valley Virus Memo, Department of Agriculture (2018)
Check-In, Weigh-In, Loading/Unloading
- Beef Stalling Information (2023)
- Swine Stalling Information (2023)
- Sheep and Goat Stalling Information (2023)
Schedules & Programs
Show Programs – Note: Show programs will be uploaded as they are finalized and will be updated as needed. Please check back regularly for the latest versions. Show programs are also available in the Nebraska Extension mobile app.
Also See: 4-H Schedule
Please refer to the following pages and resources for specific species/show rules, guidelines, entry limits, class descriptions, scoresheets, and forms.