Cedar County 4-H Livestock Information for all Species

  • 2020 YQCA Information - All youth who will be exhibiting beef, dairy (cattle and goats), meat goats, poultry, rabbits, sheep and swine at the Cedar County or Iowa State Fair are required to complete YQCA (Youth for the Quality Care of Animals) certification prior to July 1.  

  • Rabbit Information

    • Iowa State 4-H Rabbit website (Project info., Showmanship, and other resources)
    • Looking for a local ARBA rabbit groups or more opportunities that are "4-H Friendly" to show and learn?  Google these:  Cedar Rapids Rabbit Breeders, Mississippi Valley Rabbit Breeders, Southeast Rabbit Breeders
    • Take the 2018 Showmanship Test to practice for Fair 2019!
    • ARBA National Show - ARBA (American Rabbit Breeders Association) is the national club for rabbit and cavy breeders.  This national club sets the official breed standards for the rabbit and cavy breeds.  Every few years ARBA publishes a detailed guide, the Standard of Perfection.
      Each year ARBA members organize a national show where rabbit and cavy breeds compete.  This national show is held within the United States and ARBA members travel to exhibit their rabbits and cavies from all parts of the world.  The 2019 national show will be held in Reno, Nevada on October 20-23. It is the 96th convention for the American Rabbit Breeders Association. The theme this year is "go West, Young Buck." In addition, Rabbitcon, which includes sessions on rabbit and cavy health, event planning and showing is to be held on October 18 and 19. Entry numbers are now official with 10,477 rabbits entered in open and 3,210 rabbits entered in youth, 437 cavies entered in open and 170 cavies entered in youth.  At the national shows not only do members exhibit their rabbits and cavies for best of breeds and best in show but they also participate in youth contests, breed meetings, standard of perfection updates, policy revisions and award ceremonies.  Many Iowa adults and youth attend and volunteer at the national shows.
      Follow this year’s national show on the ARBA website ( at the bottom of the page. Also follow Ellyn Eddy, who created a video version (and created her own rabbit book business called Rabbit Smarties) of the ARBA national in Indianapolis, Indiana - the site of the 2017 ARBA nationals.
    • Cedar Rapids Show
    • Annual Double Shows in Maquoketa- March 1, 2020 and November 8, 2020
    • Cedar County Clinic dates: June 24 and July 1- Cedar County Fairgrounds
  • Horse Information

  • Beef Information

    • 2019 IJBBA Beed Requirements 
    • Cedar County Market Beef Carcass Contest sponsored by the Cedar County Cattlemen - all calves needed to be weigh-in in at the Dec. 15 weigh-in; Calves will be checked in on Sunday, July 14, followed by live show, and loading out at 1:30pm; Results will be shared at a later date with Premium being paid to the Top 5 ($150, $125, $100, $75, $50);  Calves are not required to be halter broke for the live show on Sunday but it would be nice.  These calves may also be shown in the Market Beef Show on Saturday.
  • Bottle Bucket Information (new for 2019)

Cedar County Non Livestock Information

  • You need the following on each of your exhibits when you attend conference judging day.

    • General Exhibit Form (required for all exhibits)

    •        Photography Label (required for all Photos)

    Communication -   Find helpful resources from the Iowa State Fair Communications website here.

County 4-H News

February 10, 2020


January 15, 2020

Moonlight and Madagascar - come spend a Night at the Omaha Zoo!  Join us April 17-18, 2020 for the 4-H Intermediate bus trip to the zoo.  Space is limited, register early to save your spot!

wendy and debbie
September 18, 2019

The clover has had an impact on all aspects of my life, both personally and professionally. 4-H has shaped who I am and sparked passion as a professional.

November 11, 2017

The Cedar County Extension Council is now accepting requests by 4-H members, clubs, and county groups for grants from the Cedar County 4-H Endowment fund.

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