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UPDATED Animal Science Identification process for 2020

Dear 4-H families,

COVID-19 requires that we adjust many of our typical processes and policies related to 4-H Animal Science programming. The information below is in response to the message communicated by Minnesota 4-H State leadership. Please review the following information carefully. 

Animal identification

Extended deadline

Our animal identification system will remain in place. The deadline is extended to June 1, 2020.

Our office is closed to the public and we are unable to provide 4-H tags to families at this time. If you need tags, please fill out this Tag Request Form ( and we will work with you to have your order ready for pickup when we reopen. 

Families must place tags in animal ears and record identification data in 4HOnline by June 1. Any unused tags must be returned to our office by June 15.

Animal science education

As you think about preparing your animals, and whether or not you will purchase animals for the 2020 County Fair, we want to remind you that project animals are a means for positive youth development to occur. The focus of the project should be on learning, including economics. We cannot at this time plan for all scenarios that will unfold but we are moving forward and planning as if as many opportunities that typically are available to our youth can be accomplished.

With this in mind, while your youth are home and looking for things to fill time, encourage them to explore livestock demonstrations and Science of Animals projects to extend learning. Watch this video for more information on Science of Animals. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we adjust to the evolving challenges presented by COVID-19 and its impact on our communities. 

Jeremy Freeman
University of Minnesota Extension
4-H Extension Educator, Chisago County 

Further information which was communicated earlier this year is also updated below:

1. Get started with these resources:

4HOnline: login

4HOnline: Family quick start guide

Animal ID User guides:

Quick start

Detailed guide

Reviewing and printing animal ID data

Video: "Using 4HOnline to ID 4-H animals"

2. Read about county information specific to your animal species

See all requirement details by species and class. You must follow all of these requirements, whether you own or lease your animal.

Read the Animal ID Letter for all species to learn about species specific information.

3. ID Entry Process.

We strongly encourage families to self-enter information using 4HOnline, if this is not possible you can find the Animal ID worksheets at These forms must be turned into the Extension Office by close of the business day, 4:30 pm on May 15.

4. Need more info related to ID requirements for all species?

Further information about the animal identification process can be found at

If you have any questions or concerns contact a 4-H club leader, volunteer or the Extension Office.


State Updates

Read about Statewide Animal ID updates: See what's new this year (AnSci Updates).
Leasing Animals

If an animal is leased (Breeding Animals ONLY!), the lease information form must be scanned and uploaded in 4HOnline (bring hard copy to County Extension Office by May 15 if unable to scan. The lease information form is available on the Leasing 4-H Animal page (  

NOTE:  This does not apply to Dairy; see below for specific Dairy lease instructions

New lease information forms should be completed each year for all species except dairy.  Once a dairy animal is identified and a lease information form has been submitted, the lease information form will become a permanent document, attached to the online identification record for that animal and will not need to be renewed each year. 


AGAIN IN 2020all pigeons and doves need to be officially ID’d through the 4HOnline system using a permanent leg band by May 15.  The 4-H family is responsible for obtaining permanent bands and banding the birds. Again, this is only for pigeons and doves. 

For all other poultry (chickens, ducks, turkeys, geese, guineas,) there is no identification worksheet or information that needs to be submitted. Birds will be checked in and tagged at County Fair.


Premise ID's are required for all Swine ID's. 

County Specific Updates

Market Beef/Dairy Steer

4-H members who intend to exhibit a market beef and/or dairy steers are reminded of the central ID/Weigh-In event that is scheduled for February 1, 2020 at 11:00 am at Lakes Area Hereford, 10629 258th Street, Chisago City. Please confirm with Jim Penzenstadler at 651-248-2354 if you are bringing animals to the weigh-in. Backup date in case of weather cancellation is February 8).

Market Swine

Animals must be weighed and identified with a MN 4-H eartag by 4-H families. Families should tag the animal and self-enter the information into 4HOnline. If you need assistance with this process contact a member of the Livestock Auction Committee. Contact the Extension Office to get contact information.

Breeding Gilts and/or State Fair Class Swine

Breeding gilts and animals that are taking part in the State Fair 4-H Swine Class (not eligible for Livestock Auction) can obtain animal ID tags at the Extension Office individually. Families should tag the animal and self-enter the information into 4HOnline.

Market Sheep and Market Goat

The central weigh-in event has tentatively been rescheduled to Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 10:00 am at the Chisago County Fairgrounds.