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2019 Minnesota 4-H Animal Identification

2019 Animal ID Information:

Species Information Sheets and ID Worksheets for all species are available here.

All Animal Ownership Deadlines : 

Please note that you MUST be an ACTIVE (Enrolled) 4-H Member to ID an animal.  If you have not re-enrolled, please complete that prior to the Animal ID.

Identification Requirements Table for all species. Eartags and taggers are available at the Extension Office, arrange pick up by calling 218-935-2226.

  • February 15: Market beef (beef steers, market heifers and dairy steers) 

  • May 15: Breeding beef, prospect calves, dairy, dairy goats, dog, horse, lama, meat goat, poultry, rabbit, sheep, swine. Fryer rabbits (should be 70 days old at show) 4-H’er must own the doe of fryer rabbits and doe must be identified by May 15.

  • June 1: Junior meat goat doe kids

  • July 1: Junior dairy goat doe kids

Ownership requirements for all animal science projects are uniform for 4-H Beef, Cats/Pets, Dairy, Dairy Goat, Dog, Horse, Lama, Meat Goat, Poultry, Rabbit, Sheep and Swine Projects: animals must be owned solely by the 4-H’er or the 4-H’ers family. The family includes the 4-H'ers parents/guardians and siblings living together as a family unit. The definition of family includes an extended family where the animal may be owned by grandparents as long as the 4-H’ers parents are actively involved with and working on the farm. Animals owned in partnership with non-family members (as defined above) must be leased and follow lease guidelines. (Lease forms will be available in February 2019.) All information must be submitted by May 15 with 4HOnline data. Market animals (with the exception of prospect calves) cannot be leased.

Projects in Minnesota may be started at any time during the year. However, if the project is to be shown at a county or state event, certain requirements
must be met. Each of the requirements listed pertain specifically to state events.
Identification worksheets are available here in most species for use by families
to gather data needed to complete 4HOnline Identification process. Please keep ID worksheets for records. If you have any questions about the ID process please call the Extension office at 218-935-2226 or email  Deadlines, consequences, and exemption information can be found here.