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4-H Dairy and Dairy Goats - Renewing Currently ID'ed Animals for 2014

February 10, 2014

TO:       Murray County 4-H Animal Science Project Members – Dairy and Dairy Goat
FROM:  Mike Boersma 
RE:       IMPORTANT information about currently ID’d dairy cattle and dairy goats

Thank you for your past enrollment in the dairy and/or dairy goat projects. We hope you find these projects both challenging and rewarding. This letter contains an important change to the animal identification process as we make the shift from paper affidavits (ID forms) to online animal identification.

Minnesota 4-H is using its online enrollment system, 4HOnline, to record all animal identifications in 2014.  4HOnline has the capability to track animal ownership and identification data and has been used successfully in other states.  Online animal identification reduces inaccuracies and inefficiencies that were a part of our past paper system.  More information and a 4HOnline user guide can be found at

Please note that this letter is only about existing ID forms (animals currently identified as 4-H projects). The process for ID’ing new project animals will be released sometime in late February and posted online at

However, dairy and dairy goat animals must be ID’d before first freshening. If you have an animal that is due to freshen before the “new animal” ID process opens up, you still MUST ID that animal with your county extension office BEFORE it freshens. The ID form for this is available from your county extension staff or online at  

As mentioned above, all currently ID’d dairy and dairy goat animals must be re-verified and entered into 4HOnline.  This will require you to review all existing ID’s and indicate which animals are still 4-H projects and which ID forms can be removed (once removed, they cannot be re-added later).

Enclosed with this letter, you will find a listing of all the dairy animals we currently have on file for your family.  Please go through this list carefully.  If there is any missing information for animals, please add it to the form.  In addition, please review the list and cross off any animals that you either no longer own or animals that you know you will not be showing and therefore do not need their file transferred to the new online system. 

Removing unneeded animals is a crucial step for our office in this initial set-up, since entering these existing animals into the new system is a multi-step process (it will be much simpler moving forward with NEW animals).  So, please assist us in lightening the workload by indicating any and all existing animals that do not need to be transferred to the new online system.

Please return your list of animals with corrections and deletions by FRIDAY, MARCH 7 so we can begin the process of transferring to the new system.  If you have any questions, please call (836-6927) or email the office (

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