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Beef & Dairy Steer ID Deadline February 15th

For the fourth year, Minnesota 4-H is using its online enrollment system, 4HOnline, to record all animal identifications.  4HOnline has the capability to track animal ownership and identification data.  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


The process that will be followed in 2017 is as follows:

4-H Family picks up MN 4-H ear tags and tag applicator from the County Extension Office.
4-H Family puts tag in animal’s ear by February 15 and completes the information worksheet.
4-H Family self-enters information into 4HOnline and prints entry report for personal record.  NOTE:  Data entry must be completed by 11:59 pm, February 15, 2017; you will not be able complete identification after that point.
If your family cannot self-enter the animal identification data:  4-H Family brings in completed worksheet, including signature(s) to County Extension Office by due date*.  This worksheet will be kept on file in the Extension Office.  Within one week, Support Staff or a designated volunteer enters info online into your family’s 4HOnline account.  After that, your family may view the information in 4HOnline to check for accuracy. Users guides for viewing ID’d animals in 4HOnline are available at  The County Extension Office must be notified of any discrepancies by June 1st.

*All market beef and dairy steers need to be identified February 15.


Online ID’ing (4HOnline) user assistance and support

A user guide is available at
For assistance with the online ID process, contact your county extension staff.
In addition, an ID helpline will be available as follows:
Monday, February 13, 4:30 - 9 pm, 612-840-1300
Tuesday, February 14, 4:30 - 9 pm, 507-438-6898
Wednesday, February 15, 4-12 midnight, 218-232-4975
On rare occasions, 4-H animals will lose the official Minnesota 4-H ear tag.  If this occurs, you will need to contact Kelsey Wulf asap at 218-385-5420 so that the tag can be verified and replaced.  Do not wait until county fair if this occurs.

Two additional pieces of project information you may want to review:

2017 Animal Science Show Requirements for Minnesota 4-H details specific dates and requirements unique to each animal science project area.
2017 Beef Information Sheet compiled by the 4-H State Fair Beef Committee and includes processes, procedures and information unique to the beef project at the Minnesota State Fair.

*Note* Dairy Feeders Should be id'd under "Prospect Market Beef".

In 2017, Redeemed Acres (Dave Malone) will be providing a Dairy Feeder Incentive. To be eligible for this award the dairy steer must be born between January 2017-April 2017. If this animal is born before February 15th then it should be ID'd by the Feb 15th Market Beef deadline. Animals born after this date will be id'd by May 15th.

4-H'ers participating must do a beef interview/showmanship and receive a blue ribbon. Each youth meeting these requirements will receive a $50.00 cash award from Redeemed Acres. These dairy feeders are eligible to show the following year as a Finished Dairy Steer.

Livestock Quality Assurance & Ethics:  Minnesota 4-H supports livestock quality assurance and animal science ethics.  The State policy is that youth participating in the State Fair, as a livestock exhibitor, must have completed their age appropriate Level of Livestock Quality Assurance and Ethics (LQA&E) training.  4-Hers certified in the Beef and/or Pork Quality Assurance must also take the Ethics portion of the 4-H training.  Certification is good for three fair seasons.  Additional information concerning any LQA&E training in our area will be listed in upcoming 4-H newsletters or can be found at

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