Important Market Beef Project Information
TO: Minnesota 4-H Animal Science Project Members – Market Beef and Dairy
FROM: Lorelei Finley, 4-H Program Coordinator
RE: IMPORTANT Change to Animal Identification Process
Thank you for enrolling in a 4-H animal science project. We hope you find this project both challenging and rewarding. This letter contains an important change to the animal identification process: the shift from paper affidavits 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 resources can be found here.
The process that will be followed in 2014 is as follows:
Members must pick up a tag from the office and enter the information online prior to the id deadline. Members are also asked to email or send a picture of the animal with the tag in to the office.
On rare occasions, 4-H animals will lose the official Minnesota 4-H ear tag. If this occurs, you will need to contact the office immediately so that the tag can be verified and replaced. Do not wait until county fair if this occurs.
Livestock Quality Assurance & Ethics: Pine County’s LQA&E training is Saturday, June 7, 2014 at the Pine County Courthouse. Minnesota 4-H supports livestock quality assurance and animal science ethics. All 4-H members participating as a county fair 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 on the state website.
If you have any questions about the change to online animal identification or anything else in this letter, please contact Lorelei Finley at 320-591-1650.