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Livestock ID Deadline

Letters of information along with Livestock ID worksheets will be mailed to 4-H members the beginning of April. All Livestock ID worksheets need to be completed and entered online at by midnight on May 15. Turn in any extra ear tags you may have to the Extension office by May 15. If you plan on taking an animal and don’t receive an ID worksheets for that species, please contact the Extension office. Livestock ID worksheets need to be signed by one person in the family (this is a change from previous years). With the exception of swine, dog, horse and lama, ALL ID worksheets need to have a verifier signature. We STRONGLY RECOMMEND that you mail your original livestock ID worksheets to the Extension office after you have entered your data online. If you have any questions, please contact the Extension office.
The process that will be followed in 2018 is as follows:
1. 4-H Family completes the ID worksheet (which will be sent to you in April).  NOTE:  Additional ID worksheets are available at:
2. 4-H Family self-enters information and prints entry report for personal record.  If an animal is leased (Breeding Animals ONLY!), the lease agreement must be scanned and uploaded in 4HOnline (bring hard copy to County Extension Office by May 15 if unable to scan). The lease form is available at  A copy of the “Minnesota 4-H Animal Science Lease Program Fact Sheet: is available at:  
NOTE:  This does not apply to Dairy; see below for specific Dairy lease instructions
3. Existing project animals that are being carried over from last year to this project year must be re-activated by May 15.  Eligible animals are Dairy*, Dairy Goat, Lama, Rabbit, Beef Spring and Fall calves, and Cow/calf**.  Instructions can be found in the document Animal ID Data Entry by Families, page 5, at  NOTE: New lease forms should be completed each year for all species except dairy.  Once a dairy animal is identified and a lease is submitted, the lease must renewed each year.  Details to renew existing dairy leases is found further in this letter.

* special rules regarding first freshening apply – see dairy informational sheet
** calf data needs to be updated
*And if at any point you have a question regarding 4-H ear tags, worksheets, or deadlines, please call the Office. Remember that we’re here to help!


Crystal Reith
County 4-H Program Coordinator
(507) 831-4022
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