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Market Beef Animal Identification Details

Thank you for enrolling in a 4-H animal science project.  We hope you find this project both challenging and rewarding. Due to your hard work and willingness to embrace the online system, Douglas County 4-H continues to a successful transition to the online ID system.

Minnesota 4-H is using its online enrollment system, 4HOnline, to record all animal identifications in 2019.  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 www.4-H.umn.edu/animal-ID.

The process that will be followed in 2019 is as follows: 

You may choose the central identification site or have your animal verified & tagged by Beef Superintendent/Volunteers.  Market Beef including beef steers, dairy steers and market heifers born January 1-August 31, 2018 may not be leased.

1).  Central identification for market beef and dairy steers will take place on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 10:00am-11:30am, at the DOUGLAS COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS BEEF SCALE.  Please contact the Douglas County Extension Office by Friday, January 25 if you are using the central identification option, hintz010@umn.edu or (320)762-3890.  If you wish to be considered for rate of gain awards, you must come to the central identification weigh site.

  • Bring the enclosed worksheet for each animal type (market beef and dairy steer) to the central identification location.  Have the worksheet completed with all information except the MN 4-H ear tag and weight; that will be filled in at the identification site. 
  • 4-H family self-enters information into 4HOnline and prints entry report for personal record.  Note:  Data entry must be completed by 11:59pm, February 15, 2019; you will not be able to complete identification after that point.

2).  Verified and tagged by Beef Superintendent.  4-H family will call or email the Douglas County Extension Office if they want their animals to be verified and tagged onsite by Friday, January 25, hintz010@umn.edu or (320)762-3890.  Animals must be tagged and verified by February 15.

  • Have the enclosed worksheet for each animal type (market beef and dairy steer) completed with all information except the MN 4-H ear tag; that will be filled in at the time of tagging and verification.
  • It is your responsibility to have the animal secured to facilitate safe tagging, if you do not have your animal properly secured the verifiers have the right to refuse to tag the animals.
  • 4-H family self-enters information into 4HOnline and prints entry report for personal record.  Note:  Data entry must be completed by 11:59pm, February 15, 2019; you will not be able to complete identification after that point.
  • 2018 prospect market calves or dairy prospect calves wanting to exhibit as market beef (steer/heifer) or dairy steer need to be re-verified and re-entered in the mn.4honline.com animal ID system.  If you have any questions please contact the office.

Helpful Hints:

  • DO NOT wait until the last minute to enter your ID information.  Start EARLY. Call and ask questions if having trouble.
  • Have all information on hand and on worksheet prior to going online
  • If your family cannot self-enter the animal identification data:  Contact the office ASAP to setup a time to come in and enter the information with staff assistance.  We will have a station set up for your use.  Again please do not wait until the last minute to complete the process.  You are responsible for entering the data.
  • The 4-H ear tags will also cover the Board of Animal Health tag requirements.  You will not need additional tags.
    • Online ID’ing (4HOnline) user assistance and support-A user guide is available at www.4-H.umn.edu/animal-ID.
    • For assistance with the online ID process, contact Jodi at the Extension Office prior to the deadline.

On rare occasions, 4-H animals will lose the official Minnesota 4-H ear tag.  If this occurs, you will need to contact Jodi Hintzen immediately at (320)762-3890 so that the tag can be verified and replaced.  Do not wait until county fair if this occurs.

Additional pieces of project information are included in this mailing for your information:

  • 2019 Animal Science Show Requirements for Minnesota 4-H details specific dates and requirements unique to each animal science project area. 
  • 2019 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, please read carefully for changes.
  • 2019 Douglas County Competitive Events: Deadlines, Consequences and Exemptions
  • 2019 Market Beef and Dairy Steer ID Worksheet
  • Enrollment-ID-Fair Registration Flow Chart

Updated Livestock Quality Assurance Training Options:  Minnesota 4-H supports livestock quality assurance and animal science ethics.  All youth participating as a state fair 4-H livestock exhibitor in beef, dairy, sheep, swine, poultry, rabbits, meat goat, dairy goat, and lama must complete livestock quality assurance training.

  • Certification is required for state fair grade/age-eligible youth. Must be completed before their home county fair qualifying show. 
  • The training accommodates multi-levels of learning for all ages. The level of training required is determined by the grade/age of the youth at the time the training takes place.
  • Counties that have a swine marketing agreement with a packer that requires livestock quality assurance certification may require swine members (grade 3-13) to certify.
  1. Minnesota 4-H youth must participate in one of the training options to be eligible for Minnesota 4-H state fair shows. Again in 2019, Minnesota 4-H will have two training options.   A face-to-face 3-hour livestock quality assurance and ethics training from Minnesota 4-H. These will be offered in multiple locations statewide. This certification is valid for three fair seasons. Cost is set by county/regional host. Watch for more information for dates and locations of trainings.
  2. An online 1-hour youth quality care of animals training offered via distance learning. This certification is valid for one fair season. Cost: $12; pay at registration with a credit card. (This is a national program and registration fee pays for the national training system.)

Trainings promote responsible care of animals, making informed decisions in animal care and providing safe consumer food products. Youth will receive a certificate of completion. Additional information concerning any Livestock Quality Assurance training in our area will be listed in upcoming 4-H newsletters. 

If you have any questions about online animal identification or anything else in this letter, please contact Jodi Hintzen at (320)762-3890 or hintz010@umn.edu.

Thank you.      

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Jodi Hintzen
County 4-H Program Coordinator
(320) 762-3890
hintz010@umn.edu
Jacalyn Kokett
County 4-H Program Coordinator
(320) 762-3890
jkokett@umn.edu