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4-H animal ID process and information

NEW in 2014!

Minnesota 4-H is using its online enrollment system, 4HOnline, to record all animal identifications, replacing the previously paper-only process. This means that many of the forms and instructions have changed - please read the information provided to you carefully.

To successfully identify animals, families will need the following:

  • County ID letters - these letters contain critically important information specific to each county (including central ID dates and locations if that is part of the county process). These species-specific letters are mailed to members enrolled in each of the animal projects and are also posted on each county's 4-H website. If you do not receive a county ID letter for your species contact your county extension staff. To locate your county website or for contact info, go to www.4-H.umn.edu/county.
  • Species information sheets* - these sheets (available below and on each project page) contain important details about ownership, critical dates, ID requirements, state showing information and more. (*The dog and horse projects use "rule books" instead of informations sheets.)
  • Lease form - this form is included below where leasing an animal is an option. This form requires both the 4H’er and the animal owner’s signature before May 15th.
  • 4HOnline user guides - these guides are designed to assist families in using 4HOnline in managing their families online ID information. In some cases, families will be self-entering animal ID information directly into 4HOnline. In all cases, families will be able to view and/or print their animal ID information through their 4HOnline family profile.
  • Instructional videos - short videos that give step-by-step instructions on how to use Minnesota's online animal ID system.
Beef | Dairy | Dog | Dairy Goat | Meat Goat
Horse | Lama | Pets | Poultry | Rabbit | Sheep | Swine

Beef

Beef information sheet (updated Jan. 15, 2014 corrected due date of Prospect Market Calves ID) contains important details about ownership, critical dates, ID requirements, State Fair showing information and more.

Animal lease form - for all leased animals (PDF)

Animal science show requirements sheet for all species (PDF)

Beef ID worksheets

Online market beef and dairy steer ID info

Instructional video

Also see county ID letter and 4HOnline user guides (above)

Dairy

Dairy information sheet (updated Feb. 24 to clarify ownership requirements) contains important details about ownership, critical dates, ID requirements, State Fair showing information and more.

Animal lease form - for all leased animals (PDF)

Animal science show requirements sheet for all species (PDF)

Dairy ID worksheet (PDF)

Instructional video

Also see county ID letter and 4HOnline user guides (above)

Dairy goat

Dairy goat information sheet (updated Feb. 24 to clarify ownership requirements) contains important details about ownership, critical dates, ID requirements, State Fair showing information and more.

Dairy goat ID worksheet (PDF) (updated 02/25/14)

Animal lease form - for all leased animals (PDF)

Animal science show requirements sheet for all species (PDF)

Instructional video

Also see county ID letter and 4HOnline user guides (above)

Meat goat

Meat goat information sheet contains important details about ownership, critical dates, ID requirements, State Fair showing information and more.

Animal lease form - for all leased animals (PDF)

Animal science show requirements sheet for all species (PDF)

Meat goat ID worksheets

Instructional video

Also see county ID letter and 4HOnline user guides (above)

Dog

Dog project rulebooks (agility, obedience, rally and showmanship) contains important details about the 4-H Dog project.

Animal lease form - for all leased animals (PDF)

Animal science show requirements sheet for all species (PDF)

Dog ID form (PDF) This form must be uploaded to 4HOnline or submitted to your local Extension office on or before May 15.

Instructional video

Also see county ID letter and 4HOnline user guides (above)

Horse

Minnesota horse project rule book  pocket size | full size

Animal lease form - for all leased animals (PDF)

Animal science show requirements sheet for all species (PDF)

Horse ID worksheet (PDF)

Instructional video

Also see county ID letter and 4HOnline user guides (above)

Lama

Lama information sheet contains important details about ownership, critical dates, ID requirements, State Fair showing information and more.

Animal lease form - for all leased animals (PDF)

Animal science show requirements sheet for all species (PDF)

Lama ID worksheet (PDF)

Instructional video

Also see county ID letter and 4HOnline user guides (above)

Pets

No ID information is required for pets.

Poultry

Lease information is due May 15 (no ID'ing process is required for poultry owned by the 4-H member and/or their family)

Poultry information sheet contains important details about ownership, critical dates, ID requirements, State Fair showing information and more.

Animal lease form - for all leased animals (PDF)

Animal science show requirements sheet for all species (PDF)

Rabbit

Rabbit information sheet contains important details about ownership, critical dates, ID requirements, State Fair showing information and more.

Animal lease form - for all leased animals (PDF)

Animal science show requirements sheet for all species (PDF)

Rabbit ID worksheet (PDF)

Instructional video

Also see county ID letter and 4HOnline user guides (above)

Sheep

Sheep information sheet contains important details about ownership, critical dates, ID requirements, State Fair showing information and more.

Animal lease form - for all leased animals (PDF)

Animal science show requirements sheet for all species (PDF)

Instructional video (coming)

Also see county ID letter and 4HOnline user guides (above)

Sheep ID worksheets

Instructional video

Also see county ID letter and 4HOnline user guides (above)

Swine

NEW! Basic Biosecurity for tagging 4-H swine

Swine information sheet contains important details about ownership, critical dates, ID requirements, State Fair showing information and more.

Animal lease form - for all leased animals (PDF)

Animal science show requirements sheet for all species (PDF)

Swine ID worksheets

Instructional video

Also see county ID letter and 4HOnline user guides (above)


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