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What is animal ID?

Animal ID is a system for identifying and tracking all animals in the 4-H animal science project areas. Make sure to complete both sets of requirements below to ensure health, safety and fairness. Start with entering your animal ID information into 4-H Online, our membership database.

Animal ID deadline for 2021 - Changed due to holiday and falling on a weekend. 

May 17, 2021 for beef, dairy, dairy goat, dog, horse, llama - alpaca, meat goat, poultry, rabbit, sheep and swine.

Feb 16, 2021 for market beef (beef steers, market heifers and dairy steers).

Contact your local 4-H office for more information. 

Requirements for all animals


Requirements for species



Sharon Davis, Extension educator and animal science director

davis051@umn.edu or 507-369-6896

Reviewed in 2020

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