4-H Animal ID – Due May 15th

Species Included in online animal ID: Beef (Including Dairy Feeder Steers), Dairy Cattle, Goat, Horse (Including Draft & Mini), Rabbits, Sheep, and Swine. Cats, Dogs, Pigeons, Poultry, and Rabbits will submit paperwork.

Members of these projects will be receiving information in the mail soon. That information is also available at http://bit.ly/2021ANIMALid. It is the responsibility of the 4-H families to enter the required information into the online system (or submit on paper if applicable) by May 15th. This deadline is strictly enforced with a zero-tolerance policy for lateness. Missing the deadline will result in not exhibiting at the county or state fair.

Animal ID Days – Dairy Feeder Steer, Goat, Sheep

For those who participate in an ID Day (members of Dairy Feeder Steer, Goat, & Sheep), you will receive a copy of the Indiana 4-H Livestock ID Worksheet – please complete the top of the worksheet and bring it with you (this form is also available at bit.ly/2021ANIMALid). Your project volunteers will record the information gathered at ID day so that you can take the information home with you and enter the information into 4HOnline.)

  • Dairy Feeder Steer ID Day: Sat., May 1st, 3:00 pm at the Rabbit Barn
  • Goat ID Day: Fri., May 7th, 6:00-8:00 pm at Sheep/Goat Barn
  • Sheep ID Day: Sat., May 8th, 8:00-10:00 am at the Sheep Barn

Please see the COVID-19 Protocols for Animal ID Days at the bottom of this page.

More information is being sent through the mail and is also available on the Purdue Extension – Porter County website at http://bit.ly/2021ANIMALid.

Updates and Frequently Asked Questions

  • Animals did not carry over from 4HOnline 1.0 to the new 2.0 system (this applies to Horse & Pony, Dairy Goats, Pygmy Goats, and Dairy Cattle Females). You will need to enter all of them again. Going forward you will be able to roll them over for the next year.
  • For county-only animals where is requires and RFID tag, put 15 zeroes in the RFID tag field in order to proceed. (I.e., meat goats, swine, etc. that are not going to State Fair.)
  • Also, check out the Indiana 4-H Animal ID Resource page for more information at https://bit.ly/3dYgDJC.

Animal ID Days COVID-19 Safety Protocols

The following safety protocols for our livestock ID days have been approved by Purdue and we must follow them. As our county 4-H program begins having in-person 4-H gatherings this spring, it is important that we adhere to the safety protocols so that we can demonstrate to county and state health officials and Purdue Extension and 4-H officials that we are able to comply with safety measures so that we can continue to safely hold in-person 4-H functions going forward into the summer.

  • Face coverings properly worn to cover the mouth and nose and social distancing are expected of all volunteers, staff, and 4-H families in attendance.
  • To encourage social distancing, please wait your family’s turn outside. Only one household at a time will be inside the building with the committee while their animals are being weighed and tagged.
  • Please avoid congregating as you wait. Please keep six feet of social distancing and face coverings in mind if you choose to visit with fellow 4-H families outside the barn.
  • Hand sanitizer and surface sanitizer will be available for use inside the barn. High-touch areas like the check-in table and shared tools will be sanitized throughout the day.
  • If you have come into contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the past two weeks and/or if you are experiencing any of the following COVID-19 signs and symptoms, please stay at home and make alternate arrangements to have your animals transported to ID Day:
    • Fever/chills
    • Cough/sore throat
    • Runny nose
    • Fatigue
    • Shortness of breath/ difficulty breathing
    • Headache/ muscle aches