4-H Livestock Ear Tag Shortage Info

From the Indiana 4-H Program:

Due to complications involving shipping, materials, and labor shortage issues from the pandemic, Allflex livestock tags are one of the many items suffering from a nationwide manufacture backorder. The Indiana 4-H counties and our supplier have made every effort to order early and pare down what is needed in order to give the best chance possible to receive them in time for our events, but unfortunately, Allflex tags have continued to remain back ordered into May. Due to this scenario, county identification requirements may reflect changes for the 2022 4-H program year. 

What to Put in 4HOnline for the May 16th Deadline:
  • If you are missing/awaiting a five-digit yellow county ear tag, enter the word PENDING in the ear tag field in 4HOnline.
  • If you are missing/awaiting a 15-digit 840-series RFID tag, enter 15 zeros in the RFID tag field in 4HOnline.

A Note from Porter County 4-H:

The ear tag shortage is currently affecting 4-H programs throughout Indiana and beyond. Here in Porter County, our 4-H Beef, Dairy, and Swine projects are impacted. We will continue to update our 4-H members on this situation. Please know that the Indiana 4-H Program understands the situation and there is no need to worry about your State Fair eligibility.

For more information on 4-H Animal ID and the upcoming May 16th deadline, please go to https://portercounty4h.org/2022/05/02/2022-animal-id/.