Last Minute Reminders – posted 5/13/22
We encourage you to complete your Animal ID before May 16th! Do not wait until the last minute, and do not worry! Our staff is here Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm to answer your questions and do our best to make sure you are successful in completing the Animal ID process. Following are some quick links to various info:
- Download all pieces of the recent Animal ID mailing at the bottom of this page.
- Download a step-by-step guide to 4HOnline Animal ID by clicking here.
- Download a step-by-step guide to 4HOnline Rabbit ID by clicking here.
- Complete the Animal Location Form via Google Forms by clicking here.
- Download the Porter County 4-H Handbook on Google Drive by clicking here.
- Horse & Pony Members designate your Project Horse by clicking here.
State Fair DNA Samples and/or 840/RFID tags:
If you are missing/awaiting a 15-digit 840-series/RFID tag, enter 15 zeros in the 840/RFID tag field in 4HOnline.
DNA hair sample envelopes are available at our office and are due on Monday, May 16th.
- 4HOnline: Species Included in online animal ID: Beef (Including Dairy Feeder Steers), Dairy Cattle, Goat, Horse (Including Draft & Mini), Rabbits, Sheep, and Swine.
- Paper Forms: Cats, Dogs, Pigeons, Poultry, and Rabbits will submit paperwork.
The original Animal ID post begins here…
For 2022, the typical May 15th deadline has been extended to Monday, May 16th due to the 15th falling on a Sunday.
(In 2023 the deadline will return to 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 received information in the mail in April. That information is also available for download below. It is the responsibility of the 4-H families to enter the required information into 4HOnline by May 16th. 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 – Goat, Sheep, Dairy Feeder Steer
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 for download below). 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.)
Goat ID Day: Friday, May 6th, 6:00-8:00 pm
Sheep ID Day: Saturday, May 7th, 8:00-10:00 am
Dairy Feeder Steer ID Day: Saturday, May 7th, 9:00 – 11:00 am
Nationwide Ear Tag Shortage Statement from Indiana 4-H:
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 April. Due to this scenario, county identification requirements may reflect changes for the 2022 4-H program year. Please refer to our local county communications to ensure you are aware of those animal identification requirements for Porter County.
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.
Indiana 4-H Animal ID Information: https://extension.purdue.edu/4-H/projects/animal-identification.html