Youth urged to get state fair livestock identified

posted Jan. 2, 2018 9:20 a.m. (CDT)
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Youth interested in showing market beef, sheep, swine or breeding stock commercial heifers/​crossbred gilts/​wether-type ewes at the 2018 Wisconsin State Fair Junior Show will need to have their animal projects DNA and RFID identified by the state fair eligibility deadlines listed below.

This identification system allows animals which are DNA and RFID identified through the Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium County and State Fair Program to meet state fair identification requirements if the process is completed (all forms returned and samples on file) by the Wisconsin State Fair identification deadline postmarks listed.

• Market beef, sheep and swine DNA and RFID identification deadlines (postmark): beef, Feb. 13; sheep, May 8; and swine, May 8.

• Breeding stock: commercial heifers/​crossbred gilts/​wether-type ewes or any purebred animal being shown in the commercial, crossbred or wether-type divisions DNA and RFID identification deadline (postmark), June 6.

DNA and RFID tag identification is only available by going to the WLIC website at Click on “Learn More” under “DNA Program.” Print out, complete and mail the request form with payment to WLIC. Make sure DNA and required paperwork is returned to WLIC by the Wisconsin State Fair identification postmark deadlines listed above.

DNA and RFID identification costs $15 per animal. If your animal has an existing 840 RFID ear tag you can purchase and submit a DNA envelope separately for $10. Be sure to list the existing RFID ear tag number on the paperwork and DNA submission.

For questions related to the DNA/​RFID identification process, contact the WLIC at, 888-808-1910or​dna-program. For questions related to the Wisconsin State Fair or entry procedures, contact or 414-266-7000.

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