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2013 State Fair Animal Self Identification Procedures Outlined

2013 State Fair Animal Self Identification Procedures Outlined
Exhibitors wishing to exhibit junior market steers at the 2013 Fair will need to selfidentify their animals with an official RFID identification tag.

Animal identification request forms are available at Request forms must be sent or delivered to Wisconsin State Fair with proper fees. Upon processing identification requests,

Wisconsin State Fair will send RFID (Allflex) identification tag(s), identification documentation and DNA sample submission envelopes to each exhibitor. The exhibitor must self-identify his/her animals by placing the official WSF RFID tag in the animal's ear, collecting a DNA sample (hair) and completing the animal identification documentation form. DNA samples with the identification documentation must bereturned to Wisconsin State Fair no later than 4:30 pm on Feb. 11.

2013 State Fair Market Animal Self Identification Procedures Outlined

Steers must be identified in the exhibitor's name or in an immediate family member's name. If steers are identified in the immediate family name all siblings' names must appear on the top of the form. Family identified steers need only to submit one form and pay for one DNA sample per calf identified.

Youth who fill out an individual form can only show the animals identified on the form; they will not be eligible to show their siblings' animals if they are not identified in the family name. Cousins are not considered immediate family and may not co-identify the same steer.

The cost for each animal to be identified is $15. Allflex ear taggers and a needle-nose pliers (to extract hair DNA) may also be purchased from Wisconsin State Fair if needed.

Performance steers must be identified with a Wisconsin State Fair RFID ear tag and submit a DNA sample between Jan. 1 and Feb. 11. See below for details regarding weigh-in locations.

Identification Protocol

Jan. 1 – Jan. 31 DNA request forms available at State Fair will send identification supplies via mail.

Feb. 1 – Feb. 11 DNA request forms available on website but identification supplies will only be available by pick up at Wisconsin State Fair.

Feb. 11 at 4:30 p.m. Last day DNA samples may be submitted. Must be postmarked or delivered to Wisconsin State Fair Park no later than 4:30 p.m., on Feb 11.

Performance Division Identification Sites

Exhibitors wishing to enter the performance division must take their steers to one of the following identification sites to get weighed. Performance steers must have been identified by Feb.  11 with a WSF RFID ear tag and have submitted a DNA sample.

March 2 – Equity Livestock Richland Center 9 to 10 a.m.
Contact: TBA

March 2 – Equity Farmers Exchange Marion 9 to 10 a.m.
Contact: Diane Jarvais 715.630.0811

March 9 – Equity Livestock Altoona 9 to 10 a.m.
Contact: Brandon Boettcher 715.533.2470

March 9 – Milwaukee Stockyards Reeseville 9 to 10 a.m.
Contact: Kim Johnson 262.573.4019

Do not go to Performance Weigh-In Sites without official Wisconsin State Fair RFID tags placed in the steer(s) ear(s).

Source: Wisconsin State Fair
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