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The Extension office provides assistance and programs for the community without discrimination in five main areas: Agriculture, Horticulture, Family & Consumer Science, Natural Resources and 4-H Youth Programs.

4-H Livestock General Information   arrow

Premises ID:

A Premise ID is required to exhibit at the Boulder County Fair and Colorado State Fair for livestock animals. Premises identification will provide quick and accurate traceability of livestock and locations in the event of an animal health concern, which will help maintain the health of all Colorado livestock. For this program, a premises is defined as a location or site where livestock are born, handled, housed, managed, marketed, processed, or exhibited. Premises ID is managed by the Colorado Department of Agriculture.

For the 2020 – 2021 project year, 4-H members with livestock projects (beef, dairy, goat, horse, sheep, swine, poultry, and rabbit) should obtain a Premises ID. It is also required for other livestock shows. If you don’t have a Premises ID, you can obtain one by calling the Colorado Animal ID coordinator at 303-869-9130 or go online to Colorado Location Identification (LID) Registration Form.


4-H Animal Care and Housing Form

All 4-H members with animal projects will be required to have a completed, signed and approved Animal Care and Housing Form for Colorado 4-H Livestock Projects form on file at the Extension Office. This form will be provided in two ways:

  1. 4-H online – you completed this information when enrolling for those that have their animals at their place of residence
  2. Complete a hard copy form and submit to the 4-H Office for those that have their animals some place other than their residence. If your animal project is not housed at your place of residence then you will need to go to our 4-H Website, print the Animal Care and Housing form and fill out both sides of that form. This gives us additional information about your specific situation and helps with the approval process. Please give us detailed information or we will send them back for you to adjust your comments. These need to be completed and turned in to the office by April 30th.

Required Livestock Training- MQA update:

All first year members or first year Senior(14yrs or older) participants in a livestock project (including all market, breeding, dairy, poultry, rabbit and cavy, excludes dog and horse) are required to attend an MQA training to be eligible to show or sell at the 2021 Boulder County Fair and Colorado State Fair. This year Boulder County will be hosting a virtual training/online for members to complete this requirement.

There will be other trainings across the state that may be in person. Other shows may have requirements to take the trainings more frequently or to take a YQCA national training. It is the youth’s responsibility to know what the shows require. To compete at the Boulder County Fair, youth need to take the MQA training once as a first year member, and once as a 14 year old member or older.

The online MQA can be found by going to the following website and creating an online learning account.  https://canvas.instructure.com/enroll/4TLCRM    

If you have challenges with the system, please contact Brenda bkwang@bouldercounty.org. Also watch your email for specific directions this year.

Larimer County hosted Livestock Field Day & MQA

The 2021 Livestock Field Day will be facilitated virtually this year, along with a virtual Meat Quality Assurance (MQA) opportunity. Both of these programs are a great opportunity for all 4-H livestock members looking to advance their knowledge of best practices when raising livestock. The 2021 Livestock Field Day will be a collaboration between Larimer County 4-H, faculty from the Department of Animal Sciences at CSU, and faculty from the CSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Some of the topics that will be presented on include; animal handling and welfare, nutrition, quality assurance, meat science, and animal health. If you have any questions regarding this opportunity, please contact Ashley Schilling (schillas@co.larimer.co.us). This virtual experience will be released in early March. Please keep an eye out for further details.

Keeping ahead of COVID-19

This rapidly evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) has imposed an unsettling, fluid situation upon our community and its businesses. While the team here still aims to maintain a “business as usual” approach, we are making a number of significant changes to our operations to account for a situation that is far from normal.