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For 2020 ONLY

Due to COVID-19 Responses, Steps to ID Beef in 2020

About the Beef Project

Provides an excellent opportunity to learn about an important industry in Colorado and the rest of the nation. 4-H members will gain exposure to all aspects of the beef industry, either by directly caring for a calf or by learning about beef through the breeding project. 4-H members may carry either a market beef or manage a breeding animal at any level.

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Market Beef Nominations for County Fair

WHEN: Sunday, March 15, 2020 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
WHERE: Boulder County Fairgrounds, Barn C (line up from the West side of Barn C to unload on south side)

There are no make-up dates. It is the member’s responsibility to bring or arrange for someone to bring their animals to Nomination Day (tag-in).  The member is not required to be present, but will need to arrange a time to stop by the Boulder County Extension office to sign their nomination form. Nomination Forms can be picked up from the Extension office (M – F, 8:00 – 4:30 pm) prior to Tag-In, or will be available at tag in.

Tag-In will proceed in the following order: 

1. Nomination Forms:

Fill out a nomination form (county OR state) for each member. Multiple animals can be on one form. We utilize the Colorado State fair forms and this also qualify for county fair nomination. You will need to know your project animal’s breed, sex and birth date.

Pay a $4.00 nomination fee per animal. Fee covers the cost of tags, tag equipment, scale equipment retinal scanning equipment. Remember to include fee in your record book.

Establish the ownership of each animal. Each project animal is required to be owned and nominated to one specific exhibitor. In other words, siblings must specify ownership of each animal and may not share or swap animals after Tag-In. For example, goat 101 cannot be listed as John’s goat and later transferred to his sister, Mary.

Be sure you have a Brand Inspection Paperwork that lists the animal in the 4-H member’s name. Even if the animal was born on your property, you must obtain a Brand inspection prior to tag in. Bring your Brand Papers with you to tag in. 

2. Weigh & Tag:

Load your animal(s) on to the scale one at a time. Your steer will need to have a halter on to get to the scale. A volunteer will print the animal’s weigh on a scale sheet.

Fill out Tag Number on Nomination Form. After animal has been tagged by a volunteer, check that the correct tag number is now listed on the nomination form for that animal.

Hand your completed Nomination form to the volunteer at the scale. Check that the tag # on the form matches the tag # on the animal that is on the scale. Note: Steers must be castrated or banded by the March Nomination date at the very latest.

3. Retinal Scan:

Bring each animal across to the chute for retinal scanning. Retinal scanning is required to be eligible for market beef classes at the Boulder County Fair and Colorado State Fair. Retinal scanning works like a finger print to provide precise identification of an animal in case a tag is lost or questions arise. All Champion and Reserve Market Beef will be scanned at the Boulder County Fair to verify identity.

Breed Verification Form:

Choose your format for the new form. Breed Verification Form 

Premise Identification (LID #):

Each member must have a premise identification number or Colorado Location Identification number to participate in the Boulder County Fair. This is the location of where your animal is housed. Obtain a Premise ID, or you can call 303-869-9130.

Colorado Simmental Association

Colorado Simmental Assoc. will give a special award to the youth who exhibit the overall market, breeding or open show grand champion at their county fair, whose project is registered Simmental genetics. County fairs must be held in Colorado. The winning animal must be registered Simmental or registered 1/2 blood Simmental or higher to qualify. All applications for awards must be signed by your county extension agent.

Colorado Simmental Award application

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.