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Beef Tag In Directions– Updated 2/17/2023

About the Beef Project

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. Youth in the Beef project interact with research-based information that encourages confidence, character-building, industry knowledge, and sportsmanship. Youth will learn how to properly care for an animal and how to keep accurate records. 4-H members may carry either a market beef or manage a breeding animal at any project level.

Project levels are designed for members 8-18 years old, junior, intermediate and senior. This project is an excellent way to learn about the different phases of the beef industry. For more info => Beef Project & Tips

Boulder County Fair Beef Project Superintendent:
Jenea DeQuasie ~
Beef Project Assistant:
Ronda Weber  

Record Books / E-Records

4-H Record Books are also called e-Records. Each project has its own record book that members are required to complete each year. Record books have a few times to be checked on progress throughout the year:

  1. June- your 4-H leader will be sure your books are started and up to date.
  2. Prior to showing at the Boulder County Fair, your record books will be checked by your superintendent to be sure they are up to date and complete as can be in order to participate and show at the fair.
  3. Final Livestock record books are due to be received at the extension office by the second Thursday in September. (please note: your 4-H Leader may need an earlier deadline for review and signatures.)

E-Record Book

4-H Livestock Resources

Brand Inspection


All project manuals are received through the Extension office. These will be distributed to 4-H members through their organizational leaders (club leaders) after enrollment is complete. For more information on enrollment visit Join 4-H.


Meat Quality Assurance Resources

  • Decision Making
  • Feed Mixing
  • Injection Site Lesions
  • Medication Label Handout
  • Moving Livestock
  • MQA Policy
  • Understanding Medication Labels

Events & Opportunities

Colorado Simmental Association

Colorado Simmental Association awards 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

County Fair

Expand for Market Beef Nominations for County Fair

Market Beef Nominations for County Fair

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 sign their nomination forms ahead of time and send with their animals and a responsible person. Nomination Forms will be electronic and can be printed prior to Tag-In, or will be available at tag in.

Directions for Beef Tag-In 2023 Boulder County Fair- 4-H & FAA members

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. (Cash or check only- exact change please)

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, steer 101 cannot be listed as John’s steer 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, other animals may be checked as well.

Breed Verification Form:

Breed Verification Form 2022 – DOC & PDF

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 call 303-869-9130.