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K-State Research and Extension
123 Umberger Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-3401

January 18, 2022

Kansas 4-H Small Livestock EID Tag Orders Due January 28

Submitted by Lexie Hayes

The deadline to order small livestock EID tags is quickly approaching on January 28! Payment must accompany orders for them to be accepted. Tag orders received after the listed deadline will be considered a special order, and there may be a delay in getting those tags delivered. It is a 6-8 week turnaround from the time orders are received until the tags arrive on campus. We do not maintain a stock of tags – they are ordered based on the individual county orders received. The mailing address and deadlines may be found on the top of the order forms.

Several important EID tag resources may also be found on the K-State Youth Livestock Program website, https://www.asi.k-state.edu/research-and-extension/youth-programs/kansas-4-h-eid-tags.html. The resources include the order forms, tag application instructions, applicator configuration, best practices for tag retention and information on utilizing EID technology at the local level.

State accepted tags – there has been no change in the 4-H/EID tags that will be accepted for nomination to the Kansas Junior Livestock show and the Kansas State Fair, with the exception of a new meat goat tag. Due to some concerns with the previous ribbon tag, we have worked diligently with Allflex to provide another option and will be transitioning to the tag piloted last year. The visual (male) portion of the tag is a small round piece, but you will be able to use the same red total tagger. Both types of tags will be accepted in state nominated animals (ribbon tags and new round tags). So, if you still have some of the ribbon tags left, you may use them in state nominated animals this year.

It is important that counties/units use their oldest tags first. Additionally, each extension unit will need to keep an accurate record of the animals/families in which each tag is applied, per the acknowledgement signature on the tag order form. Only Kansas 4-H 840 EID tags will be accepted in cattle and swine, with 982 tags being used in sheep and goats. If you have old cattle 982 tags, please refrain from using them in state nominated animals.

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