Animal Identification Information

4-H members (Grades 3 – 12) must identify all Beef and Dairy Cattle, Goats, Horses, Llamas, Sheep and Swine in the 4-H Online system by May 15th (May 16 for 2022 only) or earlier county deadline if applicable to be eligible for exhibition at the Indiana State Fair 4-H Animal Shows.  Beef and Dairy Cattle, Meat Goats, Sheep and Swine must submit DNA hair samples by May 15th (May 16 for 2022 only) to their local County Extension to be eligible for Indiana State Fair 4-H Animal Shows.  

Resources can be found on this page to assist 4-H families with the animal identification process.  

2022 ISF 4-H Animal Affidavit

Indiana 4-H Animal ID Requirements 

4-H Online Animal ID Instructions 

Indiana State Fair Terms and Conditions 

Video: 4-H Animal Project Basics


Species Resources






Horse and Pony / Llama and Alpaca




Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA)

It is never too early to complete your Youth for the Quality Care of Animals (YQCA) training.  This important educational opportunity must be completed by all 4-H members who plan to exhibit beef, dairy, swine, sheep, dairy goats, meat goats, poultry and rabbits at the county and/or state fair. For local training opportunities be sure to connect with your local Purdue Extension Office.  For additional information about the YQCA program and more details about training options visit  When registering for a YQCA training, please use the email address connected with your 4-H Online profile.