Validation of 4-H/FFA Market Animals

All 4-H/FFA market steers, market heifers, market lambs, market hogs, and market goats that will participate in market livestock shows in Kentucky (i.e., County Fairs, District Shows, Junior Livestock Expos, Kentucky State Fair, etc.) must be tagged with Radio Frequency Identification (R.F.I.D.) tags.  The R.F.I.D. tag number will be used as the Kentucky Uniform Identification Program (K.U.I.P.) number.  In addition, to be eligible for participation in the Kentucky State Fair, market steers, market lambs, market hogs, and market goats must have samples collected for DNA testing.  The validation guidelines and required forms for validation can be found below. 

The location where market animals will be housed is required to be identified on the validation form.  The housing location must conform to the rules and guidelines found in the Ownership, Possession, and Care Rules for Kentucky 4-H/FFA Youth Breeding and Market Livestock Projects.

Animals that will only be exhibited as breeding animals (breeding heifers, breeding gilts, breeding ewes, and breeding does) do not need to go through the validation process.  However, all breeding animals are required to be identified by June 1 by completing a Kentucky 4-H/FFA Breeding Animal Project Nomination and Location Form online.  View information about the nomination of breeding animals.

Market Cattle Tagging Deadlines:

Order form opens (tags will be ordered online at KY State Fair website by Extension Agent or FFA Advisor) – January 1, 2022

Deadline to order tags – March 9, 2022

DNA Envelopes must be in hand (Bobby Bell, KY State Fair) or postmarked  – March 18, 2022

Small Animal (Hog, Sheep, Goat) Tagging Deadlines:

Order form opens (tags will be ordered online at KY State Fair website by Extension Agent or FFA Advisor) – April 1, 2022

Deadline to order tags – May 10, 2022

DNA Envelopes must be in hand (Bobby Bell, KY State Fair) or postmraked - May 20, 2022

Market Cattle Nomination:

Tag order Form

Nomination Link

Market Hog Nomination:

Tag Order Form

Nomination Link

Market Lamb Nomination:

Tag Order Form

Nomination Link

Market Goat Nomination:

Tag Order Form

Nomination Link

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2022 Ownership Possession and Care Rules

2022 Guidelines for Validating Market Animals in Kentucky

2022 Exhibitor Checklist

2022 Extension/FFA Checklist

2022 Livestock Exhibitor Dates

2022 KUIP Tag Replacement Form

2022 Project Animal Location Waiver Form

2022 Qualifying Show Rule Exemption Form