Meat Animal ID

2024 Meat Animal Pre-ID

Beef IDs are due online by 4:30 p.m. on March 1, 2024.

Market swine, sheep and goats IDs are due online by 4:30 pm on Monday, May 13, 2024.

Monroe County Fair tags are available at the Extension Office, the Fair Office, or you can check with your club or FFA Advisor. Please call ahead so your tags can be ready.

Beef weigh-in will be February 24, 2024 at Equity in Sparta from 9-11 a.m. Exhibitors that want to enter into the rate of gain contest will need to attend the beef weigh-in. This counts as our Pre-ID and you do not need to submit an online form if you attend the weigh in with your animal. The ID forms will be submitted for you if you participate in the county beef weigh-in.

Sheep exhibitors that want to enter into the rate of gain contest will need to attend the sheep weigh-in on Wednesday, May 8, 2024. The event will run from 5-7 p.m. at the Cashton High School Ag Lab. Park behind the school and come up the side of the building by the greenhouse. This counts as your Pre-ID and you do not need to submit an online form if you attend the weigh-in with your animal. ID forms are submitted for you if you participate in the county sheep weigh-in.

If you do not participate in the county weigh-in, animals need to be identified by using the online ID form. The form allows you to ID 10 animals at a time for each family. If your family has more than 10 animals please fill out multiple forms. The link to the form is available at the bottom of this page.

There is no Swine or Goat weigh-in.

If you encounter problems or need help with the id form, contact the Fair Office at 608-372-2081.The form will ask various information and then will ask for three photos for each animal.

The photos upload right into the form. You will receive a verification email that shows the information you entered into the system.

The three photos will be:

  1. A profile shot of the left side of the animal.
  2. A profile shot of the right side of the animal.
  3. A close photo of the Monroe County Fair tag or State Fair tag, in the animal’s ear, so that it can be read.

Here are some examples of acceptable pictures. 

Left Profile
The left profile of the animal  
Right Profile
The right profile of the animal
Ear Tag
A close-up, properly placed, readable ear tag

A few tips on taking a successful identification photo:

  1. Turning the flash off may reduce glare in the picture when doing a close up of the tag and ear.
  2. If possible, it may be better to take photos outdoors.
  3. Try to photograph the animal in a natural pose, if possible, when taking the profile shots.
  4. The profile photos can be in the pasture or lot when the animal is standing still.

Here is the link to the online self ID form:
All ID information and pictures will be reviewed. You will be sent an e-mail if a picture needs to be re-submitted.

Use good biosecurity when purchasing tags. Please do not wear clothes you have worn to the barn where the animals are kept to the place where you purchase your tags. It is also recommended that you purchase a tagger for your family’s animals. They are available at most Ag stores or online. The Monroe County tags are Du-Flex brand so make sure the tagger you get is compatible. If getting your own tagger is not possible and you borrow one make sure to disinfect, and completely dry it before taking it to the animal housing and after you have tagged your animals to prevent disease spread.  A short soak in a 10% bleach solution is all that is needed.

Contact your FFA advisor, the Fair Office or your club leader if you have questions.

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