Heifer Validation

The Texas Major Livestock Shows are participating in a program supported by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas Education Agency, Department of Agricultural Education, whereby all 4-H and FFA heifers exhibited at their shows will be required to be validated through the Texas 4-H and FFA Breeding Heifer Validation Program. Heifer projects will be identified appropriately with an official Texas Heifer Validation Unique Identification Number (UIN) barcode. The validation program will utilize the website www.texaslivestockvalidation.com to house and process validation information. Every year there will be two validations for Major Livestock Shows. One will be held in the Spring for the Fall Major Livestock shows and another will be held in the Fall for Spring Major Livestock shows.

How to upload registration papers to texasheifervalidation.com:

Important Dates

  • March 1 - April 7, 2023 - www.texaslivestockvalidation.com

    is open for County Validation Chairman to submit tag orders. $25.00 validation fee. ONLY one order per county. Please do not mail payment until you receive invoice.

  • May 15, 2023 - www.texaslivestockvalidation.com

    is open to ASTs/CEAs ONLY for registration paper upload. Instructional video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDb3h8MaDBM

  • June 1- June 30, 2023 -

    Heifers to be eligible for the 2023 Fall shows must be physically validated. Once validated, a heifer remains eligible unless breed or ownership is changed.

  • June 30, 2023 -

    Deadline: original registration papers must be in exhibitor’s name

  • July 8, 2023 -

    Deadline to upload registration papers and enter heifer validation information to www.texaslivestockvalidation.com

  • July 8, 2023 -

    Physical validation paperwork, including DNA hair envelopes, must be postmarked and sent to Texas 4‐H Headquarters (note address change).

  • August 21, 2023 -

    Projected deadline for all validation information to be reviewed by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

  • August 31, 2023 -

    Projected deadline for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service to notify all exhibitors with ineligible heifers and major livestock show officials for fall shows.

**SPECIAL NOTE**: Heifers will be receiving EAR TAGS this year as part of the validation process.

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