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

  • September 1-15, 2022 - www.texaslivestockvalidation.com is open for Validation UIN Orders (no upfront cost)
  • September 15, 2022 - www.texaslivestockvalidation.com is open to ASTs/CEAs ONLY for registration paper upload. Instructional video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDb3h8MaDBM
  • Oct. 1- Nov. 1, 2022 - Heifers to be eligible for the 2022 Fall shows must be physically validated. Once validated, a heifer remains eligible unless breed or ownership is changed.
  • November 1, 2022 - Deadline: original registration papers must be in exhibitor’s name
  • November 8, 2022 - Deadline to upload registration papers and enter heifer validation information to
  • November 8, 2022 - Physical validation paperwork, including DNA hair envelopes, must be postmarked and sent to Texas 4‐H Headquarters (note address change)
  • November 14, 2022 - www.texaslivestockvalidation.com generates one invoice to Validation Chair for entire county. Do not send payment without invoice.
  • December 21, 2022 - Projected deadline for all validation information to be reviewed by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.
  • January 8, 2022 - Projected deadline for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service to notify all exhibitors with ineligible heifers and major livestock show officials for fall shows.

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