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Thomas County

Kansas State Fair: Sept. 8th - Sept. 17th, 2023

Tag Change Policy

When an animal loses a tag, the Extension Agent must send a letter to the Youth Livestock Program in to verify the change. Please include the family name, specie, original tag number, new tag number and its EID bar code, the date you tagged the animal, and verification sentence that this is the same animal that was nominated by the specified deadline. The form below is for suggested use.

Tag Change Form

Important Information

REMEMBER! Registered BREEDING animals do not need to be nominated and do not need an EID tag for state shows. It is only required if needed for county show management.

2023 Nomination Updates

Nomination Guidelines

Nomination Checklist - requirements for each specie

Youth Livestock Show Nomination and Entry Deadlines - Table

Rookie Guide (updated 2023)

YQCA Requirement Information

Getting YQCA Certification


Kansas utilizes an online system to accept state livestock nominations!

Online Nomination System (ShoWorks Link):



2023 Forms (To be used as a guide. Online information submission only.)

Declaration Form (*attach YQCA certificates to this form)

Market Beef Nomination Form

Commercial Heifer Nomination Form

Market Lamb/Commercial Ewe Nomination Form

Meat Goat Nomination Form

Market Swine/Commercial Gilt Nomination Form



Where do I get EID ear tags?

Exhibitors: Kansas 4-H EID ear tags are required for all nominated (market and commercial) animals showing at the Kansas State Fair and Kansas Junior Livestock Show. EID ear tags can be obtained from your local Extension Office. 

Extension Offices: You must order the EID ear tags via the forms on this website. Please contact Lexie Hayes for more information,785-532-1264. In the event you run out of EID ear tags, you can share with neighboring counties but you must let Lexie know the tag number(s) you obtained and from which county you got it from.

Where do I get DNA hair envelopes?

Exhibitors: DNA Hair Sample envelopes must be ordered through the online portal (Kansas Nomination ShoWorks link) by the deadline for each specie.  Only official DNA envelopes will be accepted. One type of envelope is available for all species. Be sure to circle the correct specie from which you pulled hair and write the ear tag number on the envelope. DO NOT CUT THE HAIR. DNA must be submitted in an official DNA envelope and must have at least one parent's signature in addition to the exhibitors. Unofficial envelopes received will be returned to the sender and a $20 fee will be charged. 

Incomplete Nomination Policy

Nominations that are submitted but incomplete (i.e. missing signatures, mismatched name tags, missing documents, lack of nomination fee, etc.) will be entered into the database as incomplete and a letter will be returned to the nominating family explaining why the nomination is incomplete. A one-time $20.00 incomplete fee will be charged and is required in order for a nomination to be complete, in addition to the missing returned information.

Late Nomination Policy

Late nominations are accepted as long as they are postmarked within ten days of the original due date. The late nominating family is placed on "probation," meaning if they ever have a late nomination again they will be ineligible to show for that year. A letter is sent to the family explaining the process, requiring exhibitor, parent, and agent signatures, and a one-time $15 late fee. Letters fee must be returned within 10 days.

*Note that each of these sections are for Kansas Junior Livestock animals and Kansas State Fair animals only*