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South Dakota 4-H To Start DNA Testing


It's a summer tradition for a lot of Siouxland kids, showing animals in 4-H.

Some folks, like Julie Montagne, are connected with that tradition for generations.

"My mother actually showed in 4-H in the 1940's," said Montagne, a 4-H Leader herself.

Starting in 2013 in South Dakota, some 4-H livestock will be introduced to high technology.

Some beef, swine, lamb, and goats will need to be DNA tested to compete, and it's all about being fair at the fair.

"We want to make sure that the kids are raising their own livestock and that they're training their livestock," said Rachel Bonine, 4-H Youth Program Advisor for Union County, South Dakota.

The animals will be plucked when they're weighed-in early in the year, then again at the state fair, to make sure it's the same animal competing and not one that's made the rounds already.

"Maybe someone would get a calf in the middle of the summer that, you know, was all ready to go, maybe it was shown at other shows," said Montagne. "And that is definitely not fair."

Exhibitors will have to pay for the test, but it won't be expensive, only about six dollars.

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