Animal Identification – Ear Tags ?>

Animal Identification – Ear Tags

Angus cow with orange ear tag.

Animal identification – ear tags can be one of the MOST important things you can do for not only disaster/emergency preparedness,
but also to guard livestock against theft and loss. The key in getting your livestock returned to you after loss or emergency is animal identification. If you can prove who you are and what animals belong to you, you will have the animals returned to you successfully.

Angus cow with ear tags in both ears.

Animal Identification Is Customizable With Ear Tags

Angus cross calves with ear tags for identification.

Ear tags come in different colors, sizes and types. Each makes animal
identification easy and customizable. Different colors of ear tags can be distinguishing animal identification for different pastures, ages of animals, owners of animals and even gender of animals. Ear tags can be written on with a permanent ink tag marker or can be purchased pre-numbered/pre-lettered.

Ear tag size is also important. Calves and smaller animals (e.g. sheep, goats and pigs) can be tagged with smaller ear tags for identification.

Ear tags can be put in either ear for gender identification at a quick
glance. Sometimes an animal identification ear tag in one ear and a pest control ear tag in the other ear.

Types Of Ear Tags For Animal Identification

Ear tags are not only for animal identification but can be for pest control also. Insect repellant tags come in different colors and sizes as well. Some ear tags are antibacterial.

There are many kinds of ear tags. Each ear tag producer has an ear tag applicator that attaches the ear tag to the animal. Ear tags can be made of highly visible polyurethane or smaller ear tags made of steel.

Highly visible polyurethane tags can be one piece or two piece. Now these ear tags can also be fade and snag resistant.

RFID tags (radio frequency identification tags) help to track disease and are approved by the USDA. These provide consumers with confidence that they know where their food source is coming from. This type of ear tag is widely used to track bovine tuberculosis.

There are also animal identification tags that take tissue samples at the time of applying the tag to the animal for DNA testing and tracking. The tissue samples taken by applying the tag on the animal are used in conjunction with hair samples and linked to the animal identification number on the tag. These tags and software can be used to track animal performance and traits that are more desirable to the owner and consumer.