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Tag ID

Dairy producers use the Holstein Tag ID program to officially identify animals in their herd with ear tags. Excellent for day-to-day herd management, Holstein Association USA offers Allflex tamper-proof ear tags.

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Inventory Tags

Holstein Association USA offers official 840 ear tags in both visual and RFID (Radio Frequency ID) options. Producers need to provide an official premises ID (obtained from your state department of agriculture) to order official 840 tags. The 840 number becomes the animals unique, official identification number for its lifetime. Producers can select their own herd management numbers to print on their ear tags.

Tag ID Program

The information on these tags represents:

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Customized Holstein ID Tags

Using the free EASY ID software, producers can order ear tags at the time of ID, printed with customized animal information. Large size tags offer one line of custom text. Maxi size tags can have one or two lines of custom text.

Options include:

  • Date of Birth
  • Barn name
  • Sire Short Name
  • Sire NAAB Code
  • Dam ID number or name
  • Dam ID and calf's date of birth
  • User defined text (prefix, farm name, etc.)

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Correct Tag Placement

The correct location for placing Holstein ID tags is pictured below. Tags are retained best when this practice is followed.