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On the registration application, list the American ID number with the calf’s name, date of birth, sire and dam, and so on. The American ID number will be used as the registration number in the AJCA Herd Register.
Allflex tags are called "tamper-evident" because the front (female) of the tag is sealed at the end, opposite of where the back (male) of the tag is inserted. The tag can only be separated if this seal is cut.
Let’s start with button tags. Button tags are most permanent, least visible, and least expensive. They would only be used as inventory tags or as the backs to large or maxi tags.
Button tags when used together (front and back, as pictured on back) are essentially a plastic tattoo. They may be easier to put in ears than tattoos and up close they are probably easier to read than tattoos. But they will not serve the purpose of visible ID for DHIA or even on farm use.
The button/button tag combination works well in one ear as a low-cost permanent ID, when visible ID in the form of a large or maxi tag is only needed in one ear. The button tags also work well for the backs of large or maxi tags when the animal does not need visible ID from behind.
Size. Large tags are 2¼” wide. Maxi tags measure almost 4” wide.
Large tags are more visible and more expensive ID than button tags, but not as visible as maxi tags and not as expensive.
Large tags will only be used as inventory tags and will provide visible ID. In addition, large tags will have one blank line for producers to hand-write other pertinent data such as birth date, sire or dam if they do not want to go to the expense of ordering and paying for a custom maxi tag following registration.
When visible ID is only needed from the front, then a button tag can be used for the back. When visible ID is needed both front and back, then a large tag would be used for the back, too.
Maxi tags are the most visible ID. They are the only tag used for custom tags and are the most expensive.
Maxi tags are the largest tags and, therefore, provide the most room for printing CCNs (computer control numbers) and other information. They can be ordered as inventory tags or as custom-printed tags following registration.
No, but because of shipping costs, the suggested minimum order is ten (10) tag pairs, or enough to identify 10 animals. You can, if necessary, order replacement tags on an individual basis.
As noted previously, the Allflex maxi tags are large enough to allow birth dates, sire IDs, and/or dam IDs to be printed on them. These three pieces of information aren’t known when the inventory tags are ordered, but they are known at the time of registration.
When animals are registered, you can then order custom tags, which might include any or all of birth date (month,day and year as either MM/DD/YY or MM/YY), sire ID (NAAB code or short name), and dam ID (computer control number, CCN; or barn name).
If you would use custom-printed tags, then you would want to use button tags as the registration ID. There’s no need to put a more expensive tag in at birth if a custom-printed tag will be added following registration.
You will have to order a replacement tag and re-tag the animal.
Yes, but you are not required to purchase them through the AJCA. There are other sources of these tags.
If we go to this system, would it be possible for me to take the tags out for the show and put them back in afterwards?
No. If you take them out, the animal would lose her permanent identification.
If you are going to show, here are some ideas. The first would be to use the small button/button tags in each ear. The step up from there would be to place a button/button tag in the right ear, but put a larger tag giving you visible ID in the left ear.
Alternatively, if you show and do not want any tags in the ears, you must tattoo the animal before removing the tags and notify the AJCA of the tattoo. The AJCA will then issue a corrected registration certificate. The correction fee of $5.00 will be charged.
Yes. The tagging option is just that, an alternative. The rules for tattooing have not been changed.
Do what works best for you. In this case, the tattoo must listed on the application for registration, because it is the only acceptable permanent ID in this case. Just make sure that you note the American ID number of the tag on the registration application.
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