The animal ear tag is a plastic or metal object used for identification of household livestock and other animals. The Electronic Identification Tags include the EID number and sometimes a management number on the button that appears on the back of the ear. It is important for identification. These ear tags are available for most livestock, although they aren't commonly used on dairy goats due to high rates of infection.
Why it's important:
· The animal ear tag is one of the most common methods of identifying and its apply an ear tag. While this is not as reliable as branding, ear marking or ear tattooing, it is quick and allows for visual or electronic identification of each animal.
· The first thing to consider is the most material ear tag. This will be governed, in part, by regulations. For example, all cattle must have an electronic national livestock identification tag before moving properties. All sheep must have a visually readable identification tag and both cattle and sheep tags must be stamped with a Property Identification Code – PIC. Every property with livestock must have a PIC, so if you don’t, discuss this with your local Department of Primary Industries.
· Identification tags vary in size, color, material (metal or plastic) and shape. They are made by a number of companies, each with their own design. Application devices also differ across tags and so grazing situations should be taken into account when choosing a tag.