Beef: Lost ear tags a problem for some producers

CCIA rules require that cattle leaving the farm must bear proper identification tags. Yet some producers are reporting tag losses as high as 25 per cent


So you’re rounding up your age-verified calves just before the local sale and find that some of the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency tags have fallen off. Oops.
But all is not lost, according to Paul Stiles, assistant general manager of the Ontario Cattlemen’s Association (OCA).

The possibility of losing tags, says Stiles, “is why we advise producers to put in a management tag as well, and then they have a cross reference to their calving book.” If one tag falls out, there is another record of the calf’s birth.

Better Farming - November 2008