Hoosier Project Puts Tags to Test

US - Hoosier cattle producers may participate in a pilot program to put new tagging technology to work in their herds.
calendar icon 5 January 2009
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According to Pal-item.com, under Indiana's 840 Tag Pilot Program, Hoosier dairy and beef producers may request the 840 radio frequency identification tags at no charge for their breeding cattle, The yellow, button-style tags are available as long as supplies last.

"Our pilot program is designed to place these tags in the field, in real-life situations, where we can see, over time, how well they maintain their integrity and how producers incorporate them into their operations," said Board of Animal Health veterinarian Bruce Lamb to Pal-item.com.

The 840-tags are considered official identification for all disease control and vaccination programs and are illegal to remove. The number 840 is the international U.S. designation code.

"In addition to helping herds become compliant with (country of origin labeling) requirements, the electronic tagging technology improves accuracy of record keeping because the scanner will not transpose numbers," Lamb said.

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