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Cattle and Bison

Includes all animals of the Bos and Bison genus

National Uniform Ear-tagging System (NUES)

  • NUES ear tags begin with an official state number followed by three letters and then four numbers. The official state number for Minnesota is ’41’.
  • Metal NUES tags can be ordered at no cost from the Board by calling 651-201-6836 or using the online tag order form
    • In compliance with federal law, NUES tags must display the U.S. shield if applied to an animal March 11, 2015 or after
    • Orange brucellosis vaccination tags may only be used by accredited veterinarians in cattle and bison
  • Plastic NUES tags may be purchased from Leedstone by calling 877-608-3877 or from the Minnesota Dairy Herd Improvement Association by calling 800-827-3442

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Animal Identification Number (AIN)

  • AIN ear tags begin with an official country code followed by an additional 12 digits; 15 digits in total. The official U.S. country code is ‘840’.
    • In compliance with federal law, AIN tags must display the U.S. shield if applied to an animal March 11, 2015 or after
    • May be purchased from most ear tag distributors
    • 4-H tags available by contacting your county extension office
  • 15-character tags beginning with the letters ‘USA’ or manufacturer-coded tags beginning with any number between 900 – 998 are only official if applied to the animal prior to March 11, 2015

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American Identification Number

  • In compliance with federal law, these tags are only official if applied to the animal prior to March 11, 2015
  • Combines ‘USA’ with 8 or 9 digits
  • Includes the National Farm Animal Identification and Records (FAIR)
    • Administered by Holstein Association USA, Inc.

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Limited Movement: Breed Registry Tattoos and Tags

Valid only for movement within Minnesota and import from the following states:

  • Iowa
  • Missouri
  • South Dakota

Acceptable if accompanied by documentation listing the breed registration number. Pending registrations are not acceptable.

Limited Movement: USDA-Approved Backtag

Valid only for movement of cull cattle being imported from an out-of-state market to a state/federal approved market.

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Deer and Elk

National Uniform Ear-tagging System (NUES)

  • NUES ear tags begin with an official state number followed by three letters and then four numbers. The official state number for Minnesota is ’41’.
  • Metal NUES tags can be ordered at no cost from the Board by calling 651-201-6836 or using the online tag order form
    • In compliance with federal law, metal NUES tags must display the U.S. shield if applied to an animal March 11, 2015 or after
    • Orange brucellosis vaccination tags may only be used by accredited veterinarians in cattle and bison
  • Plastic NUES tags may be purchased from Leedstone by calling 877-608-3877

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Animal Identification Number (AIN)

  • AIN ear tags begin with an official country code followed by an additional 12 digits; 15 digits in total. The official U.S. country code is ‘840’.
    • In compliance with federal law, AIN tags must display the U.S. shield if applied to an animal March 11, 2015 or after
    • May be purchased from most ear tag distributors
  • 15-character tags beginning with the letters ‘USA’ or manufacturer-coded tags beginning with any number between 900 – 998 are only official if applied to the animal prior to March 11, 2015

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Poultry

Leg and Wing Bands

  • All chickens, turkeys and game birds at exhibitions, except baby poultry, must be identified with a leg or wing band

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Sheep and Goats

Official eartags must display the US shield. Free ear tags are available by calling 1-866-USDA-TAG or by ordering on-line.

Flock Identification (ID) Tags

  • Includes the flock ID number beginning with state abbreviation (maximum nine characters, including state abbreviation) along with a unique herd management number (maximum six characters)
  • Available in plastic or metal

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Sheep/Goat Serial Tags

  • For use at livestock markets or by accredited veterinarians
  • Begins with state abbreviation; eight characters total, last four or five are numerical
  • Available in plastic or metal

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Animal Identification Number (AIN) Tags

  • Include 15 digits, beginning with ‘840’ prefix
  • Visual-only tags or tags with RFID technology are available

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Official Tattoos

For any tattoo to be considered as official identification, it must be legible.

Registered Sheep/Goats

  • Breed registry tattoos that are recorded with a sheep or goat registry association
  • Upon movement, the animal must be accompanied by a copy of the registration certificate or a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection listing tattoo and registration numbers

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Non-registered Sheep/Goats

  • State-approved tattoos that are recorded with state animal health officials
  • Tattoo must include the state-approved prefix beginning with the state abbreviation and include a unique animal number
  • Upon movement, the animal must be accompanied by either:
    • A Board-issued document certifying that the tattoo prefix is recorded with the Board or,
    • For animal originating outside of Minnesota, a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection which:
      • Certifies that the tattoo prefix is assigned in the National Scrapie Database, and
      • Lists the flock ID number and the complete tattoo number (including the state-assigned prefix and the animal number).

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Call the Board at 651-201-6809 to record a tattoo or to find out if a tattoo is already recorded.

Swine

National Uniform Ear-tagging System (NUES)

  • NUES ear tags begin with an official state number followed by three letters and then four numbers. The official state number for Minnesota is ’41’.
  • Metal NUES tags can be ordered at no cost from the Board by calling 651-201-6836 or using the online tag order form
    • In compliance with federal law, metal NUES tags must display the U.S. shield if applied to an animal March 11, 2015 or after
    • Smaller metal NUES tags beginning with ‘MN’ instead of ’41’ are available for purchase by accredited veterinarians – call National Band & Tag Company at 859-261-2035
    • Orange brucellosis vaccination tags may only be used by accredited veterinarians in cattle and bison
  • Plastic NUES tags may be purchased from Leedstone by calling 877-608-3877

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Animal Identification Number (AIN)

  • AIN ear tags begin with an official country code followed by an additional 12 digits; 15 digits in total. The official U.S. country code is ‘840’.
    • In compliance with federal law, AIN tags must display the U.S. shield if applied to an animal March 11, 2015 or after
    • May be purchased from most ear tag distributors
    • Includes “840” tags bearing the 4H logo
  • 15-character tags beginning with the letters ‘USA’ or manufacturer-coded tags beginning with any number between 900 – 998 are only official if applied to the animal prior to March 11, 2015

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Premises ID Number (PIN) Tags

  • Identifies a sow or boar to the premises they were kept immediately prior to entering slaughter channels
  • If the tag includes a unique within-herd management number (imprinted by the manufacturer), the tag would also qualify as an official ear tag for interstate movement

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Ear Notching, with Breed Registration

  • Acceptable if accompanied by documentation listing the breed registration number – pending registrations are not acceptable

Slap or Ear Tattoos

  • Acceptable for feeding swine

PIZ Tags

  • State of origin is imprinted on the back of the tag

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