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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.
    • Orange brucellosis vaccination tags may only be used by 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)

  • Consists of 15 digits beginning with ‘840’, the U.S. country code
  • Includes radio frequency ID (RFID) version
    • May be purchased from most ear tag distributors
    • 4-H tags available by contacting your county extension office
  • 15-character RFID tags beginning with the letters ‘USA’ or manufacturer-coded tags beginning with any number between 900 – 998
    • To be in compliance with federal law, these tags must have been produced prior to March 11, 2014, and be applied to the animal prior to March 11, 2015

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American Identification Number

  • Combines ‘USA’ with 8 or 9 digits
  • Includes the National Farm Animal Identification and Records (FAIR)
    • Administered by Holstein Association USA, Inc.
  • To be in compliance with federal law, these tags must have been produced prior to March 11, 2014, and be applied to the animal prior to March 11, 2015

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Limited Movement: Breed Registry Tattoos and Tags

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

  • Iowa
  • North Dakota
  • 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.
    • Orange brucellosis vaccination tags may only be used by 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)

  • Consists of 15 digits beginning with ‘840’, the U.S. country code
  • Includes radio frequency ID (RFID) version
    • May be purchased from most ear tag distributors
    • 4-H tags available by contacting your county extension office
  • 15-character RFID tags beginning with the letters ‘USA’ or manufacturer-coded tags beginning with any number between 900 – 998
    • To be in compliance with federal law, these tags must have been produced prior to March 11, 2014, and be 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 online.

Flock Identification (ID) Tag

  • 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
  • Includes 4-H tags that have 15 digits, beginning with an ‘840’ prefix

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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 a state animal health board
  • 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:
    • A Board-issued document certifying that the tattoo prefix is registered 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 both 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.
    • Orange brucellosis vaccination tags may only be used by 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)

  • Consists of 15 digits beginning with ‘840’, the U.S. country code
  • Includes radio frequency ID (RFID) version
    • May be purchased from most ear tag distributors
    • 4-H tags available by contacting your county extension office
  • 15-character RFID tags beginning with the letters ‘USA’ or manufacturer-coded tags beginning with any number between 900 – 998
    • To be in compliance with federal law, these tags must have been produced prior to March 11, 2014, and be 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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