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Tagging Cattle Correctly

23 October 2012

AUSTRALIA - Cattle producers are reminded to ensure that the correct National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) tags are applied prior to cattle being moved.

Biosecurity Queensland Senior Biosecurity Officer Dan Hogarth said NLIS breeder and NLIS post-breeder devices related to the property where the animal was born.

"The colour of the tags indicate the origin of the cattle," Mr Hogarth said.

"A white breeder device is applied to untagged cattle that have never moved from the property where they were born and are moving for the first time."

Mr Hogarth said most properties would also have a need for orange post-breeder tags, so it was best to have an adequate supply on hand.

"Orange devices are applied to untagged cattle that are no longer on their property of birth and are moving for the first time," he said.

"They are also applied to cattle that have been transferred to a different property and need to be re-tagged after losing their original NLIS device.

"Purchased herd bulls and breeding cows selected for re-sale that have lost their original tag, must be tagged with an orange post-breeder tag prior to movement.

"All cattle that have been transferred onto a different property and have lost their original tag must have an orange post-breeder tag applied as the replacement."

To apply for NLIS devices contact your local Biosecurity Officer or call the Customer Service Centre on 13 25 23. Devices can then be ordered through your preferred agent or rural supplies business.

NLIS allows cattle movements to be traced accurately and efficiently throughout their lifetime.

Tracking movements helps improve food safety, product integrity and market access, particularly for the export market, and is an essential tool in reducing the economic impact of livestock diseases.

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