Learn about choosing and using the right ear tags and EID tags that will work best for your cattle management system.
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Matched pairs are sets of tags that include a visual tag and an electronic ID tag. What makes them "matched" is that the EID number is printed on both of the tags. This helps in the event that one tag is lost from the animal's ear, there is still another form of identification. In addition, matched pairs can help make data entry into some herd management software programs easier since cattle can be referenced by their visual number or their EID number.
Purchasing USDA tags requires a premise ID, which can be obtained through your state's animal health department.