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What is an Allflex management code or line of text?

What is a Management Code?

A management code is where your selected numbering system is featured on the tag. It can be an alphanumeric entry of just numbers, letters, or a combination. Tags have a limit of 3 to 5 characters in the management code. Letters that are included in the management code are printed in ALL CAPITALS. Spaces are allowed. Hyphens ( - ) and slashes ( / ) are also usable WITHIN but not at the beginning or end of management codes.

What is a Line of Text?

A line of text is an entry that is printed on the tag, usually with a limit of 16 to 20 characters (including punctuation and spaces). Use the line of text to indicate your ranch name, phone number, group name, sire/dam information or other helpful details. A variety of tag layouts are available with 1 to 4 lines of text on each side of the tag.

Punctuation usable WITHIN but not at the beginning or end of a line of text on laser printed tags include: period ( . ) comma ( , ) hyphen ( - ) slash ( / ) apostrophe ( ‘ ) colon ( : ) ampersand ( & ) parenthesis ( ) and the at symbol ( @ ). There are several characters NOT allowed in a text field, such as * # _ % ! $ " ^ + = ?

Ink printed tags, such as feedlot tags, are limited to just a few options such as a comma, dash, and period.

Letters are printed in ALL CAPITALS.

For an example of the height of characters, LINE OF TEXT characters are 3/8 inch in height on a Maxi size tag. See example image below.

If you need ideas of numbering systems to use on your tags, check out our help section on Beef Cattle Numbering Systems.

*Jan 2022 - Allflex has upgraded its printing systems and software. While some characters listed above were programmed into the new system, others were not. We will contact you if the layout you choose cannot accept your selected special character.