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.