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How To Tag Your Cattle

All calves must be tagged with an approved ear tag in each ear within 21 days of birth. In the case of dairy animals, the primary tag must be fitted within 36 hours of birth.

Complete and send in the corresponding passport application form to BCMS within 7 days of tagging. If an ear tag has become illegible or been lost it must be replaced within 28 days of the discovery.

In order to minimize tag losses make sure you use the correct applicator for the model of tag you are fitting. It also helps if you, where possible, try to remove such objects which may catch or pull out tags.

Click the links below for more information on tag fitting for tissue sampling tags and tag regulations. Fitting instructions for standard tags are on this page, below.

Conventional and Electronic Tagging

Tissue Sample Tagging