Information on 840 ear tags
Understanding 840 Ear Tags.
What is the difference between a visual 840 ear tag and a RFID 840 ear tag?
Visual 840 ear tags do not have any electronic capability and are only used as a source of visual identification. Visual tags may often be less expensive compared to electronic tags.
Electronic Identification tags (EID), also known as Radio Frequency Identification ear tags (RFID ear tags) can be utilized to store and track information through a database using a readable scanner (wand). This provides more options for record keeping on performance records for producers.
840 tags DO NOT have to be RFID capable to be accepted at NSR or NJSA shows. Both visual 840 tags and RFID 840 tags are acceptable forms of identification. The key is that the tag is an 840 tag.
Example 1: 840 Visual ear tag without any management number or premises ID printed on bottom. Below is the standard 840 Swine ear tag layout and the standard 840 visual Cow tag layout. This would be an acceptable form of ID since each tag possesses a unique 12 digit number for each animal after the 840.
Example 2: 840 ear tag with management number printed on bottom. In this case, the tag purchaser chose to add additional numbers to the blank section of the tag at the bottom for management purposes.
Example 3: 840 ear tag with premises ID number printed on bottom. Another option is to have your premises ID printed on the blank section of the tag. This is popular for Swine Ear Tags.
Example 4: 840 Visual round button ear tag
Example 5: 840 EID (RFID) Ear tags
840 tags come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors (rectangular shape, round-button shape, etc) have RFID chips or are panel visual tags but each are accepted forms of official ID.
How do I purchase 840 ear tags?
840 ear tags can be purchased through authorized ear tag distributors like CCK Outfitters the Ear Tag Company. When purchasing 840 tags, CCK will be required to submit customer's premises ID number. and confirm that the premises ID number given is accurate. How to get a Premise ID Number. Once the premises ID number of the tag purchaser is validated, the premises ID will be recorded in a database with the tag numbers that are being purchased. This is how the traceability component of the federal tags becomes effective. A spreadsheet of your assigned 840 numbers will be sent to you for your records by CCK as well.
Keep in mind you need to order 840 ear tags early, it takes 2 weeks for your tag order to be received, processed for your 840 numbers, shipped and delivered to you.