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Official Identification

Official Identification for Livestock in Virginia

Official identification devices are managed by state and federal animal health officials to ensure that there are unique and standardized animal identification numbers (AIN) available to support animal disease traceability. Producers may use other forms of identification for on-farm herd management purposes or breed registry programs, but official ID is required for regulatory programs (vaccination, testing, herd accreditation) and the interstate transport of most livestock. For additional information on official ID tags, see this USDA document: Official Eartags – Criteria and Options.

Official silver brite metal ear tags for cattle and swine are provided by the Office of Veterinary Services at no cost to producers. Just contact one of our offices or send an email to tags@vdacs.virginia.gov to request tags.

840-series RFID tags for cattle are provided to accredited veterinarians for use only in regulatory vaccination or testing programs.

Scrapie flock ID and tags for sheep and goats can be requested from the USDA office in Richmond at 804.343.2560.

Please see these factsheets for additional information:

Official Livestock Identification Tags

840-series RFID button tags are available at no cost from VDACS (while supplies last) for accredited veterinarians performing brucellosis vaccination, brucellosis testing and tuberculosis testing activities. Contact the nearest VDACS Regional Office or send an e-mail to tags@vdacs.virginia.gov.
ID Tag.
ID Tag.
Official 840-series visual panel or RFID combo tags are available in a variety of sizes from online vendors.
ID Tag.
ID Tag.
Official metal silver “brite” tags are available at no cost from VDACS for cattle and swine. Contact the nearest VDACS Regional Office or send an e-mail to tags@vdacs.virginia.gov.
ID Tag.
ID Tag.
Official metal orange brucellosis vaccination (“Bangs”) tags are available at no cost from VDACS for accredited veterinarians performing brucellosis vaccinations. Contact the nearest VDACS Regional Office or send an e-mail to tags@vdacs.virginia.gov.
ID Tag.
900-series and American ID tags with the “USA” prefix applied to animals prior to March 11, 2015 are considered as official ID for the life of the animal.

Contact
Richard Odom
Virginia Animal Identification Program
804.692.0600
richard.odom@vdacs.virginia.gov

Premises Registration: prem.id@vdacs.virginia.gov 
Official Identification Tags: tags@vdacs.virginia.gov


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