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Virginia Animal ID Program - Beef Cattle

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Virginia Animal ID Program
Information for Producers
Information for Veterinarians
Information for Markets and Dealers
Official Identification
Premises Registration

Beef Cattle

Except for beef feeder cattle, all cattle moving to a public sale (livestock market, buying station or sale barn) or public exhibition in Virginia should be identified with an official ear tag. Sale or event managers may provide a tagging service at their locations, but may also charge a fee for this service. Official ear tags are available from the Office of Veterinary Services, from accredited veterinarians or from a number of local and online vendors. Please note that if you purchase 840-series ear tags, a Premises Identification Number will be required.

All beef cattle moving interstate must be officially identified and must be accompanied by a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) except under the following conditions:

For more information, please contact:
Richard Odom, Program Manager
VDACS Virginia Animal Identification Program
102 Governor Street, Richmond, VA 23219

Premises Registration:
Official Identification Tags:
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