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.
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.
Virginia Animal Identification Program
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