Swine ID Tag approved by USDA
USDA approval has been given to the first visual swine
identification tag. The premise identification tag is intended to support the
USDA's National Animal Identification System whilst providing a valuable tool to
enhance the identification of swine entering harvest
The tag, manufactured by Destron Fearing , will consist of a pink
tamper-proof button and a pink visual panel stud. Each tag carries the official
USDA shield, the assigned premises identification number and a notice stating
"unlawful to remove".
"Over 73 percent of pork producing sites have
registered their premises and received a premises identification number, or
PIN," said Patrick Webb, director of swine health programs for the National Pork
"Having premises identified is the first step in improving the
animal health infrastructure of the country. The availability of USDA-approved
tags for market sows is a logical next step toward enhancing traceability and
improving the industry's ability to detect diseases earlier so the spread of a
disease can be limited efficiently."
â€¢ National Pork Board
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