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Approved Ear Tags

Rectangular and trapezoid-shaped ear tags are available in white, pink and yellow. Electronic (FDX-RFID and HDX-RFID) versions and the small piglet tag are available in yellow only.

PigTrace uses two forms of official identification for identifying pigs:

1. Individual identification: a 15-digit number unique to the each pig.

2. Herd mark (formally called the slap tattoo number) is a 5-character number that is unique to a premises (assigned by your provincial pork organization).  This may be applied to pigs as (a) a shoulder slap tattoo, (b) an approved ear tag or (c) ear tattoo (only in the case of exported weanling and feeder pigs).

​Additional numbers of your choice can be printed below the official indentification number for barn management purposes (e.g., 12345B in the images below).  It is recommended that you review PigTrace Tag Options and PigTrace Tag Pricing prior to ordering, as we do not offer refunds or returns.

Pigtrace Tag Options

Tag Application

It is important to make sure you're using the correct tag applicator for these tags.  These are Allflex tags, and use the following Allflex tag applicators:

(1) Red pliers will work with all forms of tags, including the electronic RFID tags

Red pliers

Instructions for Ear Tag Application (.pdf)


(2) Orange handled Retrac-o-Matic will work with our large, visual tag only (i.e., will not work with small piglet tags or electronic FDX-RFID tags).

Orange Retractomatic

Instructions for Ear Tag Application (.pdf)


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