Ear tags can be purchased by calling 1-866-300-1825 or select provincial pork organizations (AB, SK, MB, QC). Rectangle and trapezoid ear tags are available in white, pink and yellow. Electronic (FDX-RFID) versions and the small piglet tag are available in yellow only.
HDX-RFID tags are not appoved for the program yet, but we're working on it.
More information on the tags, including photos, is provided further down the page.
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, FDX-RFID tags
(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).
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): 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.
Tattooing for Traceability
REMEMBER: Proper Tattooing is key to effective traceability and helps to ensure you get paid properly for your hogs!
Step 1: Material Preparation
Step 2: The Tattoo
Step 3: Monitoring
PigTrace Canada: Instructions for Proper Shoulder Slap Tattooing (.pdf)