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Re: Tagging calves

Postby JCcattle » Thu Jan 25, 2018 11:49 pm

We put in the big allflex tags on the newborn heifers and our steers get feedlot Z-tags. Happy with how long the Allflex tags stay in but doesn’t help much when in a few years it’s just a blank tag in their ear. Gonna try new markers. The feedlot tags last for our steers as long as we have them around.
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Haha that’s a bad pic if there ever was one. Was trying to get a view of that lump. But also you can see or not see how bad these tags are they are from 2012. Embarrassingly enough it’s all 3 colors from Dads herd. He only has one silver cow but it threw a silver heifer he’s keeping. :?
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Re: Tagging calves

Postby Ky hills » Thu Jan 25, 2018 11:59 pm

Have done it different ways. 3 days ago, found our first 2018 calf, knew the cow was close but hadn't thought about what to put on the calf tag. I put the cow number on top in small size and then wrote the calf number 1 in larger size.
This year, I'm using Temple 2 piece calf tags. We changed our cow tags last fall to Y Tex, Had used them for years, then got some defective fly tag buttons, and said I wouldn't use that brand any more. Then when trying to decide what kind to use for the cows, decided to try them again as we hadn't had any problem with the regular tags.
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Re: Tagging calves

Postby dun » Fri Jan 26, 2018 12:39 am

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Silver wrote:Curious as to why some opt to go to the trouble of tagging a heifer calf, then removing that tag upon retaining her, and issuing a new tag?

That's pretty simple really. We don;t retain or sell as breeding stock every heifer born. Most go to the salebarn with the steers. Our criteria for breeding stock is as tough for heifers as it is for bulls.


That's fine. No different here. But what does that have to do with the tag change?

We use cheap tags for the calves and use a better quaility permanent tag that is larger for post weaning permanent tags
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Re: Tagging calves

Postby dun » Fri Jan 26, 2018 12:45 am

JCcattle wrote:We put in the big allflex tags on the newborn heifers and our steers get feedlot Z-tags. Happy with how long the Allflex tags stay in but doesn’t help much when in a few years it’s just a blank tag in their ear. Gonna try new markers. The feedlot tags last for our steers as long as we have them around.
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Haha that’s a bad pic if there ever was one. Was trying to get a view of that lump. But also you can see or not see how bad these tags are they are from 2012. Embarrassingly enough it’s all 3 colors from Dads herd. He only has one silver cow but it threw a silver heifer he’s keeping. :?

The ink we use is Destron Super Marker. The oldest tags we used it on are 12 years old and are still legible from a distance. I do it with 2 coats of ink. Works on both Y-Tex and Z-tags. Some of the origianl calf tags are so faded you can;t read them so I just redo them with the new marker.
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Re: Tagging calves

Postby True Grit Farms » Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:04 am

We write the last digit of the year born first, then the order it was born on the front of the tag. On the back of the tag is the Dames number. Steers get tagged in the LEFT ear, heifers in the right, and that's harder than it sounds sometimes. With old eyes It's hard enough for me to read a few big numbers, KISS.
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Re: Tagging calves

Postby greatgerts » Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:09 am

Silver wrote:Curious as to why some opt to go to the trouble of tagging a heifer calf, then removing that tag upon retaining her, and issuing a new tag?


We try and use a color code system. Bull A's calves get yellow tags, Bull B's get green tags, Bull C's gets white tags. That is easy for us to notice differences in sire groups, since we will normally rotate cows between groups to try different matings. We keep those tags in until the heifers are ready to breed, and we will then change it to who owns her. My dad has blue tags and I have orange.
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Re: Tagging calves

Postby dun » Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:29 am

True Grit Farms wrote:We write the last digit of the year born first, then the order it was born on the front of the tag. On the back of the tag is the Dames number. Steers get tagged in the LEFT ear, heifers in the right, and that's harder than it sounds sometimes. With old eyes It's hard enough for me to read a few big numbers, KISS.

We do just the opposite sides. Left for heifers and right for boys
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Re: Tagging calves

Postby JCcattle » Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:48 am

I guess none of you are like me I can’t for the life of me remember left and right :???: on my drivers test I had to tell the guy he’d need to point which way he wanted me to turn and he obliged thankfully :kid: when I tag calves I think of the ear I can see when they run out of the ring! Yes I know I have a problem lol
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Re: Tagging calves

Postby Randi » Fri Jan 26, 2018 9:14 am

JCcattle wrote:I guess none of you are like me I can’t for the life of me remember left and right :???: on my drivers test I had to tell the guy he’d need to point which way he wanted me to turn and he obliged thankfully :kid: when I tag calves I think of the ear I can see when they run out of the ring! Yes I know I have a problem lol


I have the same problem. Its easy using different colour tags, lol.
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Re: Tagging calves

Postby Dave » Fri Jan 26, 2018 11:23 am

I just put the cow number on a calf tag. The date of birth etc is recorded in the record book. Any calves that are retained will get their own tag later. I have used one color for bull calves and another for heifers. It does make for easier sorting later. As for left ear/right ear...... i worry more about getting the tag facing the right direction. I usually get one tag a year facing the wrong way.
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Re: Tagging calves

Postby M-5 » Fri Jan 26, 2018 11:46 am

ive tried to do the bull left heifer right and could tell any difference in weaning weights. now I just tag the ear that I grab first. color was something I tried one time also . now I just decided if I want it yellow or red cause that's the free Ztags I have .
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Re: Tagging calves

Postby Silver » Fri Jan 26, 2018 11:51 am

I have been sitting on the calf's left side to tag and castrate for so long I don't think I could possibly do it from the other side, so left ears only lol
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Re: Tagging calves

Postby Belzora » Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:41 pm

I tag bulls in one color and heifers in a different color. Always in the right ear due to the preconditioned sale I sell in requires their tag in the left. Its a different tag than I use so I like a clean ear to work with. I don't write anything on the tag its all in my record book and on my phone. Which would be a lot harder with a bigger herd lol
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Re: Tagging calves

Postby dun » Fri Jan 26, 2018 1:57 pm

JCcattle wrote:I guess none of you are like me I can’t for the life of me remember left and right :???: on my drivers test I had to tell the guy he’d need to point which way he wanted me to turn and he obliged thankfully :kid: when I tag calves I think of the ear I can see when they run out of the ring! Yes I know I have a problem lol

For left and right I usually substitute drivers sign turn and passenger side turn
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Re: Tagging calves

Postby JCcattle » Fri Jan 26, 2018 10:05 pm

dun wrote:For left and right I usually substitute drivers sign turn and passenger side turn

Lol me too. I know a left turn makes you drive out in traffic and a right turn you can just sneak around the corner.
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