The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) amended its rules in June of 2012 to enhance the effective traceability of beef cattle movements in Texas. The rule requires adult breeding cattle in Texas to have an approved form of permanent identification in place at change of ownership. Beginning January 1, 2013, all sexually intact adult cattle in Texas must be officially identified at change of ownership as per TAHC rules.
There are several options for meeting this permanent identification requirement with approved techniques and products. However, in an effort to provide a low cost alternative the TAHC is making the metal clip ear tags available at no charge to producers. These are the same tags used for years for first point testing for Brucellosis.
These metal clip ear tags will be made available from TAHC through multiple locations in most counties. In an effort to assist producers across the state in gaining easy access to these metal clip tags, Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service has agreed to assist in the tag distribution. Livestock auction barns and interested veterinary clinics will also partner with TAHC in the distribution of tags. Participating AgriLife Extension offices along with other partners are listed on the TAHC website.
New Cattle Traceability Rule (summary of new rule and frequently asked questions)