Livestock ID and tagging guide offers valuable herd and flock management advice

Allflex has published a new livestock identification and tagging guide aimed at helping dairy, beef and sheep farmers make better use of tag derived animal data and monitoring intelligence.

The 32-page guide provides full details of the Allflex range of identification, monitoring and livestock intelligence products.  But, more than a simple product catalogue, the guide also contains a wealth of useful information on topics including the use of Electronic Identification (EID) and Tissue Sampling Tags (TST) to monitor daily live weight gains and assess the disease status of individual animals, as well as focusing on the benefits of tagging livestock from birth and ear tagging best practice.

The guide also provides information on how to incorporate tag derived animal intelligence into whole herd and flock management software programmes and is illustrated throughout with a selection of farm case studies.

“At one time, just a simple method of animal identification, the humble ear tag can now help to improve livestock performance and profitability, especially when allied with integrated handling and weighing systems,” explains Johnny Mackey, Beef and Sheep Commercial Manager for Allflex.

“The collection, monitoring and archiving of animal data provides intelligence on key management parameters, such as performance, efficiency, welfare and genetic progress, and is increasingly a key ingredient in efficient, profitable and sustainable production.

“The new Allflex guide offers a range of useful advice on how modern tagging and monitoring equipment can be used to focus on those factors most likely to influence profitability, and to facilitate informed culling, breeding and disease management decisions.”

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