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Title: Animal Identification


1
Animal Identification
  • Methods for Marking Livestock

2
Methods of Animal Identification
  • Permanent
  • branding
  • tattoos
  • ear notches
  • Temporary/Non-permanent
  • ear tags
  • leg or neck bands
  • marking paint

3
Why Identify Individuals?
  • Record Keeping
  • vaccinations and medicines given
  • production and breeding records
  • Tracking Beyond the Farm
  • if the animal becomes sick after the sale or the
    carcass is contaminated, they can track it back
    to the source

4
Lets Focus on the Universal Pig Ear Notching
System
  • universal and permanent
  • inexpensive, quick, and easy
  • individual Identity for each animal
  • other forms, such as ear tags, could cause
    problems

5
When to Ear Notch?
  • best when newborn (1 to 3 days old) or at least
    less than one week old
  • heal quickly when young

Image from Nebraska-Lincoln Extension Service
6
How Do You Ear Notch?
  • use a tool called an ear notcher
  • makes a small v-shaped notch
  • not too deep or too shallow (about 1/4 on young
    pigs, 1/2 on older ones)
  • well-spaced not too close to the head or too
    close together
  • apply disinfectant or antiseptic when finished

7
Pigs Right Ear(left if looking at the pig)
  • this is the litter number
  • all pigs in the same litter must have the same
    notches in this ear

8
Pigs Left Ear(right if looking at the pig)
  • this is the pig number
  • each pig in the same litter must have different
    notches in this ear

9
Reading the Notchesthere may be only 1 or 2
notches per location (location 81 can only have
one)add the notches together to determine the
number (for example 1 1 9 11)
10
Lets Practice!What is this pigs litter and pig
number?
11
This Pig is 28 - 6Litter 27 1 28Pig
3 3 6
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