USDA has granted approval for the new 840 RFID swine premises tag. The new swine ID tag is available from Destron Fearing, a subsidiary of Digital Angel Corporation.

The 840 RFID premises tag consists of a unique 840 (indicating the United States) country-coded, 15-digit animal ID number as well as a pink tamper-proof RFID button and a pink visual panel stud. Each tag also carries the official U.S. shield, a seven-character alpha-numeric premises identification number, the state postal code of the PIN and a notice that it is unlawful to remove the tag.

“We are excited to be the first company to offer a USDA-approved 840 RFID swine premises tag,” says Dan Ellsworth, Destron Fearing’s senior vice president of sales and marketing. “We are proud to continue our market leadership in the swine identification market segment.”

U.S. pork producers can now capitalize on RFID technology to identify breeding animals and utilize a USDA-approved swine premises tag in one application. The tags function as an official means to identify breeding stock entering harvest channels while helping to improve trace-back accuracy and support comprehensive disease-surveillance programs.  

The swine premises tags are available in both FDX and HDX technologies