Getting hogs tagged for identification isn’t as much of a challenge as keeping the tags in place. Now, metal swine ID tags, which have been a nagging challenge for the pork industry, may soon be obsolete in Iowa.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship has developed a new plastic version of the ID tags to replace the metal tags. Such tags are commonly used for identification needs related to show pigs, as well as feeder and weaned pigs. “This will be good news for many producers,” predicts James McKean, DVM, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

“The tags are available from practicing veterinarians in Iowa and are considered official identification for both intrastate and interstate transport of swine,” McKean notes. “The plastic tags should be easier to apply and retain for show pigs, and others that may be moved.”

The new tags are triangular in shape, and measure approximately 1.5 inches from top to bottom and from side to side at the widest point. The tags are manufactured by All-Flex.

For more information, contact your local or herd veterinarian or area Extension agent.