Equine Identification: Value of a Traceable Commodity

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Equine Identification is a very important asset that must be considered in the overall business plan of all ranches. The theft of horses has always been a major problem, and with the value of certain pure breeds, it’s a small price to pay for a cherished asset.

Many people consider Equine, an animal of great value that does not share the same opposition from breeders of other animals such as cattle, bison, sheep, goats and pigs, when it comes to traceable identification.

In the past tattooing was one of the favorite choices of identification and accepted by most breeders and professionals in the equine industry, along with hot branding and freeze branding.  Since the mad cow epidemic in 2003, the identification of horses is included in the National Animal Identification System (NAIS), which is governed by the USDA.

The Livestock-ID blog provides free content, tips, and resources related to animal Identification.

The main advantages of micro-chipping horses are the accurate identification of horses in case of theft, natural disaster, and insurance claims. Being able to identify your horse is the most important aspect, when it concerns your bottom line.

The costs for micro chips of horses is significantly lower than cattle, horses are injected with a glass transponder, where cattle use ear tags for identification. Ear tags are generally more expensive than glass transponders.

When horses are scanned with a radio frequency identification (RFID) reader, The ID tag is searched in a national database that records every detail of the horse, from the date of birth to the present owner, and the contact information of the owner.

There are several companies that offer a complete identification kits and access to the national database, where you can chip a horse, and then record all data into the national database. This is where the value of micro-chipping comes into play.

For more information on animal disease traceability and cattle identification, have a look at Livestock-ID, Animal Identification Resources, which is a blog that is centered around cattle and livestock identification. A popular blog with cattlemen.

For more information on microchips for equine, see Livestock-ID, Animal Identification Resources.


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