Discover where you can order metal NUES tags and save the date for a spring webinar

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Animal Bytes

December 2019

Board transitions producers to purchase NUES tags from veterinarians or suppliers

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The Minnesota Board of Animal Health has depleted it’s supply of silver metal NUES tags. At the December 11, 2019 quarterly Board meeting, a decision was made for the Board office to discontinue further distribution of NUES tags.

Minnesota livestock producers (excluding sheep and goat producers) may be able to purchase metal NUES tags from their veterinarian (if they keep a supply). Otherwise, silver metal NUES tags may be purchased from Ketchum Manufacturing (minimum order 100 tags) by calling 800-222-0460 or National Band & Tag Company (minimum order 100 tags for producers; 1000 tags for veterinarians) by calling 859-261-2035.

Orange brucellosis vaccination tags may only be ordered by accredited veterinarians and applied to cattle and bison. Orange metal NUES Brucellosis Vaccination tags can be ordered at no cost from the Board while supplies last by calling 651-201-6836 or using the online tag order form.

To prepare for ordering official identification ear tags, producers should make sure they have a state or federal premises identification number. Either or both can be obtained by completing an online form request to register each premises where livestock are kept: Producers should have their state or federal premises identification number available when ordering official ear tags. Veterinarians should have the premises number for their clinic available when placing an order for official ID.

None of the official ID requirements are changing. The Board is committed to developing resources to facilitate the transition to electronic official identification.

Keep reading...

Save the date for a tick webinar

Join us over your lunch hour and let us answer all of your questions about ticks and mosquitoes.

Pick the Tuesday at 12 p.m. that’s right for you!

  • Local public health agencies and tribes March 3, 2020.
  • Land managers, outdoor workers and enthusiasts, etc. March 10, 2020.
  • Health care providers (physicians, nurses, NPs, PAs) March 17, 2020.
  • Laboratorians March 24, 2020.
  • Veterinarians and veterinary technicians March 31, 2020.
  • For more information or to register for this FREE learning opportunity, visit or call 651-201-5414.

CWD sample collector training

We will have a CWD classroom training for Sample Collector Authorization on Friday afternoon, January 10, 2020 in Plymouth at the Minnesota Elk Breeders Association winter conference.

On Friday, February 28, 2020 we'll hold another training at the annual winter banquet for the Minnesota Deer Farmers Association. The session is 3 - 5 p.m. at the Best Western Plus at 1000 Gramsie Rd, Shoreview, MN 55126.

You do not need to be a registered member of either organization to attend the Board trainings at these meetings. Contact if you have any questions.

Three ways to check your accreditation status

  1. The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service "Look Up Tool" to check accreditation status.
  2. Call your area office. Lisa Liddell (651) 234-5683
  3. Create an account with Veterinary Services Process Streamlining (VSPS).