Guidance

Get new or replacement official ear tags for cattle

Cattle keepers can only buy new or replacement official ear tags for cattle, bison or buffalo from registered suppliers.

You’ll need a stock of official ear tags to use when calves are born on your holding. If a tag is lost or the number can no longer be read you’ll need to get a replacement.

You can only buy official ear tags from suppliers registered with the British Cattle Movement Service (BCMS).

Read the list of suppliers and the official tags they supply

Order a new batch of tags

When you request a batch of official tags, the supplier will need to know your herd mark and County Parish Holding (CPH) number. They’ll use this to get the run of individual unique animal numbers for your tags from BCMS’s Ear Tag Allocation System database. The supplier will send the printed tags direct to you.

You should not apply for more ear tags than you will use in one year. Unused ear tags must be kept securely.

Get replacements for lost tags

If you need to replace an illegible or lost tag, contact any supplier of approved tags to order a replacement.

Always use the correct applicator for the type of tag you are using and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Give feedback about ear tags

BCMS monitors, and may act on, feedback from cattle keepers about official ear tags. You can download a feedback form (PDF, 328KB, 2 pages) or get one from your supplier.

Published 6 May 2014
Last updated 27 February 2020 + show all updates
  1. Changed the layout of approved eartags

  2. The list of approved cattle ear tag manufacturers has been updated.

  3. Updated version of cattle eartag list added

  4. Updated the BCMS email address on the eartag feedback form.

  5. New Ear Tag manufacturer list added.

  6. The approved list of suppliers of cattle ear tags has been updated.

  7. The approved list of suppliers of cattle ear tags has been updated.

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  9. The approved list of suppliers of cattle ear tags has been updated.

  10. The approved list of suppliers of cattle ear tags has been updated.

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  20. Updated ear tag suppliers

  21. The approved list of suppliers of cattle ear tags has been updated.

  22. Updated cattle ear tag manufacturers list

  23. The approved list of suppliers of cattle ear tags has been updated.

  24. The list of approved cattle ear tag manufactures has been updated

  25. Updated list of suppliers and the official tags they supply

  26. The approved list of suppliers of cattle ear tags has been updated.

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  30. The approved Cattle Ear tag supplier list has been updated.

  31. Updated list of new or replacement official ear tags for cattle

  32. New version of Cattle Ear tag list added.

  33. Updated list of cattle ear tag suppliers

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  35. Update to list for official ear tags suppliers

  36. Updated list of cattle ear tag suppliers

  37. Updated the eartag feedback form

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  39. updated version of ear tags list published

  40. Updated version of Cattle Ear Tags list published

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