Earmarks

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Earmarks

Why do Bonsmara breeders cut the calves ears?

The identifications system some love to hate. This system was implementing for easy identification of animals. The animal’s identification number can be easily read even at a distance of 50m. Ear tags are not clearly visible, it fade over time and can tear out of the animal’s ear. It also happens (very often) that you must put an animal in a crush to study the tag and identify the animal, which is all very stressful for all involved and time consuming. When ear tags get lost, it is almost impossible to identify the animal, which has a lot of implications on one’s record keeping.

Each “snip” in the ear is a specific number. The diagram below, explains it nicely. The left ear is one’s and the right ear is 10’s Earmarking numbers
The diagram below shows calf nr 46 30+10 +5+1 = 46

Earmarking Calf Number 46