Calf Tagging Simplified for Ballymoney Beef Farmer
Time is a valuable commodity on Desmond Fulton’s farm near Ballymoney as he manages to run a successful beef enterprise in addition to his role as chairman of the UFU Animal Health and Welfare Committee.
Desmond’s beef enterprise involves a 90 cow suckler herd where the majority of the calves born are finished on the farm. This means a constant work load including, calving, weaning, feeding, bedding and daily checking to keep all groups thriving and the enterprise viable.
To make sure all of the tasks run as efficiently as possible, animal identification is paramount. He explained “I need to invest in an ear tag that is durable and will stay in the animal’s ear for its lifetime. The Caisley tag is made of high quality plastic which does not break and it has a 99% retention rate meaning replacement tags have now become a rarity saving time and money. The design and ease of application also means I have no issue with empty BVD samples.
Referring to the Caisley system for BVD testing, Desmond commented on the BVD sealed vial for ease of testing and ensuring more successful tissue sampling. “The Caisley tags are very user friendly. Tagging calves is simple and easy, and once tagged the sample is ready to go with no fiddly, time consuming sealing procedure.”
Roger Allen, Sales Manager with Countryside Services was keen to highlight that
one major advantage to farmers is the clever design of the applicator meaning that it applies both tags to the animal and can be used for BVD & DNA sampling, electronic EID tags, standard visuals and buttons.
Desmond also commented “Countryside Services provide a wide range of services to the farming community and this is expanding due to their efficiency and attention to detail. I have been a customer for over five years and can whole heartedly endorse them as a company that can be relied upon.”
Roger Allen also commented,
“In addition to the quality of our Caisley tags, Countryside Services strive for production efficiency and excellent customer service. We have increased the availability of our Caisley tags to the farming community by supplying Caisley tags to independent merchants and veterinary practices, in addition to our premises at Dungannon and our online store.