|(a) In order to be approved as a tagging site the person
responsible for the tagging site must agree to administer the tagging
of livestock at their location in accordance with the following requirements:
(1) Obtain official identification eartags only as
directed by the commission.
(2) Unload animals requiring official identification
only when the owner or the person in possession, care, or control
of the animals agrees to have the animals officially identified in
accordance with approved tagging site protocols.
(b) Requirements for officially identifying animals:
(1) Officially identify animals required to be identified
before commingling with animals from different premises, or use a
backtag or other method to accurately maintain the animal's identity
until the official eartag is applied. The official identification
can then be correlated to the person responsible for shipping the
(2) Apply only official eartags to animals not already
(3) Do not remove official identification devices unless
authorized by commission personnel.
(c) Maintain tagging records using forms or electronic
systems as directed by animal health officials to include at a minimum:
(1) The name, street address, city, state, and zip
code of the owner or person responsible for the animals tagged.
(2) The official identification numbers of the tags
applied associated with the owner or person responsible for the animals.
(3) The date the official identification eartags were
(d) Provide the records to the commission if requested.
(e) Ensure the security of official eartags and distribution
(1) Maintaining a record of all official identification
eartags received, distributed, and applied at the tagging site for
a minimum of five years.
(2) Keeping the inventory of tags and records in a
secure place accessible only to tagging site personnel.
(3) Immediately reporting any lost or stolen tags to