Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Florida Cattle Identification

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(850) 410-0900

The Florida Cattle Identification Rule is intended to improve the state’s ability to trace diseased animals, prevent disease spread in an animal disease emergency, and protect the marketability of Florida cattle. 

The rule requires cattle 18 months of age or older moving within the state to be tagged with official individual identification. Cattle moving to approved tagging sites for tagging, cattle moving directly to slaughter, and cattle moving between pastures under normal ranching operations, without changing ownership, are exempted under the rule.

Cattle owners can apply official identification tags themselves or have their cattle tagged at an approved tagging site. A variety of official identification tags can be purchased through an animal health product supplier. U.S. Department of Agriculture National Uniform Eartagging System tags can be obtained, at no charge, through the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services by calling (850) 410-0900.

View the Rule Texts

Registering Your Premises

Obtaining Official Identification Tags

Federal Traceability Rule