It’s time to order your 2018 Rabies Tags!

As we get ready to enter our Rabies Tag season (August – December), our busiest time of the year, we urge all our veterinarian customers to order as early as possible for a quicker turnaround time. The NASPHV recommended style of the year is the style #228 Orange Oval.

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Here are a few tips to help with your 2018 Orange Oval Rabies Tag Order:

  1. Order enough tags. If you are on the fence about how many tags to order, we always recommend over-ordering. If you must re-order more tags, it will cost more time and money than if you order 100 more tags than normal the first time. If you have extra tags at the end of the year, you can recycle aluminum tags.
  2. Special orders take more time. If you are ordering something other than stamped tags with standard packing, don’t forget to account for additional weeks onto the time it will take to produce your order. This can really affect customers who want to order paint filled tags that are flat packed in November and December.
  3. Don’t forget to pay for your order. All orders must be paid for before the tags will be produced. (Unless you have a Net 30 account). Just call in with your quote number and credit card to pay, or mail a check.
  4. Review your acknowledgement. After your sales representative has entered your order they will send you an acknowledgement (receipt), please review it to make sure the stamping, quantity, style, color etc. is correct. Your estimated shipping date will also be on your acknowledgement.

If you have any questions or want to check the status of your order, give us a call at 859-261-2035.

Happy 4th of July from the NB&T Family!

bald eagleThis Independence Day we want to celebrate by featuring bird bands for our national bird, the Bald Eagle.  The bald eagle was chosen June 20, 1782 as the emblem of the United States of America, because of its long life, great strength, and majestic looks, and because it was then believed to exist only on this continent.

For birds of prey, we recommend Rivet Bands so that the bird cannot pull it off with its break.

Bald Eagle: Size 8A or 9
Golden Eagle: Size 9, 9A or 9C

(These sizes are recommended from the USGS Bird Banding Laboratory and should only be used as a guide. NB&T is not responsible for incorrect sizes being ordered based on these recommendations.)

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rivet bands on bald eagle

The silver Rivet Bands are usually attached to an eaglet’s leg while they are still young, but their legs are fully grown. The silver Rivet Bands are attached by US Fish and Wildlife services, while the colored band represents the individual bander or organization doing the research.

Have you seen a banded bald eagle? Learn more about reporting banded birds from The Center for Conservation Biology.

Ear Tags for Research and Wildlife Conservation Purposes

cute animals with tagsIdentification tags are an important part of researching animals so that they can be identified if recaptured. Most people recognize our self-piercing tags as ear tags for mice, rats, and livestock, but our customers use the Monel 1005 series on a variety of animals that you may not have thought of for different wildlife conservation and research purposes.

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Check out different animals our customers have tagged:

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  • Prairie Dogs
  • Deer Mice
  • Quokkas
  • Voles
  • Hedge Hogs
  • Pikas
  • Degus
  • Chipmunks
  • Banner Tailed Kangaroo Rats
  • Ferrets
  • Red Squirrels
  • Flying Squirrels
  • White Footed Mouse
  • Brown Lemming
  • Franklin’s Ground Squirrel
  • Montane Grass Mouse

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  • Fox Squirrels
  • Antelope Jackrabbits
  • American Beavers
  • Racoon Dogs
  • Red Squirrels
  • Gray Squirrels
  • Marmots
  • Badgers
  • Common Brushtail Possums
  • Rock-Wallabies
  • Tammar Wallabies
  • Porcupines
  • Skunks
  • Snowshoe Hares

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  • Pygmy rabbits
  • Racoons
  • Wolverines

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  • Red Foxes
  • Alligators
  • Fur Seals

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  • Green Turtles
  • Black Sea Turtles
  • Loggerhead Sea Turtle
  • Leatherback Turtles
  • Hawksbill Sea Turtle
  • Olive Ridley Sea Turtle
  • Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle
  • Flatback Sea Turtle

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  • Moose
  • Crocodiles
  • White-Tailed Deer
  • Crabeater Seals
  • Ross Seals

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  • Roosevelt Elk
  • Mule Deer

8 Ways to Use Asset Tags to Promote Safety in the Workplace

national safety month logoJune is National Safety Month, and to celebrate we are listing 8 different ways that Asset Tags and Asset Labels can be used to promote safety in the workplace by properly identifying hazardous materials and equipment.

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  1. Type 304 Stainless Steel Asset Tags can be used in harsh environments and extreme heat or cold. One customer uses them to keep employees safe in and around their liquid nitrogen tanks.
  2. Type 316 Stainless Steel is used for the food processing industry and is “food grade stainless steel”. It can stand up to harsh chemicals so these tags are used to ID food processing equipment, because they won’t rust, or corrode and contaminate the food.
  3. Colored Aluminum comes in multiple colors and is great for valve tags, inspection tags, and other warning signs because they can come in bright, visible colors such as red, yellow, and orange. A few different customers use red aluminum for inspection tags so that it is noticeable if the items have not been inspected.
  4. UV Stable Black Aluminum is great for labeling assets and equipment outdoors. One customer uses these tags to label electrical equipment with voltage warnings.
  5. Plastic Tags are available in pink, yellow, white, or orange. These colored tags can be used to color code items that need to be inspected. Colored Apron Tag Discs (style 85V) are marked with the year and are rotated after inspection.
  6. Snap-Off plastic tags are available for quickly identifying an item. These tags can be used to label temporary or permeant hazards. Some customers staple the plastic tag to wood pallets with staple guns.
  7. Asset Labels are made from military grade 3M™ 7847 polyacrylic matte black stock. They can be custom shaped and designed to meet almost any safety ID need. One customer uses QR Codes on Asset Labels to label equipment. The QR Code then leads to a website with instructions, safety protocols, and contact info if assistance is needed.
  8. Asset Labels promote safety by labeling containers that hold chemicals. The flexibility of the Asset Labels allows for an ID on rounded containers where a flat metal tag would not fit.

How is your company celebrating National Safety Month? Share with us in the comments section below.

How To: Use a QR Code for Educational Walking Trails

Are you looking to use QR (Quick Response) Codes to create an educational walking trail in your museum, arboretum, botanical garden, school, or park? QR Codes are a great way to provide more information about an item by sending people to a website. NB&T is here to help guide you through the process of getting your website into a QR code and onto a tag.

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Follow these easy steps to complete your educational walking trail and get people scanning your QR Coded tags!

Prep your QR Code Information:

  1. Determine what you want to have a QR Code on (plants, statues, trees, posts, memorial sites, exhibits etc.)
  2. Create and design a separate web page for everything you want to have a QR Code on. (Ask your webmaster for assistance with steps #2 and #3 if needed).

Example:
Tree 1 – QR Code goes to www.tree1.com
Tree 2 – QR Code goes to www.tree2.com

3. Optional – For best scanning of a QR Code, use redirects for extremely long URLs.

Design Your Tag:

  1. Browse through our website to determine the tag style, size, material, and hole size you want.
  2. Sketch up a mockup, or layout of how you want your tag to look, along with any other information you want, such as company name, logo, item name, year, etc.
  3. Send info from #4 and #5, along with quantity of tags you need to tags@nationalband.com for a free price quote.
  4. Once ready to order – send your complete tag info to us using our Data Transfer Instructions. It is important to send us your info correctly so none of your tags are off. We will turn your web page URL into a QR Code!

Setting up Your Walking Trail:

  1. Set up all your tags in a visible place where people can easily scan them.
  2. Encourage people to use their smart phones to scan the tag for more information on the item they are looking at.
  3. Maintenance – you can change the info on your web pages as much as you need. As long as the URL doesn’t change, you won’t need to replace your QR Coded tag.
Send us pictures of your completed walking trail!

Example: NC Coastal Reserve

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  1. Determined they had 22 places throughout the walking trail on the reserve that needed a QR Code.
  2. Created their 22 web pages that in this case, held audio files.
  3. This customer used tinyurl.com for their redirects.
  4. They chose a style 14 tag, 3” x 4” inches, in UV stable black aluminum material, with an 1/8” inch hole on the top and bottom of the tag.
  5. They decided they wanted for their tag layout the QR Code first, then “Audio Trail Interpretation Station” the URL, and their company name smaller at the bottom.
  6. Sent the info to us for a quote.
  7. Sent their data transfer Excel sheet to us using the correct format.tiny url pic
  8. Used screws to hang their tags into posts along the trail.
  9. Promoted scanning their new tags through social media.

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15 Benefits of Using Labels to Identify Plants in your Garden

When you are growing a wide variety of plants, flowers, vegetables, and herbs in your garden, it can become difficult to name and remember the details of each plant. Plant tags and tree tags can simplify things no matter if you are an at-home gardener or a large botanical garden.

Plant Markers can be beneficial when you are:

  1. Growing food and having other people harvest it
  2. Learning how to identify plants
  3. Trying to save seeds or bulbs
  4. Sharing a plot of land and want to keep everything separate from your neighbors
  5. Planting in a public community garden with multiple people working on it
  6. Trying to use intercropping (companion planting) to reduce weeds and pests
  7. Running a nursery or greenhouse to increase efficiency
  8. Maximizing care of your plants by having instructions right next to them
  9. Minimizing buying duplicates so that you can have a wide variety of plants
  10. Trying to locate where you had a plant no longer in bloom.
  11. Educating others with an interactive walk-through garden
  12. Grouping plants according to type
  13. Identifying plants for sale or that were already sold
  14. Creating a professional looking garden to impress others with your plant knowledge
  15. Monitoring growth by marking the date it was planted

Are you ready to start identifying plants? The next step is to decide on what type of plant label is best for you, your identification goals and garden environment. Check out our blog, What type of plant label will work best in your garden?

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What type of plant label will work best in your garden?

The first step to finding the plant label that will work best in your garden is to know what your identification goals are. Are you looking to color coordinate, sequentially number, or write on the tag yourself? Do you need something simple or do you need something with a high end polished look? Another factor to keep in mind is the environment; are these temporary for the summer, or do they need to last year-round where the tag will be subjected to harsh weather?

National Band & Tag has a variety of plant labels available to meet your identification needs.

Plastic Plant Labels
Plastic plant labels are helpful in the garden when you want to color code your plants, or have bright visible labels. Plastic plant labels can be written on with a sharpie, or our recommended All-Weather Marker. These tags can also be custom laser etched with your company’s name, logo, and a barcode. Plastic plant labels come in a variety of sizes, from a small potted plant all the way to a large shrub or bush, we have the size to fit your plant. They are versatile and can work for an at-home gardener or a garden retail store. Plastic tags are great for temporary use or 1+ years outdoors, depending on how harsh the weather is. Available in Pink, Orange, White, and Yellow.

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Write-On Plant Tags
Write-On Tags are made from a thin metal (aluminum or copper) that you can engrave on yourself with a pen or sharp object. The 2702 series has a biodegradable cardboard backing to assist in writing on the tag. These tags are helpful when you need to engrave on the spot and want something durable to last outdoors.

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Metal Tags
Metal plant tags are helpful for gardeners looking to identify a lot of information about one plant, such as their name, species, genius, care instructions, etc. Metal plant tags come in a variety of materials, but we recommend the UV Stable Black Aluminum material, especially if you need the label to last for years outdoors. QR Codes can be laser etched on metal tags for those want to create an education walking trail like an arboretum or botanical garden.

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Wood Pot Labels and Wood Stakes
Both plain and treated wood pot labels are available in multiple sizes depending on the size of the potted plant you are trying to label. Wood Pot Labels are great for labeling plants for sale at a garden store or nursery. Wood Stakes are helpful for labeling trees, plots of land, rows of trees and bushes. They can be written on with a sharpie or our All-Weather Marker shown above under plastic tags.

wooden plant stakes

Still have questions? Call us at 859-261-2035 to talk with one of our tag specialists, or leave us a comment below!

Why use leg and wing bands to identify your poultry?

For chickens, ducks, quail, pheasants, peafowl, turkeys and more, the correct type of id band can make all the difference when it comes time to sell or breed your birds. Identification is helpful for multiple reasons including, but not limited to:

  • Keeping track of the number of birds you have
  • Helping lost or stolen birds be returned to the proper owner
  • Tracking pedigree
  • Tracing generations
  • Recording when birds were born and keeping track of the ages of your flock
  • Meeting requirements for shows/competitions
  • Tracking migration patterns
  • And more!

There are multiple types of identification such as wing bands and leg bands available to meet your needs, from color coding, blank bands, custom stamped bands, numbered bands, stamped sequential numbering or even laser etched barcodes.

Wing Bands

Wing Bands

Leg Bands

Leg Bands

Example: you could use a different color every year to track age, barcodes to track pedigree, or sequential numbering to track the number of birds you have. 

Not sure where to get started? Learn more about What Type of Poultry Identification Is Best for You

What type of poultry identification is best for you?

Wing Bands
Wing bands are a permanent type of identification with a high retention rate that will stay with the chick for life and grow with it. Wing bands will not bother the bird, and may be covered with feathers when they are older, making it more difficult to read. Wing bands are usually put on chicks, anywhere from a day old to a few weeks, but can also be put on adult birds.

Learn more about: Which Wing Band is Best for You

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Leg Bands
Leg bands are an aluminum or plastic band that wrap around a bird’s leg and must be fitted to their leg size. Leg bands are more commonly used on fully grown birds, but when used on a young bird, the band must be constantly changed as the bird’s leg grows. Leg bands can be a temporary source of identification or a permanent one. Plastic leg bands will fall off easier than metal ones due to the bird pecking at it or excess exposure to weather. Leg bands are the best option for those who do not wish to pierce the skin with a wing band or toe punch.

Learn more about: Which Leg Band is Best for You

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***Try a combination of leg bands and wing bands for guaranteed identification***

Peepers / Blinders
Plastic Peepers and Blinders are used to stop cannibalism amongst birds, such as chickens and pheasants, by hiding other birds from view. These are considered the modern version of chicken glasses. Some people will only use Peepers on birds that cause problems, while others will use them on their whole flock as a preventive measure. Try using different colors to track different ages or flocks of birds.

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Toe Punches
Toe Punches can be used to mark the webbing between the toes of baby chicks. This option works for those who don’t need colors or numbers to achieve their ID goals. Toe Punches create a small 2mm hole in the webbing, and there is a total of 16 different markings possible (one hole, two holes, left foot, right foot etc.). Toe punches can also be used to pre-punch a hole in the wing webbing for wing bands.

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Other Poultry Identification Options:
Neck Tags – Plastic tags that can be hung by the neck of a baby chick.

Wing Badges – Large plastic badge that attaches to the wing and has large visible numbers.

Bird Bits – Plated steel or plastic bits that are placed in the bird’s nostrils to help stop pecking. Special/deep feeders are needed so the birds may continue to eat.

 

Click Here to View All National Band & Tag’s Poultry ID Products!

Which wing band is best for you?

Start by figuring out what your identification goal is, and what your wing band will need to be able to do to achieve this goal. All wing bands can be stamped, but if you want a barcode your style options are more limited.

Wing Band Stamping, Laser Etching, and Fusion Options
Wing Band Style # Stamped Laser Etched Characters Laser Etched Barcodes Fusion Markings (Characters, Barcodes)
Zip 890-2.75 Yes Yes No Yes
Zip 890-3 Yes Yes No No
Zip 890-4 Yes Yes No No
Jiffy 893 & 893B Yes No No No
Tab End 898-2.75 Yes Yes Yes No
Tab End 898-3 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Tab End 898-4 Yes Yes Yes No
Zip 892-3 Yes No No Yes
Atlas Seal 8906-2 & 8906-2.5 Yes No No No
Self-Piercing 681A Yes Yes Yes No

Stamping (with and without Paint Fill)
Stamping will last and stay readable

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Laser Etched Characters
Etching may wear off bands after a few months depending on the use

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Fusion Marked
Fusion marking will last the longest and stay vibrant and visible

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***Barcodes will require a scanner, scanners are available for purchase or sample bands are available to test with your own scanners.

 

Zip Wing Band

  • zip wing bandStyle 890-2.75, 890-3, 890-4
  • The Zip is our most popular wing band. It is pre-formed with a rivet that makes the band tamper-resistant when sealed with our applicator.
  • The Zip comes in several colors and can have colored eyelets for easy color coded identification.

Jiffy Wing Band

  • jiffy wing bandStyle 893 (Aluminum) and Style 893B (Brass)
  • The Jiffy is designed as a one-step application with its self-piercing design and reinforced piercing point.
  • The Jiffy is a popular style for those new to wing banding because of its easy to use, self-piercing feature.
  • It is the only wing band available in a brass material.

Other Wing Band Styles

  • Tab End Style 898-2.75, 898-3, and 898-4tab end wing band
    • Does not require an applicator, can be closed by hand.
    • Popular for breeders and boiler chickens.
  • Zip Style 892-3892-3 wing band
    • Is pre-formed with a drawn tube to create a tamper-resistant seal when sealed with our applicator
  • Atlas Seal Style 8906-2 and 8906-2.5atlas seal wing band
    • Is narrow with a pointed end
  • Self-Piercing Style 681A681 wing band
    • A wing band for large birds such as turkeys. Also, used as an ear tag for smaller livestock animals. Aluminum is recommended for birds.

Wing Banding Size Guide

  • Size 3 wing bands are our most popular size wing bands because they fit on most birds. Size 2.5 and 2.75 may be used for smaller species, and Size 4 can be used on larger species. They may look too large on a chick, but the chick will grow into it and it won’t bother them as an adult.

Now that you’ve picked out your wing band style, view our blog on How-To Apply your Wing Band!

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Which Leg Band is Best for You?

Which Leg Band is best for you?

The first step to finding the right leg band for your needs is to determine what size you will need. Sizes are based on the inside diameter of the band. Not all leg band styles are available in all sizes.

Size Guide

Leg Band Size Guidance Chat

This chart should be used as a guide only. The most accurate way to find the correct leg band size is to measure your bird’s leg. We are not responsible for incorrect sizes being ordered based on this chart. Free samples are available to test out which size works for you.

Inside Diameter of Band Breed of Poultry, Small Birds, Gamebirds, Etc.
3/32” Sparrows, Swallows, Warblers, Goldfinch, House Wrens
1/8” Canaries, Chickadees, Quail (1 day – 2wks), Evening Grosbeak, Titmouse
5/32” Quail (2 wks – 4wks), Canaries (Yorkshire & larger breeds), Parakeets, Love Birds, Budgerigar
3/16” Doves, Pheasant Poults (1 day – 5 wks), Cockatiels, California Valley Quail, Mexican Quail (adults).
7/32” Quail (4 wks – average adult), Mississippi Quail, Massachusetts Quail, Bobwhite Quail.
¼” Baby Chicks, Small pigeons (squabs, Archangels, Nuns, Tipplers, Rollers, Turbets, Fantails) Doves, growing Pheasants (4 – 8 wks), Quail (adult Northern or Southern extra-large birds)
5/16” Wild Ducks (1 day – 6wks), Medium Pigeons, Wild Geese (1 day – 6wks), Woodduck, Pheasant females, (golden & fancy breeds, adults), Blue Winged Teal, Hungarian Partridge
3/8” Growing Chicks, Large Pigeons (Show Homers, English Carriers, Carneaux, English Pouters, Hungarian Kings, White Kings, Mondaines, Feather Legged Toys); adult Ringneck Pheasants, Wild Ducks (6 weeks to adult), Wild Geese (4-10 weeks), Woodducks, Ruffed Grouse (female); Chukar Partridge, Gadwall Ducks, Pintail Ducks, Prairie Chickens, Chinese Pheasants.
7/16” Bantams, Largest Pigeons (Giant Runts, Crosses, Tiger Swallows, Runt Crosses, Trumpeters, Bantams), Pheasants (males all breeds), Wild Ducks (mallards, adults – all breeds), Sage Grouse (female) Peacock Pheasants, Ringneck Pheasants, Mallard Ducks, Baldpate & Pintail Ducks, Ruffed Grouse (male).
½” Grouse, Geese (6-12 wks.), Wild Ducks, English Call Ducks, Ringneck Pheasants (male)
9/6” Leghorns Hens, Ancona, Silkie, Gamebirds
5/8” Minorcas, Wyandottes, Crossbreeds
11/16” Leghorn (Cocks), Rocks, Reds
¾” Orpingtons, Canadian Geese (small race), Wild Geese, Wild Turkeys
13/16” Brahmas, Langshans, Large Ducks
7/8” Turkeys, Hens, Large Male Chickens, Geese, Wild Turkeys, Canadian Geese (large race, Honkers)
1” Turkey Toms

 

Butt-End Leg Bands

  • Style 1242
  • These aluminum leg bands are available in multiple colors and are one of our most popular styles of leg bands. Sizes are available to fit almost any species of bird all the way from a hummingbird up to a swan. The applicator is required for opening and closing the leg bands (exception size 24 and up – you can use slip joint pliers)
  • New – 1242-22S has been made in a shorter height for roosters.
  • Federal band sizes and hard metal Butt-End Bands are available for those who require it.

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Adjustable Leg Bands

  • Atlas Seal Style 305A & 305AL (Aluminum) and 305ABR (Brass)
    • Our most popular permanent sealed leg band, can be adjusted before closing to three different sizes.
  • Other adjustable leg bands are available for small species such as quail. Click the Adjustable Leg Band link above to view the styles available.

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Plastic Leg Bands

  • Spirals (Styles 2104 – 2116) and Bandettes (Styles 905-914)
  • Both are made from a plastic material and they will coil around the leg.
  • Bandettes are available numbered,
    Sizes 7, 9, 11, 12: Numbering from 1 to 200
    Sizes 5, 6, 14: Numbering from 1 to 100

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Other Leg Band Styles

  • Lock-On Bands
    • Aluminum lock-on bands have a tab that folds over and can be sealed using pliers.
    • These bands are usually used for birds of prey such as vultures, bald eagles, and raptors.

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  • Rivet Bands
    • Use pop rivets and a pop rivet gun to seal the rivet band around the bird’s leg
    • These bands are usually used for birds of prey such as vultures, bald eagles, and raptors.

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  • Non-Adjustable Leg Bands
    • Thin metal bands that cannot be adjusted to a different size 

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Now that you’ve picked out your leg band style, view our blog on How-To: Apply your Leg Band!

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How-To: Apply Peepers/Blinders

Tagging Hints: For best results, warm the blinders before applying, either soak in hot water or layout in the sun.

Peepers can be applied by hand – OR – use a Snap Ring Plier. Take an external plier with angled tips – place tips into blinder behind pins and spread apart. Line up pins with nostrils and release plier.

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Check out our helpful YouTube video for applying Peepers:

How-To: Open and Close Leg Bands

How to Apply Metal Leg Bands:

  1. Place the opened band around the bird’s leg.
  2. While using the correct size applicator, make sure to fit the band into the lower hole of the applicator.
  3. Squeeze the applicator shut to correctly seal the band. (If the band does not shut all the way on the first time, rotate the band in the applicator and squeeze the applicator again. Continue rotating the band and squeezing the applicator until it is completely shut.)
  4. Check to make sure the band is properly sealed before releasing the bird.

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How to Apply Plastic Leg Bands: Unroll the coil and then place it around the leg. It will re-coil once you let go.

Remember, practice makes perfect! After banding a couple of birds, you will get used to banding and find the right holding technique for you!

Check out some of these other helpful guides and videos for putting a leg band on, made by customers and end users:

 

How-To: Apply a Wing Band

Wing bands can go on baby chicks or adult chickens, it is easier to do while they are chicks because you can hold them, and there are less feathers in the way.

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When inserting the band, you should aim for the center of the “V”, just barely below the web cord.

Zip Wing Band (Style 890/892) Tagging Hints: After the band is inserted through the wing, flip the band around and with thumb and forefinger, close the band until the eyelet is inserted into the hole. Seal the eyelet with the applicator.

Jiffy Wing Band (Style 893/893B) Tagging Hints: The Jiffy is designed as a one-step application. Insert the band in the applicator first. Line up the “bubble” on the band with the recess in the applicator. Make sure the “bubble” side of the band is flat against the jaw of the applicator.

Tab End Wing Band (Style 898) Tagging Hints: Push band through the web of wing directly at the elbow joint, being careful not to puncture flesh or tear the tendon at the leading edge of the wing. After the band is inserted through the wing, with thumb and forefinger, close the band until the tab is inserted through the hole. Now bend the tab and point down.

Pre-Punching a Hole:  For the Zips and Tab Ends, some people find that pre-punching a hole using our Compound Toe Punch Style 1539 makes inserting the wing band easier. The Jiffy is self-piercing and does not require a pre-made hole.

Step-by-Step instructions on banding a baby chick with pictures:

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Diamond K Research, Case Farms and NB&T Wing Banding Instruction Video:

Check out some of these other helpful guides and videos for putting a wing band on, made by customers and end-users:

Kentucky Proud

ky proudDid you know that National Band & Tag is a member of the Kentucky Proud program? As a family owned manufacturer that has been in Northern Kentucky for almost 115 years, we are proud to be a Kentucky business.

“Kentucky Proud stands for foods, nursery items, crafts, agri-tourism sites, farmers’ markets, state parks, and many other products and destinations with roots in Kentucky soil. Kentucky Proud foods are raised, grown, or processed in Kentucky by Kentuckians. You can serve Kentucky Proud foods to your family with the confidence that they came from your friends and neighbors just down the road — not from thousands of miles away.”

Are you identifying your Kentucky livestock and products with Kentucky made tags?

 

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Learn more about the Kentucky Proud program at: http://www.kyproud.com

Marcaje de tortugas marinas

sea turtle tag 1¡Se acerca la estación de marcaje! ¿Ya su organización ordenó las marcas para las tortugas? Recomendamos nuestro estilo 681IC fabricadas con Inconel, que es una aleación de metales que resiste años en el agua de mar. Esta placa es puntiaguda, lo cual permite traspasar la dura piel de las aletas, sin necesidad de hacer una incisión previa. Estas placas pueden estamparse hasta con tres líneas de texto y numeradas con hasta 6 dígitos consecutivos.

¿No está seguro de como marcar tortugas? Las siguientes guías son proporcionadas por www.seaturtle.org:

¿Donde debería colocar la placa?

Tortugas de Caparazón duro: La mayoría de las personas colocan la marca en el borde interno de las aletas delanteras. Para minimizar la posibilidad de pérdida de marcas, deberían colocarse próxima a  la axila. Hay una escama gruesa en la cara interna de la aleta delantera, adyacente a la axila. Regularmente se coloca la placa a través de esta escama gruesa o en la zona adyacente a ella. En el caso de tortugas grandes, esta escama suele ser excesivamente gruesa, por lo que se recomienda colocarla adyacente a la misma. La mejor posición de la marca dependerá de la especie, la localidad geográfica y del el criterio de quién realice el marcaje.

Ocasionalmente se colocan las marcas en la cara interna de la aleta trasera. Esto se hace por dos razones: para minimizar la posibilidad de que las placas se enreden en las redes de pesca y para maximizar la permanencia de la placa. Estas son consideraciones importantes, sin embargo, las placas traseras son mas difíciles de ver, particularmente cuando se monitorean las hembras anidando. Si usted decide colocar las placas en las aletas traseras, haga pública su decisión de manera que los observadores estén al tanto y revisen las las aletas traseras tambien.

Tortugas Laúd: Debido a que los bordes de las aletas delanteras de estas tortugas son facilmente rasgados, la mayoría de las personas no colocan estas placas allí para individuos de esta especie. En cambio las marcas se colocan en la piel entre la cola y la aleta trasera.

Independientmente de la especie de tortuga que se esté marcando, deje siempre espacio entre el borde interno de la placa y el borde de la aleta para permitir el crecimiento. Se recomienda que este espacio sea de entre 15y 30% de la longitud total de la placa cerrada.

Aqui hay algunas fotos de tortugas marcadas que nuestros clientes nos han enviado. Si usted quisiera enviarnos alguna, puede enviarlas aqui.

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Sea Turtle Flipper Tags

sea turtle tag 1It’s almost turtle tagging season! Has your organization ordered their Sea Turtle Flipper Tags yet? We recommend our style 681IC, self-piercing turtle tag because it is made of an Inconel material that will last for years in saltwater. Sea turtle tags are available stamped with up to 3 lines of text and up to a 6-digit consecutive number.

Not sure how to tag your turtles? The following tagging guidelines are provided by www.SeaTurtle.org

Where should the flipper tags be placed?

Hard Shelled Turtles: Most people place the tags on the trailing edge of the front flippers. To minimize the chance of tag loss, you should try to place the tag closer rather than further from the axilla (the armpit). There is a thickened scale on the trailing edge of the front flipper, immediately adjacent to the axilla. Most place the tag either through this thickened scale or adjacent to it. In the case of large turtles, the flipper near this scale may be too thick and hence the tag should be applied in the skin adjacent to the scale, either towards the axilla or away from it. The best location will depend on species, geographic location, and who is doing the tagging.

Some place tags on the trailing edges of the rear flippers. This is done for two reasons: to minimize the chances the tags will cause entanglement in nets and to maximize the retention of the tag. These are important considerations. However, tags on the rear flippers are more difficult to see, particularly in the case of nesting female sea turtles. If you decide to place flipper tags on the rear flippers, you should try to maximize the publicity about your choice of tag placement, to ensure that distant observers will also check the rear flippers.

Leatherback sea turtles: Because the trailing edges of the front flippers of leatherbacks are easily torn or ripped, most people do not place tags on the front flippers. Instead, flipper tags are placed in the skin between the tail and the rear flippers.

No matter the species of turtle, always be sure to leave some room (about 15-30% of the length of the closed tag) between the tag and the trailing edge of the flipper to allow for continued growth of the flipper.

Here are some pictures of tagged turtles provided by NB&T’s customers. If you would like to submit a picture from your organization, you can send us your pictures here.

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NB&T Acquires Hasco – One Year Anniversary!

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Today, May 9, 2017, is the one year anniversary of our acquisition of Hasco Tag Company. We would like to thank all our old and new customers for your patience through the transition. It has been an exciting year for National Band & Tag, adjusting to the increase of livestock tags, rabies tags and pet license tags.

We have made some changes over the past year to accommodate the increase in customers, so that we may continue to provide quick and accurate customer service:

  • National Band & Tag, along with two of our sales reps became approved to sell Scrapie Ear Tags.
  • Previous Hasco employee Sallie Schmidt consulted NB&T sales reps on Hasco products and accounts for the year before retiring at the end of April.
  • A new sales representative was hired in the rabies tag department.
  • A new computer system is being launched this summer that will allow us to increase our customer service abilities and enter orders faster.
  • A new NB&T catalog is scheduled to come out this summer that will include previous Hasco products and their new NB&T style number.
National Band & Tag’s president, Faye Wendel, states, “This past year has been both exciting and very busy—and we are so grateful for your patience and continued support during this transition. Our employees have worked incredibly hard over the last year and we are so thankful for their dedication. We also feel very blessed to have welcomed several of Hasco’s employees—they have been a huge asset to our team. Of course, we are thankful to have retained the business of hundreds of Hasco customers, and continue to serve our loyal NB&T customers. We appreciate your business and hope to continue fulfilling your identification needs in the future. Thank you, and keep those orders coming!”

 

166 Years of Tags

National Band & Tag is a family owned business and has been for almost 115 years. We currently have 11 family members from the 4th and 5th generation working at our facility. Combined, our family management team has been working here over 166 years! Our years of innovation, testing, and improving products proves that NB&T is your #1 choice for all your identification needs. Call today for a free quote or to talk with one of our tag specialists about the best identification solution for you.

Meet National Band & Tag’s family management team:

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4th Generation

Faye Haas Wendel: President, (Seated 6th) – 36 years
Kevin A. Haas: Vice-President, Laser, R&D (Standing 7th)– 28 years
Fred E. Haas, III: Vice-President, Operations (Standing 1st)– 23 years
Joe D. Haas, Jr.: Vice-President, Purchasing, Treasurer (Standing 11th)– 21 years
Brad C. Haas: Vice-President, Production (Standing 3rd)– 20 years
Sean C. Haas: Vice-President, Logistics, Secretary (Standing 10th)– 14 years
Christine Haas Schwalbach: Sales (Standing 8th)– 12 years

5th Generation

Alan J. Haas (Lan): Vice-President, Safety & Quality Assurance (Standing 2nd) – 5 years
Alex A. Wendel: Vice-President, Information Technology (Standing 5th)– 5 years
Andrea Wendel Tabor (Andi): Graphics & Web Manager (Standing 4th) – 2 years
Ryan P. Haas: Account Manager (Standing 9th) – 9 months

 

A History of Leg Bands and Ear Tags

Click to download a PDF of our Visual History Timeline.

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LEG BANDS

1595 – The first record of a metal band attached to a bird’s leg was when one of Henry IV’s banded Peregrine Falcons was lost and found later in Malta, about 1350 miles away.

1669 – Duke Ferdinand placed a silver band on a Grey Heron around 1669. The bird was recovered by his grandson almost 60 years later in 1728.

1710 – A German falconer captured a grey heron with several rings on one leg. The bander was unknown but one of the rings was placed on the heron in Turkey, more than 1,200 miles to the east.

1803 – The first records of banding in North America are those of John James Audubon, the famous American naturalist. He tied silver cords to the legs of a brood of Phoebes and was able to identify two of the nestlings when they returned the following year.

1899 – Hans Mortensen, a Danish school teacher, began placing aluminum rings on the legs of bird. He inscribed the bands with his name and address in the hope they would be returned to him if found.

1902 – National Band & Tag is founded and starts selling leg bands for poultry.

1904 – The real pioneer bander in the Americas was Jack Miner who established the Jack Miner Migratory Bird Sanctuary. Between 1909 and 1939 he banded 20,000 Canada Geese alone, many of which carried bands returned to him by hunters.

1920 – Frederick Lincoln forms the North American bird banding program that we all know today as the United States Geological Survey (USGS Bird Banding Lab).

2010 – NB&T starts making Replica Bands.

2017 – The oldest banded bird, Wisdom, a Laysan Albatross, has a baby at age 66.

EAR TAGS

1799 – Livestock ear tags were developed in 1799 under the direction of Sir Joseph Banks, for identification of King George III’s Merino sheep flock. Matthew Boulton designed and produced the first ear tags for sheep made from tin.

1895 – Ear tags were incorporated as breed identification in the United States with the forming of the International Ohio Improved Chester Association.

1913 – Ear tags were developed in Canada as a means to identify cattle when testing for tuberculosis.

1945 – The first ear tags were primarily steel with nickel plating. After World War II, larger, flag-like, plastic tags were developed in the United States.

1949 – National Band & Tag invents the style 49 ear tag for cattle.

1953 – The first two-piece, self-piercing plastic ear tag was developed and patented.

1956 – National Band & Tag invents the style 56 ear tag for cattle.

1992 – NB&T assists in getting the first USDA Organic Certification.

2004 – The U.S. Government asked farmers to use EID or Electronic Identification ear tags on all their cattle. This request was part of the National Animal Identification System (NAIS).