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Dalton Tags Spring/Summer Newsletter 2020

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A Flexo solution for local retailer

We were tasked by a local retailer to print some keyring tags that can be used by staff for accessing their point of sale system.


Previously they had used plastic credit cards but these were often lost and after a few weeks of use, the laminated layer would peel back and eventually the barcode images degraded so badly it rendered the cards useless.


The client had heard about our super strong Flexo Tags and was impressed by the non-fade laser marking technology we offer.


They opted for large Flexo Management Tags with a keyring and lanyard added.  The unique barcode was emailed to us and we were able to replicate it perfectly on the tag and also assign a visual user ID to each of the tags.


The uses for our tags seem truly endless!

If you have a problem… if no one else can help… and if you can find them (don’t worry contact details below!)… maybe you can hire DALTON TAGS!


A new team member has joined the ranks at Dalton HQ

A new team member has joined the ranks at Dalton HQ. Teddy Dalton is a one year old Pygmy Goat and is quite possibly the cutest thing we have ever seen!
Unfortunately, Teddy’s previous owners had a change in circumstances and could no longer keep him. Step in the Dalton Tags Team who immediately got in contact with Teddy’s owners to adopt him. Our team member (and local farmer) Daisy volunteered to take him home to her busy farm.
Daisy picked up Teddy last weekend and he immediately made himself at home and a nuisance by stealing and quickly devouring Daisy’s mum’s mothers day flowers (bad Teddy!!)
He has also shown he has green fingers (or should that be hooves?!) by helping himself to chives and strawberry plants growing in the vegetable plot (bad Teddy!!)
Teddy has already struck up a great friendship with Betsy the cow (who he sleeps next to) and farm dogs Meg & Baxter.
A lively little character full of mischief and fun!
Keep an eye on our social media to receive updates on the adventures of our new Mascot Teddy Dalton!


Increased Business Means Expansion For Dalton Tags.

The quality, service and wide range of livestock and business management tags manufactured by Dalton Tags has necessitated a move to larger, purpose built premises.

The new premises, which are just two minutes drive from the busy A1/A46  at Northern Road, Newark provide 2,500 sq ft of business space, which includes a dedicated production room with laser engraving machines, to improve efficiency and increase production.

In farming circles, Dalton Tags are probably best known for their livestock identification tags for cattle, sheep, pigs and goats, but they have now expanded the range to include DNA test tags for pedigree breeders and state of the art ‘EID’ electronic tags. The range also includes identification tags for  crops, research centres and exotic animals in addition to tags to assist with inventory and management purposes.


The increased demand in the livestock sector has been attributed to the durability and design of the tags which boast a 99% retention rate. Using the immense experience and knowledge gathered by their sister company, Countryside Services, in Northern Ireland in the BVD eradication scheme, Dalton tags is at the forefront of BVD eradication.


Speaking at the launch of the new premises, Managing Director Ian McNeice, Countryside Services said “We are delighted to witness the progress  of our associated company and to realise that their success and expansion mirrors the progress that we have enjoyed in Northern Ireland. The tags win customer support due to their simplicity of use, durability and the customer service provided. But above all the major factor is the retention rate of 99 percent. No one wants to have the extra workload and expense of segregating livestock to re-tag them.”


He added ““The growth of Dalton Tags over the past two years has been nothing short of exceptional.  A dedicated and skilled team have put the customer at the centre of everything they do and that commitment to customer satisfaction is clear for everyone to see.”


The official opening of the new premises was carried out by local East Midlands auctioneer, Tim Webster who has over 25 years of experience in livestock and agricultural matters. He wished Dalton continued success with their fantastic range of livestock and management tags. 


The dedicated customer care centre  at Newark has a full time production team that is flexible and can adapt to demands eg. due to the much higher demand  for livestock tags in spring they can print 24 hours per day, seven days a week. Replacement tag printing is carried out on site, and also by selected merchant stores via state of the art laser engraving software


Online activity or hits to the website have grown year on year by over eighteen thousand visitors showing the trend for online tag sales. The website has a full product range, accepts all payment methods such as visa, MasterCard and PayPal. Order any time of day and receive tags securely packaged and tracked to your business or farm. Replacement tags dispatched same day for next day delivery if ordered by 4 pm.

Dalton Tags also have a vast range of agricultural merchants and veterinary practices who supply their customers with the extensive range of animal ID tags.

The business has expanded to include industrial tags (for marking cables, labelling machinery and assets); vineyard tags (to mark the variety of grapes being grown, especially popular with domestic British sparkling wines), and research and animal conservation tags. 

General Manager of the new store, Diane D’bouk commented  “We have just sold tags to The University of Oxford for Marsh Crocodiles in Nepal and we have also sold tags for seals in New York Harbour. Dalton Tags is the company of choice for leading national and international research institutes. Identification and tracking for non-agricultural animals is used in a host of conservation and educational programmes. Sharks, seals, rays, arctic foxes and turtles have all been successfully identified using our quality products.”

She added “Dalton Tags offer an aquaculture tagging solution for major commercial fisheries. We can supply individual fish and box tagging to allow complete traceability through markets, distributors etc.

“Arable farmers and horticulturalists utilise visual tagging to determine varieties they produce for planting patterns in fields, vineyards and orchard locations as well as box tags for traceability and tracking through processing plants or cold store facilities.”

Non-animal tag utilisation includes ID tags for inventory and warehouse management, pallet tagging, asset tracking and identification stock tags which is all possible with both visual and EID tag options. EID tags hold transponders which use RFID technology. Pre-printed identification tags with individual details, logos and barcodes can be supplied as well as blank visual tags which can have details added with Dalton Easy Mark permanent marker pens.

Dalton Tags work alongside a range of couriers who can deliver across the globe.

Placing an order for livestock ID tags could not be simpler. Order through the online shop 24/7, email to sales@daltontags.co.uk or if you prefer to speak to one of the team call  01636 700990, 8.30am – 5.30pm. Alternatively, text an order/photo straight from the field or market to 07525 275987.

A day at Dalton Tags is always different.

Dalton Tags helps identify strays in Santorini, Greece.

Bruce Fogle, Principal Veterinarian of the London Veterinary Clinic and prolific TV personality, sent a request to Dalton Tags for a special mission on the Greek isle of Santorini. Abandoned animals on the isle is an ongoing issue for the residents and the Satorini Animal Welfare Association, which advocates for the rights of animals and helps neuter, deworm and give vaccinations to strays in Santorini. SAWA currently houses around 100 dogs, 13 donkeys, 20 cats and two pigs. But there are far more animals on the streets living as strays without a food source or home. SAWA works in cooperation with the municipality of Thira to try to rehome the animals off the isle and insure that all the stray animals are neutered and spayed, vaccinated and treated in case of injury,disease or poisoning.

Santorini’s stray animal population mirrors that of Greece as a whole. the Greek Reporter wrote in an October 2018 article that stray dogs are part of an unbroken image not just of Athens, but of most Greek cities due to the financial crisis of 2008

“Countless Greek families left their pets on the streets as they couldn’t afford their care anymore,” The Greek Reporter wrote. “This, combined with the lack of education and funding by the Greek authorities has left thousands of animals without sterilization, resulting in an increasing number of dogs and cats living on the streets.”

The Greek Reporter stated that according to Greek animal charities, more than one million stray dogs and cats are living on Greek streets.

“Most of them are friendly but the inhumane conditions under which they’re forced to live, especially during the hot summer days and cold winter nights, might make them aggressive, considering the lack of food and attacks most of them experience on a daily basis,” the Greek Reporter wrote.

In December, Fogle helped sterilse abandoned dogs there and needed a way to keep track of the animal. He wanted to help mitigate the issue by importing some animals back to London to find homes. Fogle said he and veterinarian surgeon Jo Jerjis sterilised and ID tagged around 200 dogs on this trip.

“The municipal authority has been unable to maintain a tag register which is, of course, central for managing statistics,” Fogle said. “So tagging elsewhere in Greece is on hold. In the meantime however, the tags indicate both to locals and to tourists that these dogs ‘are known to the authorities.’”

Fogle said Daltons Tags were perfect for helping register the animals on the isle.

Many of the abandoned dogs we sterilised are purebreds that would be easy to rehome in the UK, Fogle said.

“For example this Golden Retriever (with a healing bite wound to his hind leg) had a delightful personality,” he said. “I did select three of the smallest dogs, arranged kennelling, rabies vaccination and more, on Santorini and eventually brought them to the UK and rehomed them here.”

According to Fogle, to import the animals it cost around £600 per dog. With the dogs he brought back, Fogle was able to remove the tags — in which the holes heal very quickly — to find them forever homes.

Fogle and Jerjis met many animals on the isle they blood tested and are free of Mediterranean diseases.

Most of the dogs there are between 10-16 kg and under two years old.

Anyone interested in giving any of these dogs a home should contact the London Veterinary Clinic. Getting them here is expensive, but Jo and Bruce say they are excellent with people.

Nottinghamshire tag company helps track endangered crocodiles

Dalton Tags, an animal ID and tag producer out of Newark Nottinghamshire, regularly gets requests to make tags for cattle, sheep and goats.

Recently, the company received an unusual request from the Zoology Department out of the University of Oxford.

They wanted tags for crocodiles — and an extremely rare one at that.

The Gavialis gangeticus or Gharial, a species of crocodile on the critically endangered species list, resides in inland freshwaters and wetlands of Nepal and parts of India. The gharial is one of the largest species of crocodiles in the world, measuring up to 5-6 meters long. The species possesses a particularly unique long and slender snout with up to 110 razor-sharp teeth.

Unfortunately, the gharial was the first species of crocodilian to be labeled critically endangered with less than 182 known crocodiles left in 2006.

Currently, the biggest threat to the gharial is habitat loss due to people clearing wetland areas for firewood or farmland. People also take the crocodile’s eggs for medicinal purposes and kill male gharial for there snout as it is believed that part of it is an aphrodisiac. The gharial also face issues with fishing as they get caught in gil nets and die trying to get out. In 2007, the species faced another hardship as gout wiped out more than 110 crocodiles.

To help increase the species chance of survival, many conservation efforts have been in effect in recent years. A group called the Gharial Multi-Task Force, regional and international crocodilian specialists, are researching and trying to keep this species from going extinct. To help study endangered animals, conservationist need to collect data.

The Zoology Department at Oxford University wanted to tag the endangered crocodile species. The goal of tagging the crocodiles is to study and collect spatial and reproductive ecology data inform ongoing conservation efforts on the species, according to Phoebe Griffith, who is researching the Gavialis gangeticus. Griffith researches the species through Oxford University’s Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, WildCRU and Zoological Society London’s Institute of Zoology. Griffith and the research teams work to conduct research on the population of the endangered species with a catch-and-release tagging method.

In Griffith’s research profile, she notes that she is working with the Zoological Society London to conduct a study on the ecology of gharial in the Rapti and Narayani rivers in Chitwan National Park, Nepal.

“In particular, we aim to conduct post-release monitoring of gharial that are captive-reared as part of the National Park’s ongoing conservation efforts for the species, and compare this to ecological data we are collecting on free-living gharial,” Griffith wrote. “Using telemetry, observational data, camera trapping and local ecological knowledge we aim to build a strong evidence base for future work in Nepal to conserve this Critically Endangered species.”

General Manager Diane D’bouk said that “Dalton tags are regarded as the best in the market and are extremely strong, and that’s why the University of Oxford chose our Flexo Tags for this purpose.“

“The tags are applied once a hole has been drilled into the tail scutes,” Diane said. “The scutes are extremely tough and almost impossible to penetrate hence the need for a hole to be drilled first!”

During the university’s research, the team tagged five of the gharial with plans to capture at least 15 more throughout the next week. Dalton Tags has been chosen for other conservation efforts, including tagging sharks, seals, Artic foxes and turtles.

Diane said “Dalton Tag’s Flexo tags were ordered with a sequential number format so every tag has a unique number. Now all of the crocodiles have their very own number and can be tracked and monitored”


A history of Livestock ID Tags

From the beginning of the domestication of livestock, humans have sought to mark what is theirs.  It makes sense: proving ownership, while it may seem somewhat archaic in modern times, was an important part of keeping track of any herd.  The human motivations to identify and trace livestock throughout history have really not drastically changed but the technology has. Animal identification has included branding, collars, tattooing and ear notching; all means to mark ownership, identify lineage, and trace and monitor disease.

The earliest documented event of animal identification purportedly dates to 1275 when the Brit, Thomas of Walsingham, related his investigation of a certain sheep disease that plagued British sheep for a quarter century. The disease vector was, at that time, pinpointed to a single sheep import from France.  While the circumstances surrounding use of identification is unclear, what is clear is that disease has always driven humans to monitor livestock in some fashion.

In 1799, Sir Joseph Banks created the first known modern ear tag, made of tin, as a means of identification for the Merino flock of sheep owned by King George III.  Since that time, modifications and improvements of the ear tag have followed the needs of farming industry. Cost, loss, efficiency, theft have been considered as new technologies have become available.  Shortly after WWII, steel and nickel were quickly replaced with plastic, a fairly new, lightweight, sanitary, weather resistant material for the times. Quickly, and often due to governmental oversight in countries that were requiring traceability, the ear tag was modified and perfected.  In 1953, the first self-piercing ear tags appeared on the market and provided an efficient and blood free way of identifying livestock, thus ensuring less transfer of disease. Across the globe, modern governmental eradication requirements for tuberculosis, brucellosis, scrapies and pseudorabies have mandated ear tagging with specific requirements for the tags.  BSE outbreaks in the UK, then in the USA, saw the expansion of Electronic Identification ear tags or EID. Further, RFID ear tags, allow for easy identification for all pertinent information of an individual animal as radio frequency transmits data right from the animal to computer-based software. They offer a unique and truly innovative approach to management whether that concerns feed rations based on a number of factors such as age, lactation, gestation, etc., as well as all important disease monitoring, pedigree notation, medical treatment records and individual performance data.  Modern ear tags also serve as insect repellent tools and more interestingly as means for actual tissue capture for laboratory testing, such as the Dalton BVD Tag & Test range.

All breed registries require permanent identification for recorded animals in order to maintain the integrity of parentage.  The advancement of animal genetic coding has driven producers to see the benefit of DNA testing which not only proves lineage but can be used in a smart and educated breeding program.  Today’s producers are able to strategically design breeding programs based on genetics in order to choose for production, body type, udder shape, casein content, birth weight and a whole host of other genetic factors.  And of course, the ear tag industry has modified its products to meet those needs. The Dalton Tissue Sampling ear tag was created with the breeder in mind. DNA collection is integrated into its design and allows for an efficient and cost-effective capture of genetic material for intelligent breeding decisions.  The future of ear tag innovation is only limited by the creativity of enterprises like Dalton Tags who understand the needs of its clients.


Easter Prize Draw in aid of Asthma UK

We are running an Easter Prize Draw in aid of Asthma UK. Two yummy prizes up for grabs and only £1 to enter. Call into our premises to enter!

BVD – Strategies for Eradication

BVD – Strategies for Eradication

As a producer, herd health may be the number one factor contributing to the bottom line in cattle farming operations.  Bovine Viral Diarrhea (BVD), a viral disease with a host of symptoms, has become a major factor determining the overall wellness of herds worldwide and specifically in the UK.  Infertility, pneumonia, still birth, weak or deformed calves, immunodepression, poor growth, and as the name implies, diarrhea are just some of the deleterious effects on an infected herd.

Voluntary efforts to eradicate BVD from cattle populations have recently proven to be a boon to producers as they seek to minimise the impact of the economic loss caused by the virus.  In Northern Ireland, for example, over a two year period as testing became mandatory in 2016, these efforts have seen a 25% decrease in BVD infections. While clinical signs of the disease may be highly variable, vectors of transmission, in utero and after birth, are widely accepted and successful attempts at eradication use a multi-pronged approach.  Enhanced biosecurity, targeted vaccinations, and elimination of persistently infected (PI) cattle are at this time the recognised strategy to combat BVD in cattle populations.

Generally speaking, it goes without saying that you can avoid BVD by not bringing it in.  This is where strict biosecurity measures come into play on the farm. Testing new purchases for BVD, isolation, and quarantine should always be a part of any farm protocol when disease is at issue.

Perhaps most importantly, localisation and culling of persistently infected individuals are at the top of the list for BVD control.  At this time, the polymerase chain reaction or PCR is the most sensitive diagnostic tool available for detecting BVD. Ongoing screening as well as pre-purchase and recent purchase screening to target PI cattle is of the utmost importance.  Though, producers should also consider PCR diagnostics to evaluate vaccinations protocols and in the case of regulatory and/or sale and export controls. PCR testing requires tissue sampling and the most cost effective and labor saving technique, in our opinion, is via cattle tagging using Dalton Tags BVD Tag & Test Tags.

Since all cattle require tags, it makes economic sense to combine BVD surveillance with mandatory tagging.  Our FLEXO tags save labor by their unique dual purpose design. Incorporated into their design is a vial for tissue sample collection which seals the sample with appropriate laser labeling for shipment to the lab.  With one applicator, the simple task of tagging becomes a means for improved herd health in terms of production, fertility and reproduction, growth rates, and reduced vet costs in light of the widespread pervasiveness of BVD infected cattle.  The FLEXO range of tags have also been regarded as the best quality tags on the market with a verified 99% retention rate. Fewer replacement tags, less labor and happier, healthier cows through BVD surveillance programs provide lower production costs, increased feed conversion and thus an increase in economic gain over the long term!