New Z Tags® Z2 No-­Tear-Tagging System

Jamie JohansenAgribusiness, Beef, Cattle, Dairy, Equipment, Livestock

z2-featureDatamars, Inc., a global leader in livestock identification ear tags, announced the introduction of its revolutionary new Z Tags® brand Z2 No-Tear-Tagging System for livestock.

Unlike conventional two‐piece tagging systems, the Z Tags® Z2 No‐Tear-Tagging System features a unique new applicator with a kickback jaw that automatically retracts once the tag has been inserted. This patented feature, combined with a flip-out pin, greatly reduces the risk of ripped or torn ears while contributing to faster healing and improved tag retention.

“Most livestock producers have experienced the drawbacks of conventional two‐piece tagging systems,” noted Stu Marsh, Senior Vice President of Business Development and Marketing for Datamars. “An animal often jerks its head when the tag is inserted, and if you’re not quick enough in manually retracting the jaws, there’s a high risk of tearing the ear. But with our new Z2 No-Tear-Tagging System, the jaws automatically snap open once the tag is inserted. The result is a cleaner insertion site that heals faster with less risk of infection and a lower probability of lost tags.”

In addition to the revolutionary tagger, the new Z Tags® Z2 No-Tear‐Tagging System features state-of-the‐art ear tags with greater flexibility, readability and durability. “The Z2 No-Tear-Tagging System was first introduced in Australia, where it is part of the official government livestock identification program,” Marsh stated. “While much of the credit for better retention goes to the tagger, our new Z2 tags feature flexible polyurethane panels that bend without breaking. Of course, Z Tags® have always been known for their legendary readability and durability, and our new Z2 tags certainly live up to that lofty reputation.”

Marsh added that the new Z2 tags come in four different sizes (small, medium, large and maxi) and 14 different colors. Producers can choose from laser-printed or blank tags, with the readability of the laser-printed tags guaranteed for the life of the animal.