Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is RFID?
RFID stands for Radio Frequency Identification, and it is also referred to as Electronic Identification EID.
An RFID ear tag carries a unique electronic identification number and allows animals to be electronically recognised and data stored automatically about each animal. 
On farm, an RFID system consists of:
  • Tags: house the transponder that hold and sends the identification information
  • Readers: energises the transponder of the tag and receives identification information
  • Data Collectors: stores the identification information
  • Data Processors: uses the information and provides outputs of data.
RFID tags are available in two technologies, Half Duplex (HDX) and Full Duplex (FXD).

In Australia, the RFID standard required is HDX under the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS), as a result, the only option available in Australia is RFID HDX tags.

Learn more about NLIS and its standards for redio-frequency identification devices.
What is NLIS?
The National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) is a ‘whole life’ system for tracing animals from their property of birth until they die or are slaughtered for food safety, biosecurity and market access purposes.

Learn more about NLIS. 
What is the difference between Breeder and Post Breeder NLIS tags for Cattle?
Breeder tags are white and Post Breeder tags are orange.
Breeder (white) devices are applied to cattle on their property of birth. Post Breeder (orange) devices are applied to cattle no longer on their property of birth and that are not already identified with an NLIS device.


Both Breeder and Post Breeder tags are RFID HDX. 

Does Zee Tags have NLIS accredited tags for sheep and goats?
Yes, the PAZ pump action tags™ are NLIS approved for sheep and goats.
What is the colour required for sheep and goats NLIS tags?
Post Breeder NLIS tags for sheep and goats must be pink.
Breeder NLIS tags are according to the colour of the year system as follows:
  • 2013 - Yellow
  • 2014 -  Red
  • 2015 – Sky Blue
  • 2016 – Black
  • 2017 – White
  • 2018 – Orange
  • 2019 – Light Green
  • 2020 – Purple
  • 2021 – Yellow
The colours rotate in 8-year cycles.

Learn more about NLIS tags for sheep and goats.

                                                                                 

What applicator do I use to apply NLIS tags?

NLIS tag for cattle from Zee Tags, Breeder (white) and Post Breeder (orange) are applied with the Z2 no tear tagger™ (two piece applicator)

NLIS tags for sheep and goats from Zee Tags, are applied with the PAZ pump action tagger™

Are Zee Tags applicators compatible with other tags in the market?
No, Zee Tags applicators are exclusively designed to apply tags from Zee Tags only.
What tagger do I use for the different tags offered by Zee Tags?

Use

The Z1 no snag tagger™ - one piece tagger to apply:

  • Z1 no snag tags™ - one piece tags
  • Feedlot tags

 
The Z2 no tear tagger™ - two piece tagger to apply:

  • Z2 no tear tags™ - Two piece tags
  • NLIS tags for cattle

 
The PAZ pump action tagger™ to apply:

  • PAZ pump action tags™

 
The Brass tagger to apply:

  • Brass tags
What are the colours available for the different ranges of tags?

NOTE:
NLIS tags for cattle must be white (Breeder) or Orange (Post Breeder).
NLIS tags for sheep and goats must be according to the colour of the year system for Breeder tags. Post Breeder tags must be pink. Learn more about the colour required for NLIS tags for sheep and goats.
 

Colour range for Z2 no tear tags™ (two piece tags) and Z1 no snag tags™ (one piece tags)

  • Yellow
  • Purple
  • Pink
  • White
  • Dark Blue
  • Red
  • Green
  • Orange
  • Black

Note: male button tags are not available in black.

Colour range for Feedlot tags tags:

  • Yellow
  • Purple
  • Pink
  • White
  • Dark Blue
  • Red
  • Green
  • Orange
  • Black
  • Light Green
  • Peach
  • Light Pink
  • Light Purple
  • Light Blue

Colour range for PAZ pump action tags™

  • Yellow
  • White
  • Light Blue
  • Dark Blue
  • Light Green
  • Dark Green
  • Light Pink
  • Dark Pink
  • Red
  • Salmon
  • Light Purple
  • Black