Here at Browsey Acres, part of our core mission is to take emotional responsibility for our food and to help you do so as well. This is why you'll notice that Ronda and Travis tend to name their Wagyu steers. But over at Browsey Acres Oregon, where there are far more animals to keep track of, the numbering system is in place. Why tag our Wagyu steers?
Tagging Wagyu Steers
As Daniel Spitsbergen explains, tagging Wagyu steers is all about their well-being. A small green tag is attached to each calf’s left ear. On each tag is a number. These numbers help the rancher identify a steer to monitor their health, their feeding, and ultimately, their well-being. The tagging itself isn’t as painful as you may think. Think of it as a child getting their ear pierced; it may pinch for a second, but after the tag is inserted, there’s no pain.
Years ago, cattle were branded using a hot iron to burn a symbol into the animals’ skin. So the tagging system is a much more compassionate, humane method to keep track of the herd.
Keeping Track of the Herd
Anytime a rancher notices something wrong with a specific steer, all they need is the number on the tag to address the problem. That way, if a steer on a Browsey Acres ranch is sick, help can quickly identify the steer in question. Tags can also help track feeding. Some steers may require a specific diet, and their tags help anyone charged with their feeding make sure they’re getting the right food at the right time.
Here at Browsey Acres, the care of our animals is a top priority. In order to raise the highest quality Fullblood Wagyu, each animal needs careful attention around the clock. The tagging system helps us do that!