South Dakota Ag in the Classroom Seeks Donations of Ear Tags



MILLER, S.D. – South Dakota Ag in the Classroom (SDAITC) is looking for donations of animal ear tags from livestock producers for a hands-on activity for FFA chapters to use in elementary classrooms. 


“The most requested teaching tools I get asked for are ready-to-use kits,” said Ann Price, SDAITC executive director. “I received a grant to put together kits that FFA advisors can use to train their chapter members. Those members then take the kits into elementary classrooms and educate younger students about livestock production.”


“I plan to reissue a teaching kit based on the book ‘Levi’s Lost Calf’ by Amanda Radke that used ear tags as a hands on piece for students. It was the most popular lesson I’ve ever had, by far. Last time I did this project, livestock producers really came through for me and donated about 10,000 tags that were used in over 300 kits that went to schools all over South Dakota and surrounding states.”


The tags do not have to be new. They only need to be clean and in good condition. They can be blank or numbered. Cattle, sheep, goat or hog tags are all welcome. The more types, shapes, colors and sizes, the better, however fly tags cannot be used.


According to Price, “I want the youth to be able to touch the tags, see how they stay in the animal’s ear and see how different producers customize the information on the tags to fit their operation and then take the tags home and share the info they learned that day with their families.”



Source:  South Dakota Department of Agriculture



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