World Rabies Day – Share the message. Save a life.

Created and coordinated annually by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC), World Rabies Day is this Friday, September 28th. This day focuses on rabies endemic countries, to increase community awareness of the disease and its prevention. The World Rabies Day 2018 theme is Rabies: Share the message. Save a life. This highlights the importance of education and awareness to prevent rabies.

This theme is used to not only work towards their goal of eliminating rabies by 2030, but to also communicate messages about vaccinating dogs and treating bite wounds, and dog bite prevention education for children.

To help raise awareness of rabies with children, National Band & Tag has created a coloring sheet of our Style of The Year Rabies Tags. Download and print out the PDF coloring sheet below, and while your child is coloring in the tag shapes, talk with them about the rabies disease. Try going over some of GARC’s FAQs such as “What is rabies and where is it found?” or “Exposure, symptoms and diagnosis”.

To learn more about the mission to end rabies as well as other events going on this World Rabies Day, check out the Global Alliance for Rabies Control’s educational website.

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Hasco’s Flex-Lok Plastic Tags

As of May 9, 2016, National Band & Tag has acquired the Hasco Tag Company. One of Hasco’s product lines that we have kept on is the Flex-Lok Ear Tag line for livestock animals. These ear tags are different from other plastic ear tags because all male pieces have an open brass tip and it is the actual applicator pin that pierces the ear. We use a hot stamping machine to create large, black, permanently imprinted numbers and letters on the Flex-Lok ear tags. Multiple colors such as: Black, Blue, Green, Neon Green, Neon Orange, Orange, Pink, Purple, Red, White, and Yellow, are available, but color availability is subject to change based on current stock. Please call for availability of a specific color in a certain style. For those who prefer plastic ear tags for their livestock over our metal ear tags, Flex-Lok is a great alternative.

Check out these pictures below of the Style 402F and 410M on some local cows, located close to NB&T’s facility.

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Custom Geocache Trackable Game Pieces and Geocoins

Are you looking to customize your own geocache? Any of our metal tags can be made without a hole to give it more of a geocoin feel, or you can try pairing one of our O-Ring attachments with it to make it into a keychain. With over 160+ shapes and size tags to choose from, you can customize your geocache to be as unique as you want.

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Style 93 – Front & Back

The plain aluminum tag above is our style 93, made with no holes, paint-filled black, stamped with the family’s last name and a serial number on the front, and “Please take me and drop in your next geocache” on the back. (Please note, backside stamping may show through aluminum tags). The black aluminum tags below are laser etched on UV Stable Black Aluminum. Laser etched tags can include a QR Code, graphics, logos, and more. Add a QR Code or website URL along with a serial number to make your geocache trackable. Customize your text on any of our tags to indicate your geocache instructions on whether people can keep it or should move it.

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Check out our website to view more tags shapes or contact us at 859-261-2035 for a free quote.


Hunt Test Bands for Hunting Retriever Clubs

A hunt test is an event where the natural ability and training of gun dogs are tested and evaluated. Hunt tests are organized by the American Kennel Club (AKC), the North American Hunting Retriever Association (NAHRA), and the Hunting Retriever Club (HRC). The AKC awards the titles of Junior, Senior, and Master Hunter for performance in hunt tests. The hunting dogs are put in conditions that are encountered when hunting, and their performance on finding and retrieving birds is how they are rated.

A typical HRC hunt test is divided into two series of evaluations, the land series and the water series. In each series the dogs are evaluated for their natural retrieving desire, memory, marking ability, and obedience to their handler’s commands.

NB&T manufactures Hunt Test Bird Leg Bands, which these competitions use as giveaways to the winners to go on their lanyards. Check out these examples below of our Butt-End Bands that different hunting clubs have used.

Style 1242-24 Aluminum

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Style 1242-24 Aluminum

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Style 1242-24 Green Aluminum

retriever club bands

Style 1242-24 Plain Aluminum

master hunter award band

Style 1242-24 Plain Aluminum

AKC master award band

Style 1242-14 Gold Aluminum

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