End Rabies: Collaborate, Vaccinate

World Rabies Day is September 28th! This holiday was created by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC) with the goal to end the spread of rabies to humans from dogs. World Rabies Day focuses on increasing community awareness of rabies and its prevention.

2020’s theme is “End Rabies: Collaborate, Vaccinate

End rabies: a reminder that we have 10 years to end human deaths from dog rabies and that we can raise awareness at the global level through the End Rabies Now campaign.

Collaborate: The United Against Rabies coalition was formed and subsequently launched the Global Strategic Plan. We need to continue collaboration at the international, national and local levels to eliminate rabies. Especially keeping in mind that it’s a disease that knows no borders.  

Vaccinate: A massive breakthrough was recently made in the rabies world. GAVI, the vaccine alliance, has included rabies into its portfolio of vaccines. This means that with their support, 181,000 more human deaths from rabies can be prevented. We also need to remember to vaccinate dogs to prevent rabies at its source so that we can reach elimination.

Learn more at www.rabiesalliance.org/world-rabies-day

world rabies day 2020 collaborate, vaccinate

 

To celebrate this year, National Band & Tag is excited to launch our newest product, Paw Finders! Paw Finders is a rabies tag and lost pet recovery system, all in one tag. The vet’s information is on the front, like a regular rabies tag. On the back is a QR Code that holds the pet owner’s contact information. These tags are available for purchase in bulk by veterinarians. Our easy to use Vet Portal makes registering the tags easy. Or you can send the tag home with your client for them to register themselves. Bring your vet office into the modern pet tag era and reduce the number of lost pet calls to your office with Paw Finders rabies tags!

rabies tags, world rabies day, collaborate, vaccinate paw finders

2021’s recommended style of the year is the Blue Rosette.

 

Ostrich and Emu Leg Bands

National Band & Tag has identification solutions for birds of all shapes and sizes, including larger ratite species such as emus and ostriches.

The Multi-Loc Junior Leg Band (style 1707) is used for easy identification and tagging. The larger version is the Multi-Loc Legband (style 1703). Both size Multi-Loc Leg Bands come in Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, and White. These colorful, plastic, leg bands are flexible and come blank, or with up to 3 digits. The leg bands are made for birds such as ostriches, emus, rheas, and cassowaries. These leg bands are adjustable so you can start them out tighter on baby birds, and loosen the band as the bird grows. Ostrich and emu leg bands are placed higher on the leg above the ankle joint.

 

ostrich and emu leg bands ostrich and emu, ratite leg band identification

Another ratite leg band option is the Large Quick Release Band (style 7303 (blank), style 7304 (numbered), style 7304BC (barcoded)). This leg band option comes with a buckle to secure the end of the band. The Large Quick Release leg band is available in Red, Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange, Purple, and White.

quick release bands

To get a price quote for ostrich and emu leg bands, contact us at [email protected] or call us at 859-261-2035. If you have a picture of your ratite wearing one of our leg bands, email us your picture and we will feature it on our website!

 

Inspection Tags and Equipment Tags

Inspection tags and equipment tags are essential to keeping work environments safe, efficient, and accident-free. Tags are a way to visually communicate workplace hazards and which equipment has been inspected. Keeping your equipment running correctly, while also meeting compliance regulations, will ensure operations in your facility are going smoothly. When workers use inspection tags to record inspections, and equipment tags to record maintenance, it allows employees to see when the next service should take place.

annual inspection tags and monthly inspection tagstags that show inspection date with metal and a label

Tags that show equipment, machinery, tools, and other assets have been inspected is important for workplace safety and to meet compliance regulations. Inspection tags also save you time and money by making sure everything is running correctly. It usually costs a lot less to have equipment repaired than replaced. Safety managers need to make sure all parts of the facility are up to the standards set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). By doing this, they are not only staying OSHA compliant but showing their employees that they can provide a safe workspace. Safety inspections can include everything from inspecting fall protection equipment, elevators, heavy-equipment, safety gear, hardware, etc.

custom elevator inspection tags

There are many types of cheap inspection labels on the market, but National Band & Tag provides low-cost heavy-duty inspection tags. Our metal tags are more efficient than plastic labels for inspection identification because they won’t rip or fade.  Durable materials such as aluminum and stainless steel are perfect for harsh environments and will last for years. We make our custom tags to order so that they meet your company’s specific identification needs. Text is customizable, which allows you to design your own tags for inspection, service records, maintenance records, tested tags, etc. Choose what dates you want on your tags to meet weekly, monthly, quarterly, or annual inspections.

 

Check out our website to see samples from our customers. To go with your Inspection Tags, you may also be interested in Asset Tags, Valve Tags, or other custom Industrial Tags.

Wing Bands and Leg Bands for Peafowl

Whether you’re a peafowl farmer, or just raising some peacocks for pets, NB&T is here to help with all your peafowl identification needs. Numbered bands are helpful for tracking breeding birds, chicks from different bloodlines, and other important information.

Leg Bands for Peafowl

Both aluminum and plastic leg bands are a great option for those who want a temporary form of identification because they are removable. Some customers prefer leg bands over wing bands because they don’t want to pierce the wing with a wing band. If you plan on leg banding peachicks, you will need to order multiple sizes and change out the bands as the peafowl grow. Below are two videos on how to band peafowl with National Band & Tag’s plastic and aluminum leg bands.

Banding adult peacocks with an aluminum butt-end band: (Video Credit: Mr. Peacock)


Style 1242 -22 leg band is recommended for adult peahen. Style 1242 -24 leg band is recommended for adult peacocks. (Please note that National Band & Tag is not responsible for the incorrect leg band size being ordered. Measuring your bird’s leg is the best way to find the correct size leg band. Learn more on how to measure a bird’s leg here.)

 

Banding peachicks with plastic spirals (no numbering) and plastic bandettes (numbering 1-200): (Video Credit: Mr. Peacock)

 

Wing Bands for Peafowl

If you want wing bands for your peafowl instead of leg bands, the Jiffy wing bands in brass (style 893B) are a very popular option. The aluminum Jiffys (style 893) work for peafowl as well. Wing bands are a great option because you can band the peachick, and the wing band will grow with them to adulthood.

 

To receive a price quote for peafowl identification, email us at [email protected] or call us at 859-261-2035.

NEW Sea Turtle Tags Made from Incoloy

We are excited to announce our new, bigger, better, sea turtle tags! These new turtle tags, style 691IL are made from Incoloy material and are 3/8″ x 7/16″.

Our customers asked for a tag that would fit on the flippers of larger species of sea turtles. As well as a tag that younger sea turtles could grow into. The new 691IL meets this customer request, and more! The larger tag not only fits on larger species of sea turtles, but it also provides room for additional stamping. You can now fit more lines of text on one side of the tag, and a larger, easier to read, serial number on the other side of the tag. Shown below is a size comparison of the new 691IL tag to our other, smaller, turtle tag (style 681IC). sea turtle tags for large turtles made from Incoloy material. Another difference between our turtle tags besides size is the material. The new 691IL is made of Incoloy, while the 681IC is made of Inconel. These two materials are similar in that they both high-performance alloys that stand up to salt-water environments. Incoloy has less nickel, and more iron, in it than Inconel.

Both of our turtle tags are self-piercing, but the 691IL has a hole, while the 681IC has a bubble. Both these features ensure that when the tag is closed, it won’t get caught on anything, such as a fishing net. The hole makes sure that when the tag is closed, no stamping gets covered up. The hole also makes it impossible for the person placing the tag on the turtle to over-apply the tag.

For tips on how to apply turtle tags, check out this blog.

 

 

Wing Band Order Forms / Formularios Para Ordenar Placas Para Alas

Ordering wing bands just got easier! Our four most popular styles now have an easy to use PDF order form. You can type directly in the form, or print it off and write on it. Email your completed form to [email protected] to place your order.

¡Ordenar sus placas para alas es ahora mas fácil! Nuestros 4 estilos mas populares tienen ahora un sencillo formulario PDF. Usted puede llenar directamente el formulario o imprimirlo y escribir en él. Envíenos su formulario una vez completado a [email protected]com para colocar su orden.

 

890-3 Zip
Wing Band / Placas Para Alas 

890-3 zip wing band / placas para alas aluminio

English – Order Form

Español – Formulario Para Ordenar

892-3 Zip
Wing Band 
/ Placas Para Alas 

892-3 zip wing band / placas para alas aluminio

English – Order Form

Español – Formulario Para Ordenar

893 Jiffy
Wing Band 
/ Placas Para Alas 

893 zip wing band / placas para alas aluminio

English – Order Form

Español – Formulario Para Ordenar

893B Jiffy
Brass Wing Band 
/ Latón Placas Para Alas 

893B Brass zip wing band / placas para alas laton

English – Order Form

Español – Formulario Para Ordenar

Blank Tags for On-Site Identification

National Band & Tag is known for our large variety of customization options, from laser etching, stamping, hybrid tags, custom layouts, numbering, and more. But did you know, we can also make blank tags? For those who wish to engrave the tags themselves, or for those who need immediate on-site identification, our blank tags are for you!

Options:

We can produce any of our hundreds of tags styles/materials/sizes blank. We offer hand stamps and a hand engraver to help you customize the tags yourself. Hand stamps are available in A-Z and 0-9 in sizes 1/16″, 1/8″, 1/4″, and 3/16″. Our tags can also work with laser etching machines, dot peen marking, and embossing machines. If you already have a machine that you need the blank tags to fit in, let us know what size and we can send some tags for you to test on before placing an order. Another option for simple on-site identification is to use Write-On tags. These tags are made of thin, flexible aluminum so you can write on them with a ball-point pen.

blank tags for on-site identification stainless steel 1 x 3

Blank Tag Quick Ship:

Need some blank tags quick? Check out the 3 sizes of blank stainless steel tags that are stocked and ready to ship in 2-business days. Are there any other tags you’d like to see added to our quick ship inventory in the future? Comment below!

Kennel License Tags for Commercial Breeders

If you are a county in one of the states who issue kennel license tags for commercial dog breeders, National Band & Tag is here to help!

Each state has its own definition of what a kennel, commercial breeder, and a pet store is. Generally, a “Kennel” means an enclosed, controlled area, inaccessible to other animals, in which a person keeps, harbors or maintains five or more dogs under controlled conditions. A general definition for a “commercial dog breeder” is someone who breeds a large number of dogs, within a certain time frame. Each state’s definitions, standards of care, licensing, registration and permits, and inspections can be viewed on this PDF, provided by the Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

For counties who need to issue kennel licensing tags, there are two main options to choose from:

Option 1: A tag to go on the kennel with corresponding tags for the dogs.

kennel tag and dog tag

kennel license tags that go on the cage

Option 2: No tag on the kennel, just tags for the dogs.

 

kennel licensing on dog tags example

However your county decides to do their kennel licensing tags, National Band & Tag has lots of customization options to fit your needs. You can shop by shape (square, round, oblong, rectangle, etc.). The most popular style for the tag that goes on the kennel is style #187. We have 11 different colors to choose from, so you can have a different color every year. Your custom stamping can have your county’s name, maximum dog limits, sequential numbering, year, and more. Contact us today for a free quote on kennel license tags!

(Please note – If you are a commercial dog breeder in need of a license or tags, please contact your county. We sell to the county, not the end-user).

 

Plant Labels: Plastic, Wood, Aluminum and Copper.

National Band & Tag is the manufacturer for all your plant label needs! With our wide variety of sizes, styles, shapes, and material, there are plenty of options for you to choose from. We sell plant labels in packs of 100 with quantity discounts at 500, 1,000, 5,000, and 10,000 labels. No garden is too small or too large. Proper plant identification is important for the gardener planting, as well as for the garden centers selling the plants.

Plastic plant labels are available in pink, orange, yellow, or white .020″ Vinyl. Plastic labels come in an oblong shape (style 2739) or a stake shape. We have 13 different stake sizes to choose from (style 2745, style 2754 – 2788)!  All of our plastic labels can be custom laser-etched with a barcode, text, or logo. Contact us for a laser etching quote.

plant labes, 4 inches, 6 inches, and 8 inches tall in white, pink, orange, and yellow.

Write-On tags are available in .005″ aluminum or .005″ copper. These are very thin, flexible materials. Copper Write-On tags are available in an oblong shape (style 2720) or in the shape of a watering can (style 2721)! Aluminum Write-On tags are available in 3 different rectangular sizes (styles 2702w1 – 2702w3), an oblong shape (style 2729), or a rectangle with a wrap-around tail (style 2725). Tags featured in the picture below (except the wrap around tag), have the option of copper wires attached. Oblong shaped tags have the option of an eyelet in the hole for extra reinforcement. The 2702 series comes with a biodegradable cardboard backing. This makes writing on the tag while in the garden easier because the cardboard gives you a sturdy backing to write against.

Plant labels in plastic, copper, and aluminum with copper wire for attachmentWrite-On aluminum plant labels for identification

Wood labels are available in plain wood or treated wood. Treated wood will last outdoors longer than plain wood. Shown in the picture below are the popular 4″ and 6″ tall labels. Other sizes are available (styles 2704 – 2712).

wood plant labels and wood plant stakes

Botanical gardens, nurseries, garden centers, gardening clubs, greenhouses, agricultural organizations, and universities all use our plant labels for identification. Distributors and resellers who are interested in learning more about wholesale pricing, please contact us for more information.

How to Find the Correct Leg Band Size for your Bird

Did you know, National Band & Tag manufactures leg bands ranging in size from a hummingbird to a swan? With so many leg band sizes to choose from, it may be confusing to find the correct size for your species of bird.

There are two different options for finding out which leg band size you should order:

Option 1: Find the diameter of your bird’s leg. The easiest way to do this is to use a piece of string. You might want to have one person hold the bird, while another holds the string and measures.

  • Step 1: Place the tip of a string onto the bird’s leg where the band is going to sit. Wrap the string around the leg until the string reaches the tip on the end of the string you are holding in place.
  • Step 2: Mark the point where the string touches the tip with a marker.
  • Step 3: Stretch the string out across the length of the ruler and then locate the mark on the string. Read the measurement on the ruler. This tells you the circumference of the bird’s leg.
  • Step 4: Divide your circumference measurement by 3.14. (Example: a circumference of 34.54 mm / 3.14 = a diameter of 11 mm)

Option 2: Check for your species on the USGS’s Recommended Band Size chart. This is a guideline, and NB&T is not responsible for incorrect size bands being ordered based on this chart. While the USGS’s list is reliable for most standard birds, your bird could be slightly different. For example, wild mallards usually wear a size 14 band, but farm-raised mallards tend to be a little fatter and may need to go up to a size 16 band.

find your perfect size leg band for birds

Next Steps:

Now that you know the diameter of your bird’s leg, you can view our bird bands and find the band that correlates with your diameter. From our example in option 1, if the diameter is 11 mm, then our size 14 at 11.13 mm would be the best option. It’s ok for the band to be slightly bigger. You don’t want the band to be too tight, otherwise, it can cause damage to the leg. When ordering your leg bands, don’t forget that each size band needs its matching applicator to properly seal it. If you are ordering multiple sizes of bands, you will also need multiple applicators.

Prevent Flock Cannibalism with “Clip-On” Blinders / Peepers

Stop feather pecking with National Band & Tag’s “Clip-On” Blinders / Peepers!

All birds mildly peck to establish a pecking order amongst the flock. When this behavior escalates to feather pecking is when your flock is in trouble. Feather pecking includes ripping feathers out, damaging the skin, or even making another bird bleed. Feather pecking leads to cannibalistic behaviors.  You should try to prevent these behaviors, or immediately squash them in order to keep the whole flock from becoming cannibalistic. Birds have a tendency to copy each other, so if one starts pecking, others may follow.

Some conditions that can cause poultry (chickens, pheasants, quail, etc) to start feather pecking include overcrowding, lack of food/water, stress, inadequate nest boxes, and more. You can get more details about these causes in the article, “FEATHER PECKING AND CANNIBALISM IN SMALL AND BACKYARD POULTRY FLOCKS” (By Dr. Jacquie Jacob, University of Kentucky). For gamebirds, space recommendations need to be double compared to chickens, and even larger for pheasants, according to, “Poultry Cannibalism: Prevention and Treatment“, (By Phillip Clauer, Pennsylvania State University).

You can take preventative measures by using NB&T’s “Clip-On” Blinders / Peepers on your whole flock before they start pecking, instead of just on the hens who are pecking. Our pinless peeper was designed with you, the customer, in mind. We spent over a decade developing, talking with customers, modifying, and improving the design of our pinless peeper (Style 3184L). While pinless peepers will have a percentage of loss, ours will stay in longer. You know it’s a National Band & Tag peeper because ours have “NB&T” molded into the back of the crossbar!

 

Clip on blinders and peepers         A chicken with pinless peepers on

 

We sell peepers in packs of 25, 50 & 100 on Amazon.  For quantities of 100 or more, you can buy from us directly online.  We offer quantity price discounts at 500, 1,000, 5,000 and 10,000. We offer 10 different colors: Yellow, Orange, Green, Light Green, Blue, Light Blue, Pink, Purple, Brown, and White.

World Migratory Bird Day 2020: Birds Connect Our World

What is World Migratory Bird Day?

In 2018, the Environment for the Americas (EFTA), joined the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), and the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA), to create a single, global, bird conservation education campaign, World Migratory Bird Day! This day is an annual awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats.

World Migratory Bird Day Poster

We celebrate World Migratory Bird Day on the second Saturday of May in the US and Canada (May 9, 2020), and the second Saturday of October in Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean (October 10, 2020). There are two celebration days a year because migratory birds are all migrating at different times in different parts of the world. The 2020 World Migratory Bird Day conservation theme, Birds Connect Our World, focuses on the tracking technologies used to explore the routes of migratory birds across the globe, and how this knowledge is used to inform conservation.

How NB&T Supports World Migratory Bird Day:

National Band & Tag is a supporter of migratory birds, and World Migratory Bird Day because we manufacture millions of bird bands each year. Researchers and conservationists use our bird bands to track birds and collect data. Our bands fit in with this year’s theme of Birds Connect Our World because our bands are used for tracking! Bands have been used since 1595 to track and identify birds. Other bird tracking systems include satellite tags, light-level geolocators, weather radars, satellite imagery, and data from people using birding apps. Tracking migratory birds provides us with lots of useful information! We learn about the places where birds nest, stop to rest, and where they spend the non-nesting months. We can examine their habitats, threats they face on the ground, and how we can help improve their migratory journey.

World Migratory Bird Day, Federal Bird Bands used by the USGS bird banding lab

How to Participate in World Migratory Bird Day while in Quarantine:

It’s a crazy time we live in right now. We aren’t able to get out and take a bird tour or attend a local WMBD activity. But there are still lots of ways you can celebrate World Migratory Bird Day from home! Check out www.migratorybirdday.org/resources for WMBD coloring pages, at-home scavenger hunts, and activity pages. You can also go birding in your backyard. Observe what birds you can see from your home, and then try learning more about your local birds online. Show off how you are celebrating WMBD on social media using #WMBD2020, #WorldMigratoryBirdDay, and #BirdsConnectOurWorld.

National Pet ID Week

April 17th – 23rd is National Pet ID Week!

National Pet ID Week is for seven days starting April 17th. This national week gives pet owners a great opportunity to make sure their pet’s identification is up-to-date. ID tags and microchips give lost pets the best chance possible to be reunited with their owners.

It is estimated that one in three pets will go missing at some point in their life. According to the ASPCA, “Approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.3 million are dogs and 3.2 million are cats. About 710,000 animals who enter shelters as strays are returned to their owners.”

How to Observe National Pet ID Week

Vets recommend every pet owner prepare for a lost pet. They say pet identification is a crucial step to keep pets safe. Even the most well-behaved cats and dogs can get lost, runoff unexpectedly or get separated from their owners.  Two popular ways to ID your pet, are to use a collar with a tag, and a microchip. Other identification methods include tattooing, QR Code Tags, GPS Collars, etc.

Collar tags are historically the most common, and the most recommended. Microchips are meant to be another level of protection, not a substitute. Pet owners can get personalized tags at local pet stores or online. This week, make sure your pet’s tags are correct and have the most up-to-date information on them. Also, check to make sure the information is readable and hasn’t been scratched or worn away. If you have “chipped” your pet with a microchip, this week is a good time to see that it is working and you are prepared to use it. Did you register your microchip? Do you have the microchip brand, the 1-800 number of the company, and the microchip number of your pet in an easily accessible place? These are all great questions to ask yourself, and ways to celebrate National Pet ID Week!

Use #NationalPetIDWeek and #PetIdWeek on social media to participate in the discussion

It’s Springtime – Get Ready To Ear Tag!

It is officially Springtime! Farmers and ranchers are gearing up to ear tag all the new baby animals that are about to be born.

Many baby animals are born in spring because spring provides better, richer food. This allows mom to produce quality milk for her baby. The temperature also starts to get warmer, making it is easier for babies to survive.

Ear tag regulations differ depending on the animal, and the state. For example, some animals need to have an ear tag applied by a certain age, or before they leave the farm. Most ranchers and farmers prefer to tag their baby animals within hours, to a few days, of them being born. It is easier to tag the baby as soon as it’s born because it’s easier to handle and get away from mom. This also allows farmers to keep track of which baby belongs to which mom.

Now that we are into spring, don’t forget to order your ear tags and wing bands! Order now so that your ear tags are produced, shipped, and in-hand ready to go for when those babies start dropping. We offer lots of different options for meeting your identification needs! Whether you just need an ID number, want to color coordinate, or need full customization, we can help.

Due to COVID-19, we are still open but have limited hours for April. Please see our home page for our new, temporary hours at www.nationalband.com.

 

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Every Day is Tag Day™

Here at National Band & Tag Company, we like to think that Every Day is Tag Day™!  This day was created by the American Humane Society and is celebrated on the first Saturday in April. Every Day is Tag Day™ unites thousands of animal control agencies, veterinarians, and humane organizations with the goal of urging pet owners to equip their pets with ID tags and/or microchips. Tags and microchips help maximize the chance of a lost pet returning home safely.

How to participate in Every Day is Tag Day™:
  • Make sure your pet always wears a collar with a current ID tag, rabies tag, and city/county license.
  • Include a phone number on their ID tag.
  • Keep your pet’s licenses, ID tag, and microchip current. Make sure to update the tag if you change your address or phone number.
  • Remember that even indoor pets need tags. Many indoor pets can escape and end up in the shelter.

 

You can order a personal ID tag at a local pet store kiosk, or online. You will receive a Rabies Tag from your veterinarian when your pet receives a rabies vaccination. City/County license tags are usually obtained through the county clerk’s office, animal control, or can be ordered online. Check for your local pet licensing requirements online. National Band & Tag mass produces blank tags for kiosks, and for individuals to personalize and re-sell. We also produce rabies tags for veterinarians and  license tags for cities and counties

rabies and license tag - Every Day is Tag Day™

Share with us in the comments, how do you plan to celebrate Every Day is Tag Day™?

National Poultry Day

March 19th is National Poultry Day! It’s a day when we recognize domesticated birds that are raised for meat or eggs. “Poultry” includes chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, quail, pheasants, guineafowl, squab, and other domesticated birds.

National Band & Tag manufactures a variety of products for poultry identification such as wing bands, leg bands, and clip-on blinders. We started out selling wing bands and leg bands for chickens back in 1902. To celebrate National Poultry Day, we are recognizing chickens by creating a side by side history timeline of chickens, NB&T, and how the industry grew in the 1900s.

History of Chickens, the Broiler Industry, and National Band & Tag in the 1900s

(Click the pictures below to make them larger.)

National Poultry Day - Chicken Timeline from 1900s

National Poultry Day - History of Chickens

 

 

Chickens & The Broiler Industry History:

1800s – 1900s:  Chickens are mostly owned by backyard farmers who use them for eggs. They are considered a delicacy, usually only eaten for holidays, special occasions, or when they are no longer producing eggs. By the beginning of the 1900s, a few entrepreneurs start selling young chickens in the summers for meat as a side business for their family farms.

1916: Pedigree chicken breeding starts. Founded when Robert C. Cobb Senior purchased a farm in Littleton, MA, forming Cobb’s Pedigreed Chicks.

1920s: Vitamin D was discovered in the early 1920s, which led to a revolution in poultry keeping. Hens could now survive through the winter months with Vitamin D supplements and go on to produce healthier chicks in the spring. Now that they can be raised indoors, people start building designated chicken coops. This all helped reduce the high mortality rate of chickens.

1923: Cecile Steele is the pioneer of the commercial broiler industry. Steele ordered 50 chicks for egg production; by mistake, she received 500 chicks. Instead of returning them, she saw an opportunity. She waited until the chickens reached 2 pounds live weight and sold them for a profit at 62 cents a pound. She increased her numbers in 1924 to 1,000 chicks, 10,000 in 1926, and 26,000 in 1928.

1939-1945: WW2 creates a ration on beef, pork, and lamb. People are encouraged to raise and eat more chicken. By the end of the war, Americans are eating 3 times more chicken than they were before the war.

1942: The government approves a new form of cleaning and packing ready-to-cook whole chickens in ice in wooden crates.

1948: Post war, “Chicken of Tomorrow” contest encourages breeders to create bigger, better broilers. Arbor Acres White Rocks’ white-feathered birds beat out the higher-performing Red Cornish crosses from the Vantress Hatchery. These two breeds would eventually be crossed and become the Arbor Acre breed whose genetics now dominate poultry farms worldwide today.

1950: Broilers are now the #1 source of poultry meat. Almost all Americans now have a modern, bottom cooling refrigerator, which has set a new standard of food storage and food safety

1952: The commercial broiler industry begins its economic boom. Specially bred meat chickens (“broilers”) surpass farm chickens as the number one source of chicken meat in the United States.

1970s: The broiler industry focuses on nutritional discoveries, disease eradication programs, and genetic improvements.

1980s: Consumers are starting to prefer cut-up and further-processed chickens to the traditional whole bird. Chicken surpasses pork consumption in 1985.

1990s: Chicken becomes the top-selling meat, surpassing beef. The movement towards natural, organic birds and eggs begins with more attention towards animal welfare.

 

National Band & Tag History:

1902: Joseph Haas starts to manufacture poultry leg and wing bands. He had been informed that breeders were improving their flocks, and it was necessary to distinguish one fowl from another. Visualizing the possibilities of a new industry, Haas went to work designing a few patterns of bands. Crude at first, they improved with recommendations from customers and experimental projects. He continued to make improvements until he came up with bands that worked. Ads were placed in poultry magazines, and although he had no competition, orders were slow.

1914: National Band & Tag makes its first move from a small barn to a garage, still in Newport, KY. NB&T now employs 3 people, one being Haas’s youngest son who was 11 years old.

1926: Business takes off for National Band & Tag! With the start of the broiler industry, more and more people are now raising chickens. The business moves from the garage to a building on Orchard St. in Newport, KY. Haas’s eldest son joins the business, and NB&T now employs 10 people.

1939: National Band & Tag invents Anti-Pix Chicken Glasses to help stop cannibalism in flocks. A year later in 1940, the “Jiffy” wing band is invented as an alternative to the “Zip” wing band.

1952: Now shipping worldwide, and profiting from the broiler industries’ economic boom, NB&T relocates from Orchard St. to a larger building on York St., Newport KY, which is where it still is today.

1957: C-LESS peepers are invented using aluminum to replace the chicken glasses

1968: The new “Tab End” wing band is invented. NB&T now employs 50 people.

1980s: National Band & Tag now has 3rd and 4th generation family members working together. NB&T continues to purchase surrounding land to expand the building.

1990s: NB&T celebrates 90 years of business in 1992.

 

Memorial Bird Bands

A great way to memorialize bird hunters who are no longer with us is with Memorial Bird Bands.

Customers use our Memorial Bird Bands as a memento to hand out to friends and family at the funeral. Some people will then put the bird band on their lanyard or keychain so that they can carry it around with them every day as a remembrance of their loved one. Hunting buddies or hunt clubs may want to pass out the bands amongst its members in honor of the deceased. Some will raffle off the memorial bands to help raise money for the family. We even had one customer put the memorial bands in honor of her son on ducks, so duck hunters would call for years saying they got one of the banded birds in tribute of her son.

 

Here are some of the ways our customers have customized their Memorial Bird Bands:

 

Memorial bird bands

IN LOVING MEMORY OF BRANDON MAUGLE 06/19/93-04/16/14

 

RIP MEMORIAL BANDS

JEFFERY WILKINS 4/23/1964 – 8/7/2016

LIVE LOVE DREAM MEMORIAL BIRD BANDS

STEVEN N. KENDRICK 02/09/99 – 01/27/19 LIVE – LOVE – DREAM

REST IN PEACE BIRD BANDS FOR HUNTERS

LEGENDS NEVER DIE RIP JB 12/2/12

DUCK MEMORIAL BANDS FOR LANYARDS

KELLY KEITH EADS 05/12/1997-01/21/2019 GET LOWER & SHOOT HIGHER

 

Click here to view our bird band sizes.

Bird bands come in multiple sizes and colors and can be customized with your text.

 

 

 

 

Designing Asset Tags for Proper Asset Management

WHAT IS AN ASSET?

Asset: “property owned by a person or company, regarded as having value and available to meet debts, commitments, or legacies.”

WHY DO ASSETS NEED IDENTIFICATION?

Some businesses may want a simple asset tag that has their logo and “Property of” on it to show that the asset belongs to them. Other businesses may want a more complex tag with a serial number or barcode so that they can track the asset. Asset tags are an important part of asset management. Asset tags can help to track an asset’s location, discourage theft, show ownership, track maintenance, repairs, and more. All of these reasons make Asset Tags valuable to both large and small businesses who want to have a proper asset management system in place.

 

design asset tags for your asset management needs

DESIGNING ASSET TAGS – WHAT TO CONSIDER:

  1. Where is your tag going to go on the asset, and where is the asset going to be? This will affect the size and shape of the tag you need, as well as the material. We have metal tags for flat surfaces, labels for curved surfaces, or flexible plastic tags. If your asset is going to be in a harsh environment, a heavy-duty metal tag will last longer than a thin plastic tag.
  2. How are you going to attach your tag to the asset? This will determine if you need holes, slots, or adhesive backing. This will also determine hole/slot size and placement on the tag.
  3. What info do you need the tag to relay? Logo, barcode, phone number, serial number, text, etc. are all things we can customize your tag with, but it’s up to you the tell us what information and numbering you want.

View more samples of Asset Tags and Asset Labels here.

 

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NA Recovery Key Tags

Narcotics Anonymous Recovery Key Tags represent increments of clean time and allow you to celebrate every milestone. Our NA Key Tags celebrate different lengths of clean time on the front of the tag. The back of the tag is customized with your homegroup name.  We offer 3 different options, a Full Set of 1,000 tags, a set of 100 or 200 Key Tags (one color only). These Key Tags are an authentic military-style dog tag with the notch in the tag.

Narcotics anonymous recovery key tags

Set of 1,000 Key Tags:

White “Just For Today” – 200 Tags
Orange “30 Days” – 100 Tags
Green “60 Days” – 100 Tags
Red “90 Days” – 100 Tags
Blue “6 Months” – 100 Tags
Yellow “9 Months” – 100 Tags
Gold “1 Year” – 100 Tags
Silver “18 Months” – 100 Tags
Black “Multiple Years” – 100 Tags

full set of recovery key tags

Key Tags are available for purchase through our website or through Amazon. If you have any questions about our NA Recovery Key Tags, call us at 859-261-2035 and a customer service representative will assist you.

 

Upgraded Well Permit Tags

New, Improved, QR Coded Well Permit Tags

Well Tags need to last outside in harsh environments year-round to make sure wells are properly identified. The old DNREC Well Permit Tag featured on top is plain aluminum and is stamped. The Well Permit Tag on the bottom is UV Stable Black Aluminum. On this tag, we use a laser to etch the text, which creates a highly visible white text on the black background, which won’t fade away. The new UV Stable Black Aluminum tag has a QR Code on the tag. This allows anyone with a smartphone to scan the QR Code and go to the Department of Natural Resources’ website.


Well permit tags with a QR code

Every well is required to have a Well Tag (in most states), to ensure a clean and adequate supply of underground drinking water. There are programs in place to prevent contamination of aquifers from improper well construction, drilling, or abandonment. Before drilling, a licensed well driller must first obtain a permit. The unique ID number on the Well Tag makes obtaining important information about the well easier.

Our Well Permit Tags are customizable in shape, material, and layout, so you can get the exact identification you need. We offer custom slot sizes for your tags so you can strap these tags onto the well. Available slot sizes are 1/8″ X 9/16″ (for 1/2″ strapping), 1/4″ X 7/8″ (for 3/4″ strapping) and 1/4″ X 1-1/8″ (for 1″ strapping). Click here to view more samples of Well Permit Tags.