The Nose of a Steer Ready to Be
Noseprinted for identification

Steer Ready to Be NoseprintedEach calf has a pattern on its nose, similar to our fingerprints. Each print is unique and never changes. It is a permanent form of identification.

The calf at the right is being held securely and humanely in a special chute. This way he doesn't hurt himself. Deanna Karmazin, Extension Associate (photo left) has cradled his head so she can work safely.

A pad with non-toxic ink is applied to the calf's nose and then a print is made by gently pressing a piece of paper onto his nose to make the print. Do you see how the nose of the calf is black? He has already had the ink applied to his nose and is ready to have it printed. The photo below is the actual print from a calf.

NoseprintFor years, 4-H and FFA youth in Nebraska have been required to nose print their calves to be eligible for the Nebraska State Fair or AK-SAR-BEN. It is a reliable method of verifying the identity of the animal. If there are questions of ownership before a competition, noseprints can be used to find the answers.

To read more about how to noseprint, find more information on Quality Assurance Training for Youth, read an article on Retinal Scans (another form of identification), and learn more about Lancaster County 4-H, visit HERE:

Can You Guess It PhotoThis Can You Guess It?? photo (Right) is featured in the April 2004 NEBLINE (Page 12 - 176KB Printable File)



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