The info site for GMPBasic - ostrich mode 

Ostrich Tag Applicator

Ostrich tagging by the  authorised taggers (AT) (authorised official)

1. The authorised taggers order the SAOC ostrich ID tags from their regional ATD (authorised tag distributor) which in most instances will be the regional abattoir. The AT co-ordinate between the ostrich producer, AHT (animal health technician), SAOBC admin staff, Deltamune Labs and the ATD abattoir.

Tags can be applied to three categories of ostriches:

Adult ostriches
Ostriches > 4 months
Ostriches < 4 months

Ostrich Information Services

2. Ostrich Producer
(Registered Compartment)

The ostrich data has to be uploaded to the user compartments system





3. Some registered producers who do not have computers may have their info updated on their user profiles on behalf of them by an authorised tagger or by the SAOBC administration offices.


4. The AT will apply the tags individually to each ostrich. Each ostrich may at a later stage also be entered into the system against the users own GMPBasic - Ostrich mode user profile. Information can be married, verified by a variety of methods.

Each tagger will be accountable for their tag inventory. Each tag will be monitored against the database in audit processes to ensure that no illegal use, fraudulent use or counterfeit tags are introduced into the industry. The GMP traceability system has checks and balances in place to assist the SAOBC (ostrich industry) to comply to the highest standards possible.

When a tagger has completed tagging and has recorded the tagged ostriches into the producers user profile, the system produces a Tagging log (Animal registration records). Each tag received and administered by the tagger will also be monitored by the GMP traceability system.


5. The tag attachment site is important. In trial work conducted by, Dr Adriaan Olivier (KKI), GMP traceability, the Ostrich research farm and the SAOBC the following predilection site has been identified as best suited for ostrich identification.

The tag should not be placed too high on the neck skin as this may increase the loss of tags from hides during the tanning process. Enabling a very high percentage of tags to pass through the tanning process allows for a high degree of hide - to - owner allocation. This means that owners will be able to have peace of mind that they are being paid for their ostrich hides and not for some-one else's hides which may not have been of the same high standard as their own. This in itself is an additional value add function of the tagging. Some producers have the tag placed in the wing web so that losses due to fence snagging is reduced to the minimum. A bird without a tag cannot be marketed.

This is addressed with the re-tagging function within the GMPBasic - Ostrich Mode. Thereby the bird can be tested again and if negative for bird flu be dispatched with the next disease free group.






6. Ostriches that are not on the system are selected for tagging with the SAOBC ID tag*

The VPN specifies that young ostriches < 4 months of age do not have to be tagged (they are managed in batch mode until 4 months of age). From 4 months of age each young ostrich is individually, uniquely tagged with a tamper evident SAOBC ID tag which is managed within the GMP patented traceability database. Ostriches that are younger than 4 months of age and that are moved after being received from the hatchery, have to be individually tagged and recorded into the system prior to their movement being allowed. 


Telephone: +27 (0)11 954 4445

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