Living on a cattle farm, I’ve always known that the tags we put in the calves and cows to mark their identity are important. I never knew how the tags were exactly made. After visiting Pagano South America, I gained an understanding of the plastic industry.
First we learned about the company that was started 47 years ago as a repair show. Now ran by the two sons of the founder and president, Pagano manufactures electric fence, ear tags, and security fence. They sell to 14 countries and never sell directly to producers.
The government requires two tags per each cow that includes the producer’s number and the tag manufacturer’s number assigned by the veterinarian. I found it interesting that AllTech, an American company, has about 50% of the Argentine market, while Pagano has 20% of the market.
We walked throughout the factory, seeing how the plastic is melted and stretched to make fence, while the tags are written on by a laser. It was also neat to see that the company has had a competition the past three years that gives the useless leftover plastic to artists and encourages them to create a sculpture. The creativity and efficiency was very impressive.