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Animal Identification

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Cattle traceability has been evolving for the last 20 years, Identification has migrated

from branding to Tattoos, then visual ear tags, and now EID (Electronic Identification) Tags.

Major Problems in Animal Farming

  1. Animal Identification
  2. Breeding and Culling
  3. Disease Traceability
  4. Animal Database ( Purchase, Milking, Feed Plans)

Current identification in cattle is visual ear tags; this is the most cost effective form of identification to beef cattle producers. Visual ear tags does have its down side, as it is open to human error, in reading the visual tags, it is time consuming, and visual id on tags can get worn and faded.

Livestock-ID Blog provides complete information on Animal Identification, in all forms of cattle identification from visual ear tags to RFID ear tags.


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EID tags are more superior to visual tags, and provide much more value to the cattle producer, as well as the food supply chain.

 

Benefits of RFID Traceability:

Intelysol tags can be read with an RFID reader at a distance, minimizing close contact with cattle.

Intelysol tags can be read at a fast rate.

Intelysol tags have a unique identification number, so there is no duplicate error. The tags also have the country code embedded in the transponder, giving the Intelysol tag an extra form of country identification. In the United States these tags are meet COOL (Country of Origin) requirements.

Intelysol tags eliminate human error in reading the visual identification.

The tag identification, when read with an RFID read, can be downloaded to cattle software for additional rancher management. An effective management tool for tracing various activities within the herd, from vaccinations, and insemination records to other needed management options.

With new technology on the market today from RFID readers to software, this can save cattle producers money, labor, and time in keeping up with the daily tasks of cattle management.

Cattle management software provides the additional tools and information needed for cattle producers to make sound decisions on their cattle.

Hygienic RFID animal ear tag have made animal tracking automated and easier. It is of much importance to animal management, since it eliminates the need for paper work and preventing livestock from loss.

These RFID Animal Ear Tags are widely used in livestock tracking, like cattle, pigs and sheep. With unique ID number on each RFID tag, the animal ear tags are suitable for automated monitoring and recording tagged livestock information on feeding, location and vaccination. And once the RFID animal tag is injected onto the ear of livestock, it can not be removed to another livestock.

Thus Intelysol's RFID animal tags ensure not only in tag retention, but also in infection prevention for animal tracking. Since the chip is sealed into the polyurethane housing to prevent livestock from infection. And the RFID ear tags can be available in three operating frequency, including 125KHz, 134KHz and 13.56MHz.

By tagging livestock with RFID ear tags, it is easy to track and manage animal. In other words, the RFID Animal Ear Tags is of a great benefit to RFID animal management such as feeding, immunity, disease management and breeding practices.

  1. Identification

    • As cattle look similar to each other, distinguishing between different animals is difficult. Tagging provides a method of identifying each animal and helps with keeping records of the animal's past. Proper identification enables tracking of an animal's performance, helping with decisions on which animals should be culled or sold. Tagging provides clear evidence of ownership when cattle herds become mixed, preventing loss of stock or ownership disputes. Some cattle tags use radio frequency identification systems (RFID), making identifying and record management even more efficient.

    Breeding and Culling

    • Tagging cattle enables tracking of age and breeding history of individual animals. Knowing when animals are suitable for breeding or require culling is part of good cattle herd management. Tagging provides easy access to records for establishing the performance of a breeding animal and helping to identify when new heifers are needed to replenish stock. Tagging also helps track the progress of calves, identifying when they are mature enough for breeding or culling.

    Disease Traceability

    • Since 2010, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) made tagging with official ear tags, for the purpose of animal disease traceability, mandatory for all cattle that cross state lines. Outbreaks of disease, such as foot-and-mouth, tuberculosis and bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), severely damage the cattle industry, as witnessed in several European outbreaks. Cattle tagging provides proper traceability for containment of contaminated herds, reducing the spread of infection by identifying every location each animal has lived.

    Other Benefits

    • With a traceability and tagging system in place, age and source verification give consumers knowledge of where their beef comes from. This sort of traceability offers premium beef sellers opportunities to develop a brand for their cattle business. With tagging, the ease of record retrieval helps improve the quality of herds, enabling genetic diversity and evaluation of an individual animal's influence on meat quality.

Components of System

  1. RFID Animal Readers ( as per Entery / Exit)
  2. RFID Animal Tags
  3. Software for required System
  4. Handheld PDA
  5. RFID Animal Tag Writers
 

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