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Livestock Electronic ID Reader / RFID Reader Integration for cattle, goats, sheep, or pigs

Updated: Sep 21

Trouble identifying your animals? Looking to streamline your livestock inspections? Read on to learn how RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tags make quickly identifying and handling health checks for your cattle, sheep, goats, pigs or other herd animals a breeze.

Identification of your animals is important. It can tell you which animal you have in front of you, animal history, genealogy and health. But using visual identification can have limitations. For instance, if all the animals look the same, it's hard to tell them apart, if you use ear tags often the animal could lose its tag or if the tag gets very dirty the tags might be hard to see. Add to the challenge, getting all the information you took from the animals recorded and in one place. Enter RFID tags, to help with all of these challenges.

What are Livestock RFID Tags

RFID tags, or Radio Frequency Identification is a way of tracking your cattle, sheep, pigs or other herd animals through scanning a tag with their unique identification. The tag is small, round and goes on the ear. There are tags as well as a tag reader. Once you've attached the tags to the animals you can then easily scan the tag during weight check ins, pregnancy or other health checks. In addition to being able to track an animal’s history RFID tags can helps you determine which ones are performing well and which ones need a little help or intervention.

The information from the scan is then uploaded easily into your farm software or other spreadsheet to keep track of this data. This reduces user data entry errors and saves time in overall data entry.

Benefits of Using Livestock Electronic ID Tags

There are many advantages of using RFID tags in your agricultural operation. It lets you easily identify your animals. Second, it avoids some of the limitations of line of sight tags, tattoos or barcode scans where you need to visually see or are only able to scan one animal at a time. Instead, RFID tags do not require line-of-site, and multiple RFID tags can be detected remotely and read all at once.

The RFID tag usually lasts for the life of the animal. Frequency varies from company to company so check with the manufacturer on your tag transmissions and if a reader will also work together. It's important to note that you can use different tags with different readers if they are all ISO compliant.

Overall, using these types of tags can make check in days more efficient (a less stressful) for you and for your animals.

Integrating Electronic ID into your existing herd

If you need help keeping track of your cattle, sheep, goats or other livestock, give Farmbrite a try. You can easily upload the RFID scans to Farmbrite and streamline the recording of key livestock details without having to manually enter it.