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  • Editing Team 18:12 on October 16, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Regulations for the Use of RFID in Livestock Sector 

    ear-tags-cattle-livestock-RFID-blogRFID ear tags are widely used for livestock. They not only help better manage livestock, but also monitor the animals’ conditions in real time. But is there an international standard for RFID’s use in this sector, or do regulations differ from one nation to another?

    In fact, regulations vary widely from country to country. Australia and New Zealand require the use of RFID to track certain types of livestock, in order to protect both consumers and the countries’ export of meat and other animal products.

    A few years ago, Canada responded to a mad cow disease scare by requiring the cattle industry to replace the existing barcode system with RFID by the end of 2009. All cattle leaving Canadian farms of origin now must be fitted with RFID tags. The unique identification numbers on those tags are linked in a database with the movements of each animal until its slaughter or export.

    Other nations have instituted mandatory livestock tracking without specifying a technology. Argentina and Brazil, for example, have instituted mandatory identification and tracking programs for cattle, though RFID is not specified. And the European Union has required RFID tags for sheep and goats for disease control purposes. Use of RFID on cattle was voluntary, but now, under EC1760/2000, it is recommending the mandatory use of RFID since so few used it voluntarily.

    In the U.S., RFID tracking of cattle has been made mandatory in only one state — Michigan, and that was prompted by the need to keep bovine tuberculosis under control. The National Animal Identification System (NAIS) requires animals to be identified uniquely, but does not require RFID tagging.

    Now more and more farms are using RFID ear tags to track animals for consumer safety purposes. RFID will be the preferred technology in the long run because it is easier and faster to use than having to scan barcodes.

  • Editing Team 23:50 on September 4, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    RFID in Australian Livestock Industry 

    livestock-industry-sheep-ear-tag-rfid-blogThe Sheep RFID Industry Panel Session was held at the Livestock Saleyard Association of Victoria (LSAV) conference. All of the industry bodies stated that they were interested in deploying an RFID system, but the panel differed in who would be responsible and how would it be funded.

    Victoria is the prime to introduce an electronic tag system, due to the large number of sheep through the saleyards.

    However, there are some speculations over it: should the implementation of RFID be a single State trial or should it be done nationwide? And if it is to be a State trial, should it be Victoria?

    Comments arouse against Victoria of being an industry leader, because of cross-border movements between Victoria and NSW, and cross-contamination of information.

    Everyone would have to work together for a successful outcome; therefore it should be national, said Ian Feldtmann, a member of the panel.

    Right now, without electronic tags or a tag reading system, producers have to list tag numbers on the National Vendor Declaration (NVD) forms by their own. If there is any change, they need to recheck the information and add it onto the forms.

    With RFID, the process can be cut down into a much shorter one. Deploying electronic systems make it a lot easier for producers to collect the information.

    Another member of the panel Dr. Britt said, introducing an RFID system would benefit all involved in the livestock industry.

    “Otherwise, if we have a Foot and Mouth outbreak, and we cannot instantly say where livestock are, or where they are going, the impact on export alone will be huge,” he said. “Even if we can do it correctly, it will take a lot to convince other countries that we have the disease under control and can offer a safe product.”

  • Derek Du 19:06 on September 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ear tag, , , SURVEY   

    RFID Livestock Ear Tags Design Survey 


    This survey jointly sponsored by RFID-BLOG and Nexqo Technology. We are conducting a survey to learn about the current livestock ear tags design and use. Your help and information will be greatly helpful to improve our design.

    The questionnaire will just take your several minutes to finish. Thank you very much for your support and help.

    For survey link, please press here.

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