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  • Editing Team 17:41 on January 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: livestock,   

    Taiwanese Researcher Develops RFID Smart Goose Breeding 

    Taiwan-smart-goose-breeding-RFID-blogA local researcher in Taipei, a city in Taiwan, China, has used RFID technology to add “smart” into goose-breeding, in order to keep track of geese which are particularly fruitful when it comes to birthing goslings.

    Chang Shenchang, an assistant researcher at the Livestock Research Institute under the Council of Agriculture, spent four years of trial and error adapting the technology, commonly seen in many high-end smartphones, to the task of tracking specific geese.

    Chang developed a waterproof RFID tag that attaches to the waterfowl’s leg, providing data on how often and when they visit their cages and how long they stay.

    Innovative technology makes it easy to determine which geese lay more eggs. Up to 20% of female geese “do not lay” fertile eggs, he said, explaining that the system allows farmers to focus on those which do.

    “(The invention) can help identify which geese are more productive to help farmers cut down breeding costs and raise productivity by focusing on the more fertile ones,” he said.

    Chang estimated that the RFID system can save NT$700,000 (US$23,271) a year for a farmer of 3,000 geese and help produce 18,000 more goslings than usual.

    He plans a similar system in 2015 for ducks and other livestock.

  • Editing Team 18:12 on October 16, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: cattle, , livestock, ,   

    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.

  • Derek Du 19:06 on September 23, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , livestock, , 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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