Livestock: Benefits of Electronic Identification

  • Injectable RFID and visual tags identify individual animals quickly. When paired with suitable software, you can track medical records, health status and yield in a smart and transparent way.
  • Injectable RFID assists in positively identifying the real owner of an animal.
  • Enables settling insurance claims faster and helps detect fraudulent claims.
  • Helps state and regional government manage subsidies more transparently.
  • Helps owners secure bank funding and loans - prove those animals are really yours!
  • Enables stray livestock to be retrieved by their owners.
  • Enables health authorities to rapidly react to spread of diseases among livestock using demographic grouped data.

Case study: Argentina ranch identifies 35,000 animals with TROVAN transponders for brucellosis eradication

The Campo General Avalos Ranch, a ranching operation in the Argentinean province of Corrientes, implemented a comprehensive cattle identification and herd management program. The ranch is a largescale operation encompassing 37,513 hectares.

More than 35,000 head of cattle were identified with the TROVAN ID-100A transponder, allowing managers of the operation to automate herd management and ensure the traceability of individual animals. Portable data terminals used in conjunction with application-specific software allow on-the-fly data entry. Basic hand held readers are used for back-up.

Since the loss rate for conventional ear tags in the typical free range situation can in some cases exceed 20 percent, implantable RFID was selected in order to ensure positive identification of each animal for its life.

Electronic ID allows faster processing of animals, resulting in less stress to the animal and in time savings to ranch personnel. It also plays an important part in the brucellosis eradication campaign. Use of unique TROVAN ID codes to identify individual animals in conjunction with rigorous, automated record keeping will allow the operation to be declared free of brucellosis in less than one year.