Electronic Identification Tags

What is RFID?
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), also known as electronic identification or (EID), gives producers the ability to quickly, easily and accurately capture animal information and review/record information into a record-keeping program or database of their choice. RFID accomplishes this by transmitting an electronic signal from the RFID device, such as an EID Tag, to a reader/scanner.

Benefits of RFID
The use of EID increases returns to individual producers if used as a management tool in many practical ways, including:

1. Automates data capture which reduces time and cost. It also increases accuracy by eliminating transcription errors possible with visual tags. While an EID device may cost more than a visual tag at the onset, the time, savings and accuracy advantages outweigh the cost difference.

2. Can provide an animal's complete individual history to buyers regarding genetics, breed type, health treatments, performance and age verification through use of a management software package or an on-line data service.

3. Facilitates premium marketing opportunities for beef production through Quality Systems Assessment's (QSA's) for export markets. A high performance EID tag reduces the chance of a missed ID at the sale barn or packing plant and potential lost premiums.

Tag Combinations
Each ear tag brand has multiple combinations of RFID tags and panel tags. Basic button electronic tags can be added to visual panels tags and personalized. Allow 3-4 weeks for delivery of tags.

RFID Standards
In 1996, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) established RFID standards for livestock identification, which utilized the strengths of the low frequency 134.2 kHz band. This frequency provides the ability to read through most materials in wet and dirty conditions and provides a well-defined read zone for animals passing next to the reader.

Standard EID Tags
The tags are passive and operate on low frequency. They are powered by energy from the reader itself to activate the tags. EID Tags are available in HDX or FDX. These low-frequency tags use a tag manufacturing code that proceeds with a 12 digit unique ID number.

Country coded USDA
Country coded tags use the same standard EID tag structure with your 7 digit USDA premises number. The "840" or "US Country" coded tags are becoming the preference of Animal Health officials nationwide. Producers are choosing this option to more efficiently identify their animals for day to day management, official animal health protocols and Country of Origin Labeling. "840" tags are designed to simplify the recording process with USDA and are done so under their guidelines. Tags will be produced with the 15 digit AIN number will be allocated to your premises number in the USDA system.

Wisconsin Branded Tag Program
The voluntary Identifying Wisconsin™branded Official ID program is the first of its kind and has been developed with support from Wisconsin livestock producers, industry and the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP).

Under the Identifying Wisconsin program, Wisconsin producers with a premises ID can purchase approved AIN (840) and Premises ID tags. All tags approved for the program will carry the "Wisconsin Origin" seal that is printed by tag manufacturers and only distributed to farms in the state of Wisconsin through select distributors.

The tags offered under this program can be used to satisfy traceability needs for marketing, state and national animal health programs ad on-farm management. Data about the farm of origin is housed in a producer and industry managed database located in Madison, Wis.