EID Tags - Electronic Identification Ear Tags

EID Tags - The Next Generation

In 2004, the U.S. Government asked farmers to use EID or Electronic Identification ear tags on all their cattle. This request was part of the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) spurred by the discovery of the first case of mad cow disease in the United States. Problem is - the EID tags they told farmers to use don't work very well. If you tried to use an EID tag to identify an animal, you had to walk right up to that animal and stick a long rod within a few inches of the animal’s ear, which is not always very easy. Clearly, the designers never tried to get a 1200 lbs cow to stay still after giving it a vaccination.

The Next Generation EID Tags


Animal Identification Number (AIN) Tags also had to be visible, which typically meant tagging the animal a second time. In addition to these challenges, farmers were concerned that other people could access their confidential information and so only about 30 percent of cattle producers tried using these EID tags. Even so, the majority of the EID ear tags on cattle in U.S. and Canada are using this older generation technology.

All EID tags use radio frequency identification, or RFID, technology. The first international standards used specifically for animal identification are ISO 11784 and ISO 11785. RFID standards have improved a lot since this standards were introduced and today farmers all over the world are now using the next generation RFID technology for Electronic Identification of Cattle, which uses the ISO/IEC 18000-6C standard. This is the same standard being used by retailers for global supply chain operations and traceability, which includes fresh produce and other food items. Not only does Ear tags using this standard meet the Animal Disease Traceability criteria for official identification for individual animals, but farmers can identify all the animals in a herd faster (hundreds per minute) and from further away (4 meters or more). Most importantly, the next generation cattle management systems that use this standard keep farmer’s confidential information secure so they’re in control of who sees their records.

See our Comparison Testing Article and Video

Add comment


Security code
Refresh

Cattle, Horse & Livestock Products

FarmTek New Items 2

Shop for the Best Discounted Pet, Equine, & Livestock Supplies!

See Details

Get Cattle ID News FREE!

Electronic Identification Ear Tags News


National Hog FarmerBurning questions kids ask about pig farmingNational Hog FarmerInterestingly, pig farmers do not give names to each pig on the farm. However, the pig will be identified by a tag, ear tattoo and ear notches. Some farms use new technology or electronic implants to virtually keep track of...
Read more...
Sheep CentralAllflex Tissue Sampling Unit now approved for sheep DNA testingSheep CentralWe use a 2D barcode scanner, an RFID stick reader and an XR3000 to record the animal ID and TSU sample number and send an electronic file to the lab.” She said the Wet TSU was ideal for the...
Read more...
New Mexico State University NewsCenterNMSU Tucumcari Bull Performance Test enhances study with new feeder technologyNew Mexico State University NewsCenterWhen the animal places its head into the feeder, a white electronic identification tag in its ear is read and information is sent to the computer via radio frequency. The system recognizes...
Read more...
Ogemaw County HeraldOscoda County beef herd confirmed TB positiveOgemaw County Herald... the USDA, and testing is required before movement in the designated TB portions of the Northeastern Lower Peninsula, of which Oscoda County is a part of. All cattle in Michigan also must have electronic identification ear tags before they...
Read more...

Contact Cattle Identification


Mountain View CA 94041 U.S.A.