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Tags for imported U.S. feeder cattle

Reading Time: < 1 minute On April 1, all feeder cattle imported from the U.S. will be required to be identified with the National Animal Identification System (NAIS) compliant 840 radio frequency ear tags — matching the rule for breeding cattle implemented a year ago. The 840 tag is an electronic ear tag of either half-duplex or full-duplex frequency. It […] Read more

Allflex buys RFID reader maker Agrident

One of the world’s biggest livestock identification firms has expanded its share of the radio frequency ID (RFID) tag reader market with a deal to buy German manufacturer Agrident. Allflex, whose parent firm the Allflex Group rebranded in February under the name Antelliq, announced Aug. 21 it has bought Agrident for an undisclosed sum. Agrident, […] Read more


Rodney and Tanya Hollman want to give their dog Marleigh the freedom 
to roam but still keep her on their farm property.

Rover will wander no more thanks to GPS technology

Reading Time: 3 minutes Keeping a dog within the confines of your own farm isn’t always easy — but technology is changing that. Rodney and Tanya Hollman, who raise purebred Gelbvieh cattle near Innisfail, recently put an “invisible fence” around their property to keep their nine-month-old Kangal-cross dog Marleigh from wandering. The couple chose the Invisible Fence Brand from […] Read more

Bob Davies, project leader and quality manager with the SAIT Applied Research and Innovation Services department, at work in the school’s newly certified RFID test lab.

Alberta now home to world-class RFID tag testing lab

Lots can go wrong with plastic ear tags when it’s really cold and the new 
SAIT lab will help reduce the incidence of tag failure


Reading Time: 3 minutes Alberta is now home to an internationally certified laboratory for testing the radio frequency identification (RFID) tags used to track livestock across the value chain. The lab, located at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology’s (SAIT) Applied Research and Innovation Services (ARIS) department in Calgary, is one of only three certified animal RFID testing labs […] Read more


Changes come to traceability database

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Canadian Cattle Identification Agency has enhanced the Canadian Livestock Tracking System database. The agency has enabled system users to submit an Import event for any foreign country tag ID numbers. The supported format is 15 digits in length, starting with the country code. Since current regulations only permit the farm of origin to age […] Read more