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One-stop cattle tag shopping

One-stop cattle tag shopping

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Canadian Cattle Identification Agency is reminding producers its tag store offers “competitive prices and all approved tag brands and breed-specific beef tags… and ordering directly allows CCIA to increase data integrity and traceability information chains.”  However, the agency’s database (the Canadian Livestock Tracking System) and its tag webstore are run independently, and so an […] Read more

Australia is the world leader in remote management of cattle. In this clip from a Digital Homestead video (available at www.digitalhomestead.org), cattle are about to walk over weighing scales to get to water. The solar-powered scales will recognize each animal by its collar and wirelessly upload its weight.

PRECISION RANCHING: Manage your cattle from your easy chair

New research points to a future in cattle production where 
most decisions will be made at the touch of a button

Reading Time: 5 minutes Imagine being able to manage your grazing cattle at the touch of a button and constructing ‘digital fences’ as you move them from pasture to pasture. Or using drones to track your cattle while at the same time discovering the most nutrient-rich forage on your land. These are just a couple of examples of current […] Read more


SAIT researcher Glen Kathler applies an RFID-enabled ear tag at 
CL Ranches west of Calgary.

High-frequency tags: Easier data reading, happier cattle

Next generation of RFID readers can read cattle tags without having to use a squeeze chute

Reading Time: 2 minutes Using radio frequency identification (RFID) technology to track and collect information on cattle is fast becoming standard practice. However, the process can be painfully slow and inefficient. But researchers may have found a way to change that. A three-year project conducted by SAIT’s Glen Kathler tested the ability of ultra-high-frequency RFID tag readers to process […] Read more