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The Feeder Association Loan Guarantee Program can now accept cattle that haven’t been branded but are instead identified by their RFID tag.

Co-op’s pilot paves the way for identifying feeders with RFID tags

Feeders have another option to branding after pilot shows reading pages is ‘reliable and sustainable’

Reading Time: 2 minutes Feeder associations can now trace their livestock via RFID tags thanks to a pilot project conducted by the Picture Butte Feeder Co-operative. Provincial regulations were recently amended so radio frequency identification tags are now an approved method of identifying cattle in addition to branding. The change comes in the wake of a successful pilot project […] Read more

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Is there really any need to brand cattle anymore?

The reasons have largely disappeared

Reading Time: 4 minutes I hope everyone will seriously question if we need to brand — and if we do, how best to do it. I have heard several veterinarians and animal welfare scientists discuss if branding in its original form is even needed today. Lots has changed from the days of the wide-open range where cattle were mixed […] Read more

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

Pen checkers use their experience and instinct to spot cattle that may be ill, but fitness activity monitors may one day aid them in that task.

Will the cows of tomorrow all be wearing fitness trackers?

Devices that measure activity levels can be used to tell if cattle are 
feeling poorly — but there are still some kinks to be worked out

Reading Time: 2 minutes Fitness trackers are all the rage among people these days — but they could catch on with cows, too. But the idea isn’t to start counting cow steps or to up bovine fitness levels. Rather, the goal is to use fitness monitors as a way to detect illness in beef cattle early on. Cattle producers […] Read more