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Using ultra-high-frequency RFID tags and antennas at feed bunks and waterers, HerdWhistle monitors cattle for behavioural changes that could be an early sign of illness.

Algorithms getting ready to saddle up at feedlots

Calgary tech company says its system can track every cow in a pen and know how it’s doing

Reading Time: 4 minutes Checking each pen for a sick animal at a feedlot is like the world’s worst game of Where’s Waldo — oftentimes the cattle mostly look the same and if you’re not quick enough to spot the sick one, the consequences could cost you that animal. But a new ultra-high-frequency RFID monitoring system is taking the […] Read more

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


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

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Second version of beef database launched

Wonky first version has been scrapped and creators of BIXS 2.0 
say the new edition of the database is vastly improved

Reading Time: 3 minutes BIXS 2.0 has been launched and is vastly superior to its ill-fated predecessor, says the national co-ordinator with the Beef Info Xchange System. “We had to make BIXS more user friendly,” said Larry Thomas. “It had to be compact, fast and on a different platform, and the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association needed to own it outright.” […] Read more


Bison producers need to make the switch to RFID tags as of April 1

Reading Time: < 1 minute Bison that are still sporting dangle tags as of April 1 will need to be retagged with radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags before being moved. “Traceability is always a concern for the livestock industry, so effective April 1, the RFID tag is the only legal tag for bison,” said Terry Kremeniuk, executive director of the Canadian Bison Association. […] Read more