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Rapid and Accurate Animal Identification
RFID Tags and the Canadian Cattle Identification System
The use of technologies such as Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags enables rapid and accurate animal identification. Unlike older bar code systems, the tag does not require “line of sight” reading to facilitate scanning. Use of passive RFID technology enables the tag to store the identification data without the need for batteries, ensuring the information is available for the life of the animal. The CCIA standards for ear tag manufacturers are strictly enforced and require that they be engineered to prevent reuse or tampering.
All ear tags are encoded with a 21-digit identification number following the ISO 11784 Code Structure. When the tag is exposed to a 134 kHz magnetic field from the RFID reader, the transponder is energized and transmits the encoded animal identification information.
Approximately 75% of U.S. retail and food service meat professionals surveyed said they would prefer to purchase beef produced from cattle with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) ear tags, which can be used to identify their herd of origin.*
* Survey of 201 U.S. retail and food service meat professionals commissioned to Techmonic Inc. in 2008.
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