Robot Animals: Using RFID Tags in Livestock and Pets

The cows are taking over the world!
Well, not quite.
Since around 2006, veterinarians have implanted animals with Low Frequency (LF) RFID technology to store animal profiles.
The LF RFID technology for livestock most commonly uses 134 kHz spectrum, and are commonly attached to ears of livestock (cows, sheep, horses, pigs).
For pets, 134 kHz and 125 kHz are most commonly used, and tiny glass encased tags are typically injected with a syringe into the pet with no sustained discomfort.
Veterinarians, farmers, and scientist use the RFID tags to reference information about the tagged animal.

So why should I use it? And how can I use it?

Why Use RFID in Animals?

Let’s face it, most cows look the same.
When doing things like check-ups and vaccinations, it is important that all livestock receive the treatment they need.
Tagging livestock allows you to keep track of those that have received vaccines and also helps monitor changes in weight and height.

Livestock are not the only animals to get the technology.
Pets from dogs to frogs to snakes can get these implants, as well.

Depending on the animal, the chip placement will differ.

Benefits received from using these small chips can sometimes be the difference between life and death.

The idChamp® DX1

The idChamp® DX1 is a Durable Low-Frequency Handheld Bluetooth Smart enabled RFID Reader.
It is capable of reading animal ear tags and injectable microchip tags at 134.2 kHz.
Using the idChamp® DX1 with Cloud-in-Hand® Mobile Grid allows users to scan and write RFID data.
The DX1 has the capability of reading and writing common livestock tags, as well as RFID tags used for pets.
The efficiency that the idChamp® DX1 can bring you is unmatched.

Check out this video to see it in action:

If you need more information about the idChamp® DX1 for business use, contact a Solution Specialist today!