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The Use of Microchipping in Cattle Production - Heather Robertson

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The Use of Microchipping in Cattle Production

Heather Robertson

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What is Microchip Implant?

  • It is an identifying integrated circuit placed under the skin of an animal. The chips are about the size of a lager grain of rice and are based on a passive RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology

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Where is it placed in the animal?

  • The microchip is placed anywhere on the animal right under the skin.

  • It is sealed in biocompatible glass covered by a sheath to prevent migration.

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How it is Implanted

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Other methods:

  • The most common method in cattle is the use of RFID ear tags.

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The different types of tags:

  • Passive Tag:

    • No internal power supply

    • Instead there is a small electric current is created in the antenna when an incoming signal reaches it

    • Provides enough power to briefly activate the tag usually just long enough to relay the ID number or product name.

    • Activated from a distance of ten millimeters to over 6 meters away.

    • Can be smaller then the other tags and thinner than paper.

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  • Active Tag:

    • Contain an internal power source

    • Allows for a longer read-range and for a bigger memory on the tag

    • Power source also makes it possible to store information sent by the transceiver

    • They are slightly bigger than a coin

    • Can be read from many meters away, and generally have a battery life of about ten years

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Different Brands and the Prices to use Microchips or RFID Tags

  • AllflexFDX EID Ear Tag – Cattle - 20/package

  • Price= $41.25

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  • Allflex USDA HDX EID Tag - 20/Bag

  • Price= $53.43

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  • DTR® 4 Universal Reader

  • Price=$1,035.00

  • Will read both FDX and

    HDX ID tags.

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  • Allflex Compact Reader

  • Price =$253.50

  • Just compatible to the Allflex


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  • SmartChip 15 Digit Microchip

  • Price=$12 each

  • Just Identification

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  • DestronBioThermLifeChip

  • Price= $20.00 each

  • Identification + Temperature

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  • Destron Universal Microchip Reader

  • Price=$449.00

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Uses of Microchips

  • To track lost or stolen cattle

  • To Help in different studies on cattle

  • Help detect when heifers or cows are in heat

  • Records the temperature of the cattle

  • It can help identify where a cattle are originally from to track different diseases or illegal antibiotics were use before going to the slaughter house.

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  • With the different brands of the microchips or the RFID tags there is a certain computer or device that has to read them. They do not all use the same program

  • The Microchips may move and the RFID tags could fall out of the cattle’s ear.

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Related Advantage

  • Can track all of your cattle

  • When sorting you can have more than one chip read at a time.

  • Can speed up checking in or out cattle at a feedyard or sale barn

  • You will be able to better manage your heard

  • Have the satisfaction of knowing exactly when to AI the heifers and cows.

  • When buying different cattle you will be able to check and make sure they are not bring any unwanted dieses to your farm.

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Works Citied



  • Cowboy Journal








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Thank You!!!

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