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The Use of Microchipping in Cattle Production. Heather Robertson. What is Microchip Implant?.

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what is microchip implant
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
where is it placed in the animal
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.
other methods
Other methods:
  • The most common method in cattle is the use of RFID ear tags.
the different types of tags
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.

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
different brands and the prices to use microchips or rfid tags
Different Brands and the Prices to use Microchips or RFID Tags
  • AllflexFDX EID Ear Tag – Cattle - 20/package
  • Price= $41.25
  • 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.

  • Allflex Compact Reader
  • Price =$253.50
  • Just compatible to the Allflex


  • SmartChip 15 Digit Microchip
  • Price=$12 each
  • Just Identification
  • DestronBioThermLifeChip
  • Price= $20.00 each
  • Identification + Temperature
  • Destron Universal Microchip Reader
  • Price=$449.00
uses of microchips
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.
  • 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.
related advantage
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.
works citied
Works Citied
  • Cowboy Journal
thank you
Thank You!!!

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