Implementation Protocol Utilising Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and Biometric Identifiers; In the Context of Irish Bovine Traceability
- [Place of publication not identified] : INTECH Open Access Publisher, 2010.
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- While there are advantages to employing a traceability system based on RFID tags utilising the EPCglobal Network for the exchange of information, there are some considerations that have to be taken into account. Currently the average herd size in Ireland is 55 head, however 41 % of herds have less than 25 head of cattle (DAFF, 2008); and it may not be practical for herd keepers of this magnitude to implement RFID systems. Taking economics of scale into account it may be more advantageous to start with the 24 % of herd keepers that have more that 75 head of cattle (DAFF, 2008), it could be safely assumed that herd keepers of this size already have some farm management software to aid production and would be more comfortable with technological advancements in farming practices. Once a herd is fitted with electronic eartags there are other values that can be obtained from the system; such as automatic feed distribution, individual milk yield recording and automatic live weight gain recording (Eradus and Jansen, 1999; Rossing, 1976). Under the current system in Ireland the cost of eartags for cattle (currently priced at 2.15 for a single eartag and 2.94 for pair of eartags as shown in Figure 2 (Eurotags, personal communication) is borne by the herd keeper. RFID enabled eartags are slightly more expensive - costing approximately 3 for a single tag (Eurotags, personal communication). A survey of.
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