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How Could I Track Cattle in a Remote Area?

Posted By RFID Journal, 09.26.2017

Would RFID work for this particular application? And would it be sufficient for a very large field?




RFID is a relatively short-range technology. When it is used for animal tracking, readers are typically set up at the gates through which animals pass. This allows users to know, for instance, that a given cow was in a particular field at a specific time, and not in a barn. RFID cannot tell you where an animal is in a very large field, however, as it does not have that kind of read range. I would suggest utilizing a low-cost GPS device, and that you check out Iota.

—Mark Roberti, Founder and Editor, RFID Journal


Shawn Christopherson 2017-09-28 11:58:59 AM
One way to expand the ability to read tags from pinch points is to use drones to check the fields on a schedule. The drones are available with the ability to read UHF Passive RFID and Bluetooth Low Energy as well.There is also a company that makes UHF passive tags to go in the ear tags that are used in many countries. My company, www.abr.com, works with SmartX Technology who has drone solutions and a division that specifically does RFID solutions for cattle tracking.
Michal Yanuv Max 2017-10-01 09:18:29 AM
Adding to the above and based on our years of experience in the cattle industry (Breeding farms,Feedlots as well as Dairies) , it all depends how and what you want to achieve. If its only tracking and role calling, you could use UHF ear tags which can be read up to 9m,either with a powerfull handheld reader ,using a gate where the cattle pass through and be read automatically or place a reader in the feeding and drinking points that reads the Tags/animals. Our UHF ear tags solution for cattle and sheep (www.tadbik.com) have been design specifically for that and are used worldwide today

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