Presentation on theme: "Using RFID in the Marketing of WV Feeder Cattle Ronnie Helmondollar WVU Extension Service."— Presentation transcript:
Using RFID in the Marketing of WV Feeder Cattle Ronnie Helmondollar WVU Extension Service
WV Marketing history Small part-time farmers Commingled calf sales started in 1932 USDA implements Grades for Feeder Cattle in 1979 Marketing Pools Pre-vac Weaning programs RFID (Radio Frequency Identification)
WHY RFID? NAIS Value added There had to be an easier way!! Can we do it?
Weighing Process Jackson Co Sex#hd Time (hours)#hd/hr Steers6677.1892.8 Heifers4595.2886.8
Weighing Process Barbour Co Sex#hd Time (hours)#hd/hr Steers3414.1582.2 Heifers1812.4673.6
Load Processing Jackson Co Sex# loads Time (hours) Steers82.85 Heifers61.37
Load Processing Barbour Co Sex# loads Time (hours) Steers41.08 Heifers20.3
Observations The ability to electronically read and edit animal identification at receipt greatly improved the weighing process. Tag retention was not a problem. Only six RFID tags needed to be replaced.
Observations RFID technology eliminated misread tags and reduced worker effort to read dirty tags in a moving animal. The time required to weigh and process calves at take-up was reduced of the previous year.
2006 6500 claves will marketed utilizing this system