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1 Using RFID in the Marketing of WV Feeder Cattle Ronnie Helmondollar WVU Extension Service

2 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)

3 WHY RFID? NAIS Value added There had to be an easier way!! Can we do it?

4 Software Spreadsheet VS Database

5 Locations Barbour County Jackson County

6 Getting started

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12 Weighing Process Jackson Co Sex#hd Time (hours)#hd/hr Steers Heifers

13 Weighing Process Barbour Co Sex#hd Time (hours)#hd/hr Steers Heifers

14 Load Processing Jackson Co Sex# loads Time (hours) Steers82.85 Heifers61.37

15 Load Processing Barbour Co Sex# loads Time (hours) Steers41.08 Heifers20.3

16 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.

17 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.

18 claves will marketed utilizing this system

19 Questions ???


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