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Electronic ID

Electronic Identification (EID, also known as Radio Frequency Identification or RFID), with its ability to identify and trace individual animals, has become increasingly important as traceability schemes are implemented worldwide to manage food safety and biosecurity risks.


When teamed with a weighing system this technology also has the potential to improve farm management decisions by leaps and bounds.


Take a look at the introductory article, EID Putting Farmers Ahead of the Game, to understand what EID is and how it works and browse the related news pieces to see how farming operations are benefiting from putting EID into their system.​

EID Putting Farmers Ahead of the Game

From basic compliance through to extensive and detailed stock understanding at an individual animal level, EID has the potential to extract more profit from any farming operation.

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Weighing & EID solution guides better cattle buying

Buying and selling up to 1000 store cattle every year has led the Thompson's to place increasing focus on the breeds that perform better. Combining weighing with electronic identification has removed the guesswork and enabled accurate yield calculations. 


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Learn more about Compliance

An introduction to national traceability schemes and how leading farmers are gaining more profits vs just being compliant.

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Combining Weighing with EID to maximise farm profitability

A combined weighing and electronic identification (EID) system is the absolute best option for farmers looking to manage their livestock performance more profitably.

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HR5 scanning electronic ID tag on cattle



45TSi used to save signficant time and improve accuracy dramatically on 3,000 acre Wagyu-Angus cross operation.
47Being able to weigh 500 cattle in three hours is a major advantage of the TSi Livestock Manager for Phil Redding.
89Third-generation sheep producer Kevin Mitchell loves farming, and “plans to keep going as long as possible”. “There are a lot of sheep producers in their late 60s and older, like me. Some might say it’s getting far too old to be doing these sort of things, but we like doing it and we’ll do it for as long as we can. So you need really good equipment to make it easy and efficient.”
91Millhouse Pastoral’s Frank Pereira says like most farmers, he and wife Suzanne Wilson guesstimated stock weights. But now purely supplying the exacting Asian market, precision is key for the high-end, export operation at Romsey in Victoria’s rolling Macedon Ranges.
92Making crutching easier was what initially sent Anthony Hurst looking for sheep-handling equipment. After looking around, the third-generation farmer decided he wanted equipment “that did everything” — from making crutching easier to electronic identification (EID), and automating drafting and weighing.
79The Process of using Electronic Identification to Identify Commercially Productive Sheep
83For “quite a few years”, midwife Isobel Oliver mentioned to her husband Geoff how easy it was to weigh babies on electronic scales.
84Wanting to get more out of his sheep encouraged James Evans to join an electronic identification (EID) workshop group, being specifically run in Western Australia.
20Electric fencing, weighing and EID and water supply play critical roles in high performing cattle farms.
23Whether farming for venison, velvet or stud breeding, permanent and portable electric fencing systems have a significant positive impact on supporting feed management programmes.