A New Technique to Ease Collection of Cattle Electronic Identification Numbers

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$79,947.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
2006-33610-16762
Agency Tracking Number:
2006-00155
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
ZigBeef LLC
1414 South Sangre Road, Suite 207, Stillwater, OK, 74074
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
John Hassell
President
(918) 606-0066
hassell@zigbeef.com
Business Contact:
John Hassell
President
(918) 606-0066
Hassell@ZigBeef.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
The short read range of current cattle electronic identification ear tags threatens to hinder the widespread adoption and utility of the USDA-developed National Animal Identification System (NAIS). Tag readers that require placement within inches of an animal's ear in order to read the NAIS number introduce obstacles at various points in the beef production cycle. This project will determine if beef producers and marketers can obtain NAIS numbers using wireless sensor network ear tags from a rapidly moving herd with greater surety than when using the slower, single-file, short read range identification devices.

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