A New Technique to Ease Collection of Cattle Electronic Identification Numbers

Award Information
Agency: Department of Agriculture
Branch: N/A
Contract: 2006-33610-16762
Agency Tracking Number: 2006-00155
Amount: $79,947.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
1414 South Sangre Road, Suite 207, Stillwater, OK, 74074
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 John Hassell
 (918) 606-0066
Business Contact
 John Hassell
Title: President
Phone: (918) 606-0066
Email: Hassell@ZigBeef.com
Research Institution
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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