Animal identification, a worldwide market, grows about 30% every year. RFID technology today identifies several hundred million animals, such as pigs, sheep, goats, cows, deer, horses, fish and pigeons.
Application Benefits of RFID Livestock Management
- Provides proof of origin
- Verifies age and supports disease control
- Automates handling at farm and auction house
- Provides theft protection
- Supports storage and updating of vaccination and movement data
RFID Features Beneficial to Application
- Permanent identification
- No line-of-sight requirement
- Simultaneous multiple identification
- Robust and suitable for harsh environments
- Compliance with government mandates
RFID provides benefits over barcodes, such as not requiring a line-of-sight between the tag and reader, and the ability to read RFID tags at a distance. Thanks to the anti-collision technology, RFID readers can identify several animals simultaneously by reading their tags. The technology improves automation and logistics, as well as reduces labor costs. Through improved traceability, RFID livestock management also increases consumer protection from animal-borne diseases.
RFID enhances theft protection by giving each animal a unique, encrypted identification. Meat industry stakeholders can improve disease control by storing and updating vaccination and movement data directly into each animal’s chip, or by correlating the identification number with this information in the backend system. Such traceability ensures consumers healthy and tasty meat, with clear proof of origin.
The ability to track livestock and their movements allows governments to trace what occurs in the supply chain, and to tax each player appropriately. In the case of disease outbreaks, the technology makes it possible to identify which flocks have been affected, which helps to avoid unnecessary waste.
Farmers across a leading beef exporting nation in the Americas use products made with NXP’s HITAG technology to comply with governmental mandates for electronic identification of cattle.
Several suppliers of animal identification devices in UK and Germany use HITAG-based devices for a new sheep and goat tagging mandate in the EU.
In Germany, a pig-breeding farm enjoys a direct ROI through reduced failure rates and reduced labor costs, thanks to HITAG-powered tags.
A government agency in a leading Asian nation uses the latest, fourth generation HITAG technology to tag pigs, thereby increasing consumer protection from animal-borne diseases. These RFID tags also improve breeding logistics and farm automation.
A sports association in Asia uses the proprietary security features of HITAG chips for time-keeping and fraud prevention in pigeon racing. This electronic method increases accuracy and convenience, ensuring smooth and fair competitions in this ancient, but re-emerging sport.
NXP’s Product Portfolio—the Perfect Fit for Animal Identification
HITAG, a well-established brand and mature technology in the low-frequency (LF) RFID market, is the technology of choice when it comes to harsh environment applications that require highly reliable, robust and safe data transmission.
UCODE passive UHF transponder ICs offer high anti-collision rates and long operating distances—ideal for supply chain management and logistics applications requiring high speed, long-range operation.