CowCalf & Electronic ID
The NAIS (National Animal Identification System's)
goals are to prevent outbreaks of disease in livestock through
tracing individual and group lots of animals. Each animal must
be uniquely tagged with an EID (electronic ID tag) and a record
kept of what locations (premises) that animal has been in the
past. The NAIS will provide 48 hour trace backs on any infected
animal through Premise Identification, Animal Identification,
and Animal tracking,. The program is still being developed by
the USDA and state organizations, CowCalf5 will attempt to integrate
with all the systems that are developed.
Some basic info on how CowCalf5 integrates
with EID's and NAIS.
Is CowCalf5 compatible with the National
The NAIS final design and implementation has not yet been finalized.
However, CowCalf5 has has the features that comply with current
requirements. If additional features are required, CowCalf5
will add the needed functions to remain in compliance with the
requirements of the NAIS.
What is CowCalf5's role in the National
The NAIS is encouraging ranchers to keep better records of where
each head of cattle has been. CowCalf5 software allows cattle
producers to keep electronic records of where each head has
been, along with more detailed record keeping to help with the
management and marketing of the herd. CowCalf5 provides the
record keeping abilities required to maintain compliance with
the NAIS while also helping producers use extra information
to increase their bottom line.
How does CowCalf5 currently upload data
to the NAIS database?
The formal National ID System's database(s) have not been released.
However, CowCalf5 has the abilities to export (send) or import
(receive) files in a text (Tab Delimited format). This is the
most common file format for transferring data between applications.
As the final decisions are made with the NAIS, CowCalf5 will
add additional processes to ensure compatibility with the NAIS.
How does CowCalf5 work with the NAIS?
A few features that have been added to the CowCalf5 software
to maintain compliance are:
Electronic Identification (EID)- a unique identification
tag that can be scanned with an electronic ID scanner to record
the number. CowCalf5 provides areas and compatibility with ID
scanners to ease the input time and work. All animals have the
ability to have secondary (EID) tags associated with their record.
Animals can be searched on any of the various ID fields within
Visual Identification (VID)- CowCalf5 includes a primary and
additional ID fields that can store Visual ids like Visual Tag,
Tattoos, Bangs (metal) tags, and brands.
Date of Birth- The NAIS requires a date of birth on cattle to
verify age. CowCalf5 has an area for date of birth and also
maintains the current age of the animal.
Management Group/Pasture Location- NAIS requires that producers
know where an animal has been. CowCalf5 provides an area to
designate the group this animal is with, and what current pasture
that group is in.
How does CowCalf5 work with Electronic
CowCalf5 can record the EID number with the help of a scanner
or the number can be input manually. The records of the cattle
can also be found with the EID number. EID readers work very
well with PDA's for field data collection.
Which EID Scanner Manufacturers does CowCalf5
work with? CowCalf5 is compatible with:
Allflex - 1-800-989-TAGS
Digital Angel (Destron reader) - 1-800-328-0118
Temple Tag (Destron reader) - 1-800-433-3112
Y-Tex - 1-888-600-YTEX
IDology - 1-800-395-5585
More pricing info can be found at www.shopnebr.com
Which EID tags and EID Readers are compatible
Most RFID tags and Readers are ISO compatible, meaning that
they are not brand specific to the tag and reader. Nearly all
ISO Readers will read any manufactures EID tags. Most Reader
companies fine tune their readers to read their own tags better
than competitors tags. Contact the specific companies with any