Using EID Readers with a PDA
CowCalf5 is fully compatible with EID's and the NAIS (National
Animal Identification System). Using serial connected EID readers
or Bluetooth wireless EID readers, users can scan an EID tag,
and have the program automatically display that animals record.
CowCalf5 uses EID's as a secondary identification method. Users
using EID's will still need the visable dangle tag for many management
issues. But if a user has their animals tagged with EID's, the
accuracy for data collection and speed are greatly enhanced.
The following is a how you can use a Bluetooth Reader with a
bluetooth enabled PDA.
- Once you have your CowCalf5 records loaded onto a PDA, simply
start the CowCalf software on the PDA.
- You must connect the PDA to the reader. Choose the EID menu
from the main menu of the PDA CowCalf software. Click the appropriate
EID reader (the PDA software supports more than a half dozen
different EID readers)
- Once connected to the EID reader, simply go to the area you
want to collect data (Calving, Breeding, Preg Check, and Weaning).
- If the animals already have an EID tag entered into their
record, then all that is needed is to scan that EID tag, and
the PDA will automatically display that animals record.
- If you are putting in the EID tags for the first time, then
find the animal by using the animals visual tag. Once the record
is displayed, simply scan the EID tag, and the EID number will
automatically be placed on that animals record.
Using EID's in conjunction with PDA's removes the user error
of either miss reading visual tags, or transposing those numbers
when entering or searching for them on the PDA.
Note: Even older palms with slower processors will find an animal
via EID in less than a couple seconds, even if there are more
than 1000 records on the palm.