Using EID equipment
Where and how your equipment is used can affect the quality of the reads that you get. Planning and preparation can save considerable time.
- Use good quality tags and boluses to aid visual and electronic reading.
- Carefully look at the design of EID devices (e.g. style, size, weight, pin length) in relation to the breed and age of your sheep and feeding, housing and fencing arrangements.
- Follow good tagging/bolusing techniques. Use the correct applicators, according to manufacturer’s instructions, to ensure retention and avoid welfare problems.
- When not in use, store your reading equipment at ambient temperatures.
- Avoid using a stick and panel reader close together as they could interfere with one another.
- ‘Industrial noise’ can affect a reader, this includes electrical motors (particularly variable speed motors), running engines and fluorescent lights.
- A static/panel reader can also pick up readings from extraneous sources (such as surplus devices, car key fobs and micro-chipped dogs).
- Charge batteries sufficiently for the work planned or keep a fully charged spare.
- Ensure the correct data is collected and it is relevant to your management objectives.
- Set aside sufficient time for analysing the information and producing results.
|What do you want to use EID recording for?||Examples of your equipment options|
|Stick reader and simple printer||Stick reader, PC, Printer, basic software||Handheld reader (numeric keypad), PC, printer, and software||Handheld reader, EID-enabled weigh head, weigh crate, PC, printer, and software|
|To produce a simple list of sheep numbers|
|To produce a simple list of sheep numbers, read sheep IDs and assign management information to groups of animals e.g. movement or veterinary treatment|
|To produce a simple list of sheep numbers, read sheep IDs and assign management information to groups of animals as well as inputting individual animal data, maintaining flock records, producing management reports|
|All of the tasks above as well as automated data capture, generating comprehensive flock management reports, transferring data from the office out to the field|
|Approximate costs*||£700 - £1,200||£1,000 - £1,300||£1,200 - £1,400||£5,000 - £6,000|
|*This assumes that you already have access to a PC and printer|