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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.

  • 868-300Use 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.
  • P1000047-300A 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 printerStick reader, PC, Printer, basic softwareHandheld reader (numeric keypad), PC, printer, and softwareHandheld reader, EID-enabled weigh head, weigh crate, PC, printer, and software
To produce a simple list of sheep numbers Ticked Ticked Ticked Ticked
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   Ticked Ticked Ticked
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     Ticked Ticked
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       Ticked
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

Within this material reference has been made to the following sources:

  • Electronic identification (EID) in sheep – Your technical guide (Defra)
  • A Guide to Electronic Identification (Shearwell Data Ltd)

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