October 20, 2009

Syscan-ID Livetrack RFID Wand Reader





Syscan-ID Livetrack RFID Wand Reader


Used by cattlemen to read RFID cattle ear tags. These tags are usually HDX or FDX-B ear tags, from Allflex, Destron, Y-Tex and so on.

imageThe Livetrack reader with Bluetooth has a communication range of over 300 feet to a laptop, PC, Scale head, or printer.

The Livetrack RFID Wand reader easily interfaces with all popular cattle management software's such as Cattlemax,  and Ranch Manager, just to name a few.

We also carry “RFID Wand Reader Kits”, ready to use solutions. Rugged, reliable and ready when you are.

Livetrack-Cattemax, and Livetrack-Ranch Manager.

Kits come in a hard carry case, preset to be used with the software. Cattlemax or Ranch Manager software is also included.

The reader is also compatible with most weight scale indicators, such as Reliable Scales, Tru-test, Gallagher, and many others.

Livetrack V3 Firmware Loader
One of the unique features of the Livetrack reader, is it’s firmware update software.

Very easy to use interface, to update the reader with the current firmware.

Livetrack RFID reader: “Print function”
The Livetrack reader, has another unique feature, called the “Print Function” in the menu of the reader.

With the reader connected to the Livetrack mobile printer, it can print the template as seen on the left. The print out prints the tag EID’s along with date and time stamp, and convenient space to write additional info such as site #, and a signature as a hard copy.

We also carry this as a kit, called the Livetrack LPK, which includes, Livetrack reader (Bluetooth), rugged mobile 3” printer (Bluetooth) and hard carry case.

We can also create custom “Ready to Use” RFID kits, please contact us for more details. www.animalidsystems.com

© Copyright 2009, Animal ID Systems


October 16, 2009

Animal ID Systems Store is now Online

Fall is finally upon us once again. We would like to wish all our friends the best of luck this season.

Animal ID Systems store is now online. you may visit our site www.animalidsystems.com .

IMG_2631We stock all major items related to Animal Identification. From RFID wand readers, to cattle management software, and all the import accessories for a successful set up.

We also stock hardware accessories such as Serial to USB converters, Bluetooth USB adapters and much more.

We are currently stocking ready to go kits. Which consist of RFID Wand reader, cattle management software and hard carry case. Everything needed to start Cattle EID right out of the box. You can view the kits here.

Over the next few weeks, we will make some information posts and how to tips on our blog, so please check back often.

© Copyright 2009 Animal ID Systems


October 14, 2009

Issue 2: for Ohio farmers, Livestock, and You.

As a farmer and livestock producer from Johnstown, I need to explain why Issue 2 is so important to the Ohio farmers and to you, the consumer.

Ohio's farmers are like all Ohioans we rely on safe, affordable food sources to provide for our families. We are committed to the best care for our herds. Issue 2 is Ohio's plan to maintain excellent care for Ohio's livestock industry while maintaining a safe, affordable food supply that is locally grown.


The reasonable, common sense approach is to establish a Livestock Care Standards Board that will bring expertise to set animal care policy, which is something we can all support. The board will be made up of veterinarians, a food safety expert, a local humane society representative, three family farmers, two members from statewide farm organizations, the dean of an Ohio agriculture college and two members representing Ohio consumers. These members will be appointed by the governor, House and Senate.

These folks will use their best knowledge in making decisions affecting animal agriculture. They would be extremely more qualified to make these decisions than the alternative.

Issue 2 is far better than extreme measures offered by Washington-based advocates for veganism and who seek extreme, costly anti-farming regulations that will burden the production of meat, milk and eggs until these products are no longer affordable to Ohioans. Unwise regulation will drive agriculture from Ohio, putting thousands of farmers out of business, reducing our food supply, increasing food costs to you the consumer and forcing reliance on unsafe, imported foods.

Issue 2 will assure a balanced approach to livestock care, rather than input from an out-of-state interest group that knows nothing about agriculture in Ohio. These activists would impose rigid, inflexible and impractical rules for how livestock and poultry are housed. It would endanger the overall health and well-being of Ohio's flocks and herds.

Just a few of many endorsements for "yes" on Issue 2: Ohio Restaurant Association, Ohio Grocers Association, Ohio Chamber of Commerce, Ohio Farm Bureau, Ohio Association of Second Harvest Food banks, Ohio Veterinary Association, Ohio Association of Realtors, American Humane Association, along with the associations of Pork, Corn, Dairy, Poultry, Fish, Wheat, Horse, Lamb, Cattle, and Soybean. Governor Ted Strickland, George Voinovich, Pat Tiberi and Jay Hottinger have also endorsed this issue.

Go to www.OhioLivestockCare.com and see the facts.

Please join me in insuring safe, affordable food and vote "yes" for Issue 2 to create the Ohio Livestock Care Standards Board. Without farmers, where will food come from?

Source: Newark advocate

Kathy Heimerl


October 11, 2009

Japan puts temporary ban on Beef imports from US meat packer Tyson

Japan’s agriculture minister issued a temporary Beef import ban on US meat packer Tyson on Saturday. The import ban was issued immediately after Japanese inspectors discovered bovine spinal columns in one of the boxes shipped from Tyson Fresh Meats Inc

At the moment the temporary ban is only for

Tyson's factory in Lexington, Nebraska, one of 46 meatpacking plants approved to export beef to Japan.

The other Tyson meat packing plants can still send packed beef as usual. This is not the first time the Lexington plant had been banned from Japan. There was a four month ban in 2007 when Japan imported and inspected meat that did not meet Japan’s safety standards.

Japan's new ruling has proposed a tough response to any violation to a bilateral safety agreement, including a blanket ban on US beef shipments.

Under the bilateral trade agreement, US exporters must remove spinal columns, brain tissue and other parts considered linked to mad cow disease. US beef shipments to Japan must also come only from cattle age 20 months or younger, which are believed to pose less of a risk.

US officials have urged Japan to allow imports of beef from cattle aged at least up to 30 months, a widely used safety standard elsewhere, and possibly scrap age restrictions.

Japan banned all US beef imports in 2003 after the first case of mad cow disease was discovered in the United States. Japan resumed importing American beef in 2006 after the bilateral trade agreement setting new safety standards.

© 2009 Copyright Animal ID Systems


October 8, 2009

Man applies cattle ear tag to his ear.

This is a reminder to everyone, this is not the correct procedure to apply ear tags. Please do not try this at home.

Maybe next time he could apply an RFID tag, this way he could demonstrate to the cows, the correct way to run through the alley to the chute. Cheers Mate!


October 6, 2009

The fight against Cattle Deaths in Africa

A private charity has renewed the fight against cattle deaths with the introduction of a new distribution channel for vaccine in the Kenyan market.

Commercialization of the vaccine is targeted at combating East Coast Fever, a livestock disease that kills millions of animals every year.

“We are exploring ways of transferring the production and distribution of the vaccine to the private sector through local manufacturers and distributors. This is extremely important in making the vaccine affordable, accessible and sustainable,” said Steve Sloan, the CEO of GALVmed, a Britain-based group.

The group plans to work with governments, veterinary products distributors and those from the private sector to avail the vaccine to farmers in East African countries and to scale up its production.

“This pioneering registration effort aims to ensure that the vaccine is approved and monitored by affected nations and enables local firms to sell and distribute it, embedding its sustainability. Registration in Malawi is already complete, with significant progress in Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda,” said the CEO’s firm that makes livestock vaccines, diagnostics and affordable medicines for the poor.

The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) and the UK Department for International Development are other partners in the project.

Veterinary scientist Henry Kiara, who has conducted research on the vaccine for 20 years, said ILRI was commercializing the production, distribution and delivery of the vaccine and would make it available to livestock keepers.

East Coast Fever is a cancer-like cattle disease that often kills animals within three weeks of infection. It is transmitted by the brown ear tick.

The vaccines have previously been distributed mainly through government-led initiatives, which are limited in funding.

The commercialization will also give small-scale livestock farmers the power to control the health of their animals.

The disease kills one cow in every 30 seconds in Africa.

Source: Business Daily Africa Read rest of the article here.


October 2, 2009

Equine lameness, Causes and cures











An athlete’s body is trained to handle an amazing amount of work and stress.  From runners to swimmers, all athletes train to handle the specific stress their sport requires.  Unfortunately, it is still not uncommon for these athletes to injure themselves performing the very actions they trained for.  This is also true of a horse’s body. 


Many horses are trained athletes that are bred and conditioned for a specific sport such as racing, jumping, western performance or dressage.  While these sports are relatively safe, just like a human athlete, there is always a possibility of injury and in most cases with horses the injury tends to be lameness.  Lameness is an abnormality of gait that is caused by pain or restriction of movement.

“Most of the injuries we see are muscular/skeletal lamenesses,” states Dr. Kent Carter, professor of equine lameness and chief o f medicine at the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Large Animal Hospital. “The lameness can be a result of things such as chipped bones, bowed tendons and other soft tissue injuries.

The type of lameness is generally dependent on the horse’s use.  For example, race horses tend to present injuries such as bowed tendons or bone chips in joints.  Jumpers on the other hand tend to have more soft tissue injuries.

“Probably the greatest number of cases we see are soft tissue injuries in the foot and lower limb,” notes Carter. “Foot lamenesses can be caused by traumatic injuries or as a result of a  degenerative process.

Of course, your horse doesn’t have to be an elite athlete to suffer an injury.  Some can happen as the result of accidents, such as stepping in a hole or on a rock during a trail ride and twisting an ankle.  Horses can even injure themselves while bucking and playing in a pasture.

“You should be as aware as possible of the terrain on which you are riding and make sure that your horse has the proper conditioning for the activity you are having it perform,” urges Carter. “With that said, even with the best care an animal can always injure itself.

As a horse owner, it is fairly easy to recognize if your horse is lame as most likely there will be some limping.  If the injury is further up in the leg it is also possible to see swelling of the leg.

“If you notice that your horse is limping or its leg is swollen the first thing you want to do is stop exercising them.  If you are knowledgeable you can also apply a pressure wrap around the leg,” advises Carter. “If it is not getting better or if the limp is severe you should take them to their veterinarian as soon as possible.

Depending on the type, severity and location of the injury there are many types of treatment that a veterinarian can perform. 

“We prefer to start with rest and support wraps, but when the injury is more severe we can do anything from pain killers and injections of anti-inflammatory drugs to surgery,” states Carter.

Of course you can’t treat a problem until you can diagnose what the problem is and some lamenesses don’t present at all or not fully until a rider is on the horse.

“The Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine recently added a state of the art lameness arena to our facility,” notes Carter. “The surface of this arena helps us to better diagnose specific lamenesses by putting a rider on a horse and having them ride.

Once the problem is identified and the veterinarian performs the treatment regimen there is always a chance that the horse will either not heal completely or will require additional rehabilitation.

“While I would say that for the most part we can at least benefit most horses with lameness, we can’t heal everyone,” says Carter. “We can, however, improve the outcome in the majority of cases.

Most horses with lameness problems will probably have to have some form of rehabilitation.  While most rehab is done at home by owners, in more severe cases the horses can be sent to  rehabilitation centers.

“Rehab centers will have specialized equipment to deal with more difficult cases,” explains Carter. “This can be anything from 24/7 monitoring to water treadmills.

With all the options for the treatment of lameness, the cost of these procedures can range from relatively inexpensive to thousands of dollars.

“It’s highly dependent on what we do. We can give a simple injection of anti-inflammatory for less than $100 while some surgeries can cost over $4,000,” states Carter.

In order to avoid expensive procedures and painful injuries the best prevention is to be aware of your horse’s surroundings and try your best to keep them in good physical condition for their activities.  Of course when injuries do occur, it’s important know how to spot them and what to do in order to keep your four legged athlete in tip top shape.

Source: The Cherokeean


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