Rezare Systems has been developing a system that can forecast the growth of pasture for any location in New Zealand. We deliver this as a wholesale service to a number of organisations, and it is currently available for both sheep and beef farmers and dairy farmers available as the Farmax Pasture Growth Forecaster.
Use of Livestock EID for Benchmarking Analysis
This is number three in a series of articles about practical application of EID (electronic, or radio-frequency identification of animals) in pastoral livestock farming. If you haven’t already, you may wish to read the first and second articles.
In my first post on this topic I explored some ways that people seek to apply electronic identification (EID or RFID tags) on pastoral farms. We looked at using EID to support bio-security and disease control, and for inventory management. Thanks to all those who shared that article with others.
Over the past 15 years a number of countries have adopted mandatory radio-frequency identification for livestock. In livestock circles this is known as “Electronic Identification” or EID, and it operates by giving each animal a machine-readable unique number – a modern take on the bar code.
The warmer weather is coming!
At least that’s what I keep telling myself, and this recent weekend that seemed to be true. After several days with chilling rain and hail, morning frosts brought fine, warm days.
The Waikato region of New Zealand, in the middle of winter, is frequently cold, wet, and foggy. No more so in 2014 than in some other years, but this year I had just returned from a visit to the northern hemisphere summer and days warmer than 30°C.