It’s been a couple of years now since the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Dr Jan Wright, wrote her paper describing the fresh water nutrient challenges faced by in New Zealand (and it’s update).
The need for better mobility in on-farm technologies is not new. When I started working with livestock recording and farm management tools in the early 1990s, some of the sheep breeders showed me their Toshiba and Compaq “portable” computers which they lugged out to woolsheds for recording.
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.