RFID Cattle Back Tag Traceability

Focus Area: Risk Prevention & Risk Response

Project Title: Ultra High Frequency (UHF) Radio Frequency Identification Device (RFID) Cattle Back Tags, Enhancing the Traceability and Inventory Management of Cattle

Status: In progress

Overview: Animal disease traceability is important to ensuring a rapid response when animal disease events take place; a reliable traceability system reduces the number of animals and the response time involved in a disease investigation, and thus reduces the economic impact on owners and affected communities. For the cattle industry, visual-only tags do not meet the traceability requirements of APHIS’ Animal Disease and Traceability program. In response, this project aims to facilitate more rapid traceability of cattle in an animal disease event as they move through multiple premises along the cattle production value chain. UHF RFID tags are being piloted at markets in Bryan, Navasota, Buffalo, and San Saba, and in slaughterhouses and feedlots across the state of Texas. This pilot study will determine 1) the effectiveness of the technology for traceability and 2) the impact on business operations, including cattle inventory management, management costs, and attitudes toward adoption. Outcomes from this study will be used to support the implementation of RFID technology as the official identification method for cattle to achieve effective and efficient disease traceability.

Project Duration: 1 Year

IIAD Project Team: Jessica Cargill, Justin Buenger, Sarah Manning

Outcomes, Solutions, & Impact: TBD