Movements in Sheep Identification

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Earlier this year, DEFRA (the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) published a notice of a regulation change which will affect sheep herdsmen starting January 1, 2010.

Earlier this year, DEFRA (the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) published a notice of a regulation change which will affect sheep herdsmen starting January 1, 2010.

One of the things that I was impressed by was the simplicity of message and the action that the notice suggested that sheep keepers do - contact your preferred eartag supplier “to discuss the type of identifier and reading equipment…you might use.” It added that sheep keeper customers also needed to be part of this food chain of information, as it were, as they will require various slaughter tags depending upon the age of the animal and whether or not batch movement documents will be acceptable.

Many folks may not know that in addition to the well-known physical access control card and reader products, HID manufactures RFID glass tags and e-unit disks for use in identifying pet, lab, and livestock animals. Including products for sheep identification.

It’s “dyed in our wool” to stay abreast of regulatory changes that affect our integrator partners and equipment suppliers in these markets. To stay competitive and be able to continue to offer the best in off the shelf and out of the box quality and performance, we simply need to be aware of any change that could affect the business of our end customers or the suppliers to them. The forthcoming changes in the U.K. are just one example of regulations that will affect customers of our identification products partners. DEFRA is directing sheep keepers in England to contact their suppliers -- our customers. They need to be the experts and we need to be (and are) positioned to answer their questions.

Tag performance no doubt will still be relevant but how will the regulations affect customer demands of integrators to provide market-appropriate readers? I assure you that we will stay on top of it. Over the past two decades we have focused on the development of secure contactless transponder technology. We have worked closely with partners to provide innovations and expertise they need in tags and reader modules. At this point, it’s not anticipated that the new rules on the electronic identification of sheep will drive product changes at HID, but if customer demands prove otherwise, we’ll get baaa-ck to work right away!