The eID tag partnership with AllflexUSA and K-State Research and Extension is important. Through tagging with eID tags we are:
- Capturing retention data in regards to industry standards (feedlots, heifer development, sire collection facilities, etc.)
- Capturing infection rate, replacement rate, and any unknown losses
- Ease of technology use (is it user friendly)
These are a few of the items that I capture each year and turn in my report to AllflexUSA and KSRE for their continuing research to the industry. I keep detailed records as we tag 4-H animals, as well as, the records of the producers we are working with when utilizing the eID technology and tags.
The 2015 Year
- Steer Weigh-In was a success even with last minute date changes due to weather. Both Ellsworth and Russell area members doubled their entries from last year!
- Swine tagging was done throughout April at individual locations due to the PPDv virus (we have had 2 swine breeds in our District with the virus); which involved many evenings, late nights, and weekends to carry out this tagging procedure. Swine numbers are up in the Ellsworth area and down in the Russell area.
- Sheep, Goats, and Bucket Calves- two days back to back of small animal weigh in and Quality Assurance training; the sheep and goat numbers are approximately the same from last year. Bucket calves are lower.