Nestled in the village of Dane, Wisconsin, the folks over at Ripp’s Dairy Valley, LLC are making the switch to RFID technology to cut down on some of the unnecessary paperwork involved in a routine herd check, reports the Dairy Herd.
Using RFID technology, the dairy farm is able to retrieve important herd health data and determine if the cows are in their correct pen or not, in real-time. The tags also store data such as breeding date, which automatically notifies staff as to whether that cow needs to be pregnancy checked or not.
The Wisconsin Livestock Identification Consortium provided Ripp’s Dairy Valley with free Allflex 840 RFID tags, and the farm also purchased a handheld that would work with their provided RFID readers.
“Instead of taking papers and sorting through and recording everything by hand, I can just set the handheld in its cradle and everything is transferred into my computer,” said Chuck Ripp, owner of the farm. “I can print out reports and instantly see how herd check went that day.”
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