BEEF magazine and Kansas State University (KSU) teamed up three years ago to present the first survey of firms offering radio-frequency ID (RFID) technology for cattle-industry application. The chart below represents the U.S. cattle industry's most current and comprehensive look at RFID companies and the technology they offer for cattle ID and monitoring.

The survey is a compilation of information provided by 36 firms involved in various aspects of RFID technology. Some offer hardware — scale heads, RFID readers, tags, etc. Others primarily offer software to accumulate the cow-herd data collected by the hardware. Others are one-stop shops offering the whole package — hardware, software and data storage.

The 36 companies participating in our fourth annual survey were asked to provide detailed information, but the data presented in the accompanying chart is just a fraction of the what's available. By visiting www.beefstockerusa.org, a cooperative Web site between BEEF and KSU, you'll find an interactive version of this chart developed by KSU's Dale Blasi and his Extension colleague Kevin Dhuyvetter. Click on the company name for background information on the firm, contact information, Web site links, the firms' partners, goals and mission.

Also included are details on the products and services offered, the specifications for use, compatible equipment, fees and much more. There's also an Excel spreadsheet calculator for estimating the costs of an RFID system for your operation.

For more on RFID and the National Animal Identification System, visit www.idcattle.com or www.usda.gov/nais.

RFID Survey results
Company Tags Handheld Stationary Scale Head Software Data Storage
AgInfoLink USA
www.aginfolink.com
Longmont, CO; 303/682-9898
No Yes No No Yes Yes
Aleis International
www.aleis.com
Jandowae, Queensland, Australia; 61/7-4668 5941
Yes Yes Yes No No No
Allflex USA
www.allflexusa.com
Dallas Ft. Worth Airport, TX; 800/989-TAGS
Yes Yes Yes No No No
Animal Profiling, Inc.
www.animalprofiling.com
Portland, OR; 503/819-8873
Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Beef Concepts
www.beefconcepts.com
Springfield, MN; 800/504-4562
Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
Boontech Pty. Ltd.
www.boontech.com
Kyneton, Victoria, Australia; 61/3-5424 8482
No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Cattlesoft, Inc.
www.CattleMax.com
Bryan/College Station, TX; 877/454-COWS
No No No No Yes No
Cow Sense Software
(Midwest MicroSystems LLC)
www.cowsense.com; Lincoln, NE; 402/323-6969
No No No No Yes Yes
Destron Fearing
www.destronfearing.com
South St. Paul, MN; 800/328-0118
Yes Yes Yes No Yes No
Digi-Star
www.digi-star.com
Fort Atkinson, WI; 800/225-7695
No No No Yes Yes No
EIDAP
www.eidap.com; Sherwood Park,
Alberta, Canada; US# 417/847-2677
Yes Yes No No No No
eMerge Interactive
www.emergeinteractive.com
Sebastian, FL; 877/578-BEEF
No Yes No No Yes Yes
EZ-ID, LLC Animal Identification
www.ezidavid.com
Greeley, CO; 877/330-3943
Yes Yes Yes No No No
Farnam Companies, Inc.
www.farnam.com
Phoenix, AZ; 800/234-2269
Yes Yes Yes No Yes No
Feedlot Solutions
www.feedlotsolutions.com
Kearney, NE; 888/300-2727
No No No No Yes No
Gallagher Power Fence, Inc.
www.gallagherusa.com
North Kansas City, MO; 800/531-5908
No No No Yes Yes No
Global Animal Management, Inc.
www.mygamonline.com
Union, NJ; 800/235-9824
Yes No No No Yes Yes
GrowSafe Systems Ltd.
www.growsafe.com
Airdrie, Alberta, Canada;
403/912-1879 x 224
No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
I.D. ology
www.id-ology.com
Eau Claire, WI; 800/395-5585
Yes Yes Yes No Yes No
Idlogic
www.idlogic.com
Chibougamau, Quebec, Canada; 418/748-4976
No Yes No No No No
IMI Inc.
www.imiglobal.com
Platte City, MO; 888/343-4796
No No No No Yes Yes
Lion Edge Technologies Inc.
www.lionedge.com
Aurora, CO; 720/222-0681
No No No No Yes No
Livestock Supplies (formerly Kaniwi Korrals)
www.kaniwi.com
Linden, Alberta, Canada; 403/546-0100
No No No Yes No No
Micro Beef Technologies, Ltd.
www.microbeef.com
Amarilllo, TX; 800/858-4330
No Yes No No Yes Yes
Optibrand Ltd, LLC
www.optibrand.com
Fort Collins, CO; 866/516-1462
No Yes No No Yes Yes
Osborne
www.osborne-ind.com
Osborne, KS; 800/255-0316
Yes Yes Yes No Yes No
Red Wing Software
www.redwingsoftware.com
Red Wing, MN; 800/732-9464
No No No No Yes No
Reliable Scale Corp.
www.reliablescale.com
Calgary, Alberta, Canada; 800/419-1189
No No No Yes No No
Research Management Systems (RMS)
www.rmsusa.com
Fort Collins, CO; 970/226-4080
No No No No Yes Yes
SFK Technology, Inc.
www.sfktech.com
Denmark; +45/4450 3700
Yes No Yes No No No
ScoringAg
www.scoringag.com
Sarasota, FL; 877/684-0018
No No No No Yes Yes
Temple Tag, Ltd.
www.templetag.com
Temple, TX; 800/433-3112
Yes Yes Yes No No No
Turn Key
www.turnkeynet.com
Amarillo, TX; 800/999-0049
No No No No Yes Yes
Tru Test
www.tru-test.com
Mineral Wells, TX; 800/874-8494
No No No Yes Yes No
VeriLogik, Inc.
www.verilogik.com
San Antonio, TX; 210/767-8878
Yes Yes No No No Yes
Y-TEX Corporation
www.y-tex.com
Cody, WY; 888/600-YTEX
Yes Yes Yes No No Yes