The chart below represents the U.S. cattle industry's most comprehensive compilation of the who, what and wherefore of individual electronic animal identification (ID). The chart is the result of a painstaking survey conducted by Dale Blasi of Kansas State University as an aid to U.S. beef producers and the industry as it wrestles with a move toward a national animal identification plan.

The survey is a compilation of information provided by a total of 25 firms. Some deal in hardware — equipment such as tags, readers, scale heads, etc. Others deal primarily in the software that allows the accumulation and storage of the data collected by hardware, or a combination of both.

And still others are full-service providers that offer a one-stop shop of hardware, software and data storage.

The companies represented in the chart were asked to provide detailed information to an extensive survey developed by Blasi with input from BEEF magazine editorial staff. But this chart is barely the tip of the information iceberg, so to speak.

At www.beefstockerusa.org, a cooperative Web site venture between Kansas State University and BEEF magazine, you'll find an interactive version of this chart. That version offers a multitude of fields, details and specifications on each of the categories listed in this printed chart.

You'll find background on the companies, contact info and Web site links, their partners, goals and mission, detailed explanations of their offerings and specifications for use, compatible equipment, fees, and much more. Altogether, it's the most comprehensive effort ever done to help producers learn about what's available, and to compare and contrast the various offerings in assembling their individual ID strategies.

RFID Survey For more information, go to www.beefstockerusa.org
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
Allflex USA
www.allflexusa.com
Dallas Ft. Worth Airport, TX
800-989-TAGS
YES YES YES NO NO NO
APEIS Corp
www.apeis.com
Norfolk, NE
402-379-9487
NO NO NO NO YES YES
Cow/Tek, Inc.
www.cowtek.com
Brule, NE
866-444-6661
YES YES YES NO YES YES
Digi-Star
www.digi-star.com
Fort Atkinson, WI
800-225-7695
NO NO NO YES YES NO
Digital Angel Corporation
www.digitalangelcorp.com
South St. Paul, MN
800-328-0118
YES YES YES NO YES NO
eMerge Interactive
www.emergeinteractive.com
Sebastian, FL
877-578-BEEF
NO NO 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 NO NO NO NO 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
NO NO NO NO YES YES
I.D. ology
www.id-ology.com
Eau Claire, WI
800-395-5585
YES YES YES NO YES NO
Idlogic
www.idlogic.com
Chibougamau, Québec, 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
Kaniwi Korrals Ltd
www.kaniwi.ab.ca
Granum, Alberta, Canada
403-687-2512
NO NO NO YES NO NO
Micro Beef Technologies, Ltd.
www.microbeef.com
Amarillo, TX
800-858-4330
NO NO NO NO YES YES
Midwest MicroSystems LLC
www.midwestmicro.com
Lincoln, NE
402-323-6969
NO NO NO NO YES YES
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
SFK Technology, Inc.
www.sfktech.com
Denmark
+45 4450 3700
YES NO YES NO NO NO
ScoringSystem, Inc.
www.scoringsystem.info
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
VeriLogik, Inc.
www.verilogik.com
www.primatechusa.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 YES NO
Zeitlow Distributing Company
www.zeitlow.com
McPherson, KS
800-364-1605
800-530-5158 Missouri Office
YES YES YES YES NO NO