The world of radio-frequency ID (RFID) technology is rapidly evolving, with new players joining the market and new services being offered, says Extension beef specialist Dale Blasi of Kansas State University (KSU). Blasi conducted BEEF magazine's 3rd annual survey of RFID companies.

“It's important to revisit the survey every year to be up to date, and we've done everything we can ensure we have an accurate portrayal of those companies,” he adds.

The chart below represents the U.S. cattle industry's most comprehensive look at RFID companies and the technology they offer the cattle industry.

The survey is a compilation of information provided by 37 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 companies participating in this survey were asked to provide detailed information, but the chart below is just the tip of the iceberg.

To find out more about each company, visit http://beefstockerusa.org/rfid.grid.htm. There, you'll find an interactive version of this chart developed by Blasi and KSU 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.

Blasi issues one caution to users viewing the survey and the companies' information online.

“It's a survey we asked vendors to fill out, so we can't validate their claims. It's a snapshot view of who is in this particular industry,” he says.

RFID Survey results
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
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
APEIS Corp.
www.apeis.com
Norfolk, NE; 402-379-9487
NO NO NO 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
Digi-Star
www.digi-star.com
Fort Atkinson, WI; 800-225-7695
NO NO NO YES YES NO
Digital Angel Corp.
www.digitalangelcorp.com
South St. Paul, MN; 800-328-0118
YES YES YES NO YES NO
EIDAP
www.eidap.com
Sherwood Park, Alta., Canada; 780-467-2707
YES NO NO NO NO 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 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
NO NO NO NO YES YES
GrowSafe Systems Ltd.
www.growsafe.com
Airdrie, Alberta, Canada; 403-912-1879
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
www.kaniwi.com
Linden, Alta., Canada; 403-546-0100
NO NO NO YES NO NO
Micro Beef Technologies, Ltd.
www.microbeef.com
Amarilllo, 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
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 NO 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, Al., 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
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
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; www.primatechusa.com
San Antonio, TX; 210-767-8878
YES YES NO NO NO YES
Y-TEX Corp.
www.y-tex.com
Cody, WY; 888-600-YTEX
YES YES YES NO NO YES