BEEF magazine is again proud to team up with Kansas State University (KSU) to deliver the industry's most complete survey of firms offering radio-frequency ID (RFID) technology for cattle-industry application.

This sixth annual survey is a compilation of information from 32 RFID technology firms. Some offer hardware — scale heads, RFID readers, tags, etc. Others primarily offer software to accumulate the cowherd data collected by the hardware. Others are one-stop shops offering the whole package — hardware, software and data storage.

But the data presented in the accompanying chart is just a fraction of what's available. There's a whole lot more awaiting readers at www.beefstockerusa.org, a cooperative website between BEEF and KSU (click on “RFID Survey” at the top of the page).

There you'll find an interactive version developed by KSU's Dale Blasi, Kevin Dhuyvetter and Lois Schreiner. Browsers can click on the company's name for background and contact information on the firm; website links; and the firm's partners, goals and mission. Also included are product and service details; specifications for use; compatible equipment; fees; and an Excel spreadsheet calculator to estimate the costs of an RFID system for your operation.

Check it out at www.beefstockerusa.org.

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
Agrident GmbH
www.agrident.com;
Barsinghausen, Germany; 49(0) 51 051/ 58 25 73-10
NO YES YES NO NO NO
Allflex USA
www.allflexusa.com;
Dallas Ft. Worth Airport, TX; 800-989-TAGS (8247)
YES YES YES NO NO NO
Animal Profiling, Inc.
www.animalprofiling.com;
Portland, OR; 877-278-1344
YES YES YES NO YES YES
Beef Concepts
www.beefconcepts.com;
Montevideo, MN; 320-269-3375
YES YES NO NO YES YES
Cattlesoft, Inc.
www.CattleMax.com;
Bryan/College Station, TX; 877-454-COWS (2697)
NO NO NO NO YES NO
CattleXpert Management Software
www.CattleXpert.com;
Elkhorn, NE; 866-613-2869
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 NO 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; 888-346-8899
YES YES NO NO NO NO
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; 888-520-7333
NO NO NO NO YES NO
Gallagher Power Fence, Inc.
www.gallagherusa.com;
North Kansas City, MO; 800-531-5908
NO YES YES YES NO NO
Global Animal Management, Inc.
www.mygamonline.com;
Summit, NJ; 800-235-9824
YES NO NO NO YES YES
GrowSafe Systems, Ltd.
www.growsafe.com;
Airdrie, Alberta, Canada; 403-912-1879, Ext. 223
NO NO YES NO YES YES
I.D. ology
www.id-ology.com;
Eau Claire, WI; 800-395-5585
YES YES YES NO YES YES
IMI Inc.
www.imiglobal.com;
Castle Rock, CO; 303-895-3002
NO NO NO NO YES YES
Lion Edge Technologies, Inc.
www.lionedge.com;
Aurora, CO; 720-222-0681
NO NO NO NO YES 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 NO NO NO YES YES
Osborne Industries
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
RFID Systems 2001
www.rfidsystems2001.com;
New York, NY; 877-426-2958
YES NO NO NO YES NO
ScoringAg
www.scoringag.com;
Bradenton, FL; 941-792-6405
NO NO NO NO YES YES
Temple Tag, Ltd.
www.templetag.com;
Temple, TX; 800-433-3112
YES YES YES NO NO NO
Tru Test
www.tru-test.com;
Mineral Wells, TX; 800-874-8494
NO NO NO YES YES NO
Turn Key Computer Software
www.turnkeynet.com;
Amarillo, TX; 866-372-1200
NO NO NO NO YES YES
Y-TEX Corporation
www.y-tex.com;
Cody, WY; 888-600-YTEX (9839)
YES YES YES NO NO NO