The location tracking and asset management company, Digital Angel Corporation, has launched its range of RFID cattle-tracking products in Canada through a distribution agreement with Compass Animal Health Inc.
Highlighting its commitment to the Canadian market, Digital Angel has begun marketing its line of Destron Technologies cattle and swine electronic identification products, including RFID (radio frequency identification) ear tags and scanners, to a select group of veterinarians and farm supply retailers.
“Digital Angel has worked hard to get its RFID products validated in support of the initiative by the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency (CCIA) to make the transition to RFID ear tags for its national cattle identification programme on January 1st, 2005,” explained Digital Angel’s CTO, Zeke Mejia. “We have been testing the retention, readability and overall functionality of our products and systems in tag trials and projects for the past four years in anticipation of the implementation of the technology.”
And according to Digital Angel’s CEO, Kevin McGrath, this is a crucial time for Canada’s beef industry, and Digital Angel believes that its cattle-tracking systems can play an essential role in boosting confidence in the international beef markets.
The CCIA is a not-for-profit, industry-led agency which was established to implement a national cattle identification programme throughout Canada. Canada has approximately 122,000 cattle producers, with a total cattle inventory of some 14.7 million, producing approximately 3.6 billion pounds of beef and beef products each year.
Reprinted with permission from Using RFID (http://www.usingrfid.com/news)
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