The traceability of animal products is likely to rely on multiple and various pieces of information thus calling for highly diversified data collection methods. In particular, RFID technology (Radio Frequency IDentification) allows to design and experiment an electronic system relying on the use of transponders which make it possible to identify and register the animals in a database in a reliable manner. Therefore transponders can supplement and complete the traditional animal registration system based on the use of ear tags. As to operational modalities, the transponder-based technology opted for in this study is “Read & Write” chips, in addition to merely identifying data, it allows for collecting and storing exactly those pieces of information that make traceability possible. For the purpose of this study a rich set of crucial parameters that unveil the microclimate in which the beef cows are grown have been considered. The micro-environmental monitoring of the two cowhouses, where the present study has put in place a comprehensive traceability system for beef cows, has shown that the right management of ventilation is likely to result in completely different environmental situations for the animals. Now, registering and addressing such environmental conditions can, not only help breeders to improve the management of their cattle farms, but also supplement the data made available to put in place a reliable traceability system for beef cows. The study proposed has highlighted that the traceability system proposed is extremely reliable.

A TRACEABILITY SYSTEM FOR THE BEEF CATTLE FARMING CHANNEL

CATALANO, Pasquale;GIAMETTA, Ferruccio;
2006

Abstract

The traceability of animal products is likely to rely on multiple and various pieces of information thus calling for highly diversified data collection methods. In particular, RFID technology (Radio Frequency IDentification) allows to design and experiment an electronic system relying on the use of transponders which make it possible to identify and register the animals in a database in a reliable manner. Therefore transponders can supplement and complete the traditional animal registration system based on the use of ear tags. As to operational modalities, the transponder-based technology opted for in this study is “Read & Write” chips, in addition to merely identifying data, it allows for collecting and storing exactly those pieces of information that make traceability possible. For the purpose of this study a rich set of crucial parameters that unveil the microclimate in which the beef cows are grown have been considered. The micro-environmental monitoring of the two cowhouses, where the present study has put in place a comprehensive traceability system for beef cows, has shown that the right management of ventilation is likely to result in completely different environmental situations for the animals. Now, registering and addressing such environmental conditions can, not only help breeders to improve the management of their cattle farms, but also supplement the data made available to put in place a reliable traceability system for beef cows. The study proposed has highlighted that the traceability system proposed is extremely reliable.
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