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Tag readers help farmers keep track of livestock after bushfires, flooding

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article image These tag readers can be used to identify livestock after natural disasters
The Pipe Reader, a tag reading device from Harrington Systems Electronics , reads and displays livestock tags produced in conjunction with the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS).  

The Victorian Department of Primary Industries (DPI) explains the NLIS “is Australia’s system for identifying and tracking beef and dairy cattle.”

Once livestock receive a tag they immediately become part of the NLIS, and the tag will contain information about the property they belong to.

These tag readers are subsequently of great benefit after a natural disaster occurs, such as a bushfire or flood, as they allow farmers to determine what livestock belongs to them, along with the identity of deceased livestock.

Furthermore, farmers can determine the identities of livestock that have gone missing as a result of a bushfire or flood by recording the tags of remaining livestock.

The tag numbers of missing livestock can be reported to the NLIS database, where they will be issued a 'lost status.'

Natural disasters can often encourage looters, so in the event that a farmer believes their livestock has been intentionally stolen, they can report this to the police by providing them with tag numbers of the missing livestock.

Once farmers acquire a police report they provide a copy to the Department of Primary Industries, who will then request that the livestock be assigned a 'stolen status' in the NLIS database.

The Victorian DPI explains “if a ‘stolen status’ animal is scanned…at an abattoir…the message ‘stolen cattle – hold carcase’ will be displayed.”

These measures ensure lost livestock are returned to the appropriate owner, and that those who have stolen livestock are caught and do not benefit financially.

Incredibly easy to use, these tag readers are simply placed in close proximity to a tag and vibrate once they have successfully read a tag.

The tag number is then clearly displayed and stored. Impressively, the tag readers are capable of storing up to 8,000 livestock tags.

Farmer protection is guaranteed when using the tag readers, particularly when livestock may be agitated or angry, as they often are following a natural disaster, as they are available with a 3m extension.

The tag readers ensure that even wayward livestock can be successfully identified, and they simultaneously maintain user safety.

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