New, improved and robust electronic identification and recording technology now allows sheep producers to manage their sheep more precisely and practically.
Electronic weigh scales interfacing with RFID tags and recording equipment has replaced the tedious paper-based process that yielded numerous errors during manual tag-reading and recording.
Automatic drafting adds a new dimension, with equipment able to draft up to 11 ways on any parameter you choose, including previously recorded data (such as sire group) or weights being taken as the sheep step into the weigh crate.
A range of equipment has been in use by the Sheep CRC over many years with feedback provided to manufacturers. Today the products available are robust and reliable.
Cost-effective, electronic, ear tags can be used with a wand or panel reader and an indicator unit connected to load bars under a weigh crate to rapidly and accurately weigh large numbers of sheep.
The same equipment can be used for other purposes (some may require extra components and software):
In the shearing shed to weigh fleeces
To record particular information, such as classing or condition scores, for individual sheep.
In-paddock or feedlot walk over weighing.
For matching ewes with their lambs (Pedigree MatchMaker).