Incorporating Electronic Identification (EID) into herd management may be the next step in adding value to the beef you produce. Basic EID recordkeeping can allow efficient analysis of herd data. From there, you can build value and increase efficiency with additional programs and tools.
An Age and Source Verified (ASV) program is a third party recordkeeping validation program. Participation often yields premium prices on sale day. At the core of ASV is the use of a unique 15-digit EID tag to identify each animal. Ranch origin and basic health information for the life of the animal are recorded to its ID number. There are many third party verification programs to guide you through enrollment and ensure that your records include the data most desired by packers.
Other add-on management tools, including stick readers and scale indicators can be incorporated for improved efficiency and time management. Their use allows you to enter data at chute-side, saving time and minimizing the chance of a recordkeeping error.
It’s important to note that EID can be used as a herd production tool for your use exclusively. The USDA’s National Animal ID System (NAIS) for traceability is a separate and independent program. Your herd and premise information will not be shared with the NAIS database unless you specifically choose to participate in NAIS. Using EID in your operation can be as simple or complex as the data you wish to keep, and the benefits you wish to yield.
If you wish to be Age and Source Verified, there are several sources to assist you: