EZid Announces Electronic Ear Tag for Cattle

Side-reading, HDX tag provides excellent accuracy

Greeley, Colorado - - August 21, 2009 - - EZid, a division of Avid Identification Systems, formally announces the U.S. release of their EZid HDX Electronic Ear Tag for cattle. The EZid ear tag provides accurate, cost effective RFID identification for use in feedlots, dairy parlors and cow/calf operations. The use of HDX technology delivers the industry’s longest read distance. And, unlike other tags on the market, the design of the EZid tag delivers maximum read performance from the side - - allowing for easier, faster scans when using handheld or stationary readers.

This electronic ear tag contains an ISO HDX transponder molded into an easy-to-read tag that features a unique identification number. Tag information can be easily read into Excel and Access spreadsheets or other industry management software, providing immediate access to individual animal records. These tags work with any ISO compliant HDX/FDX reader, making them easy to implement.

Elsie McCoy, Manager of the EZid U.S. Office, explains, “Our HDX or 'Half Duplex' tags outperform other tags when it comes to read distance.” Longer read distance equates to a higher percentage of accurate scans, and this saves labor time. McCoy continues, “For example, when cattlemen are moving cattle from the chute to the truck, they don’t have to go back and re-scan animals missed the first time.”

An early adopter of EZid tags is Upper Valley Holstein in Austin, Colorado. Andy Wick, owner, said his primary reason for selecting EZid is its superior side-reading capability. He implemented EZid ear tags in his 615 cow dairy parlor over a year ago with excellent results. Wick commented, “We are just delighted with the tags.” He replaced an older battery-operated necklace system that was expensive and labor intensive. At a fraction of the cost for the older tags, he has implemented a system that delivers nearly perfect accuracy every milking.

Avid Identification Systems, Inc.

EZid is the livestock identification division of Avid Identifications Systems, Inc., a leader in the development and manufacture of radio frequency microchip technology for use in animal identification. Avid products are used around the world including ear tags, microchips and rumen bolus products for the livestock industry.