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Discussion in 'Livestock & Forage' started by spin cycle, Jun 4, 2018.
thinking about buying a reader....would like to just record stuff...cart it home and print it out
roxan tracKing?....just reads i know...but a start?
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Stick reader and app on smartphone.
The stick reader can be used by its self and linked to a printer.
Using it along side a app will make it more user friendly and will let you do some basic recording ......if it takes you're fancy down the line
I’m considering purchasing a basic stick reader and using it with an app (Apple based) to record info about breeding and lambing and use this info to help select replacements. I would also like to be able to record medicine administrations etc as well.
Any recommendations for what to use?
I am completely green to the world of EID readers and recording information!
i use an android phone, but they (Shearwell) do an iPhone app. ' Stockmove Express' which will send info to NLMD (a database somewhere.) - this link shows what that's all about.> http://www.shearwell.co.uk/NLMD
that bluetooths from the shearwell Stick reader that i have for reading the tags ( stick gives a nice 'reach' for getting 'moving' sheep read ......or leaning over hurdles instead of climbing in the pen etc.
I mean, its not like data stored on your own system but it works really well and straightforwardly imo/ime and is far simpler to their Farmworks software which i tried once.
Also as Exmoor Dave says you can read and store the animal eid number (not info tho ) and print it off for movements on a PC or Laptop later in doors i do that and get all killing sheet linked from the abattoir i use.
Thanks for the link, I will take a look at that.
I use an XRS 2 with my cattle mainly linked via Bluetooth to the weigh head at present. It can do a whole lot more (next year's learning curve at calving time for me) but it's a very robust, user friendly device and I'm sure could be really handy with sheep.
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Has anyone got any experience of the Allflex RS420? My understanding is that it can be linked to an I pad etc quite easily with their app??
Can I enter information such as details about lambing, medication administration etc on the XRS 2 device or can it be linked to a tablet etc?
@Farm Matters Ltd
Oops, it was made by dummies
I'll have a look but I'm sure you can. It says that you can customise fields etc to record whatever information you want and some software providers such as @Farm Matters Ltd allow you to export information straight in to their programmes. Even if you can't directly export you can modify the export files quite easily. From my experiences with the XR5000 weigh head same brand but obviously different purpose) it's mainly about ensuring the headers for the information match between the weigh head and the software; so in Farm Matters for example I use a Management Tag ID (column exports as Mtag) to identify each animal whereas the XR5000 uses Visual ID number (XR5000 imports VID) so exporting via Excel to modify these labels is all that is required unless the software will interpret the changes for you.
I will have soon as I bought a good used one just the other day.
I am more using it for cattle as my weighhead likes talking to Allflex readers apparently.
I can say it has much better reading distance than my old one - probably double the distance, as I used it this morning to scan cattle off the property.
Am leaning towards eid tagging and keeping some records on my little hobby mob, after seeing the read distance it has.
Thanks for the replies guys! Good to hear from people that are using them
Hi there - the Agrident AWR300 and AWL 200 stick readers are well worth taking a look at. You can record management events - medicine treatments, comments, weights, link ewes to lambs etc on these and they come with free software to bring what you have recorded onto your pc. They also link to bluetooth weigh scales & printers as well as detailed flock management software.
Is the AWR300 compatible with other farm management softwares, like Shearwell’s Farmworks or Stockmove express?
I was wondering the same for the XRS 2 reader as well as I saw a second hand one for sale yesterday.
Any update on the RS420 @Kiwi Pete?