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Sheep tag innovation could increase accuracy

Work to develop a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) ear tag could help improve the accuracy of sheep identification compared to traditional EID tags, according to researchers. The ROSEI project, which is part of a €1.6m European initiative, aims to produce a RFID ear tag that will improve the probability of 100% accurate identification of sheep; something that is vital for food chain tracking and for farmers who are reliant on single-farm subsidies. Current EC legislation can be difficult to meet with the existing low-frequency (LF) identification systems, which reportedly only recall 90-95% of tagged sheep, say researchers. Any misidentified animals could result in a subsidy penalty.

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