Saskatchewan Livestock RFID Rebate Program


June 14, 2010

The Saskatchewan Voluntary Livestock Traceability Rebate program started in October 2009. Under this RFID rebate program, Canadian cattle producers in Saskatchewan are eligible for a rebate up to 70% on all their expenses to set up their herd for RFID traceability, within the Canadian Livestock Tracking System.

This is an initiative by Saskatchewan to promote and enhance all livestock premises within the province to register their premises, and have a more proactive approach to RFID livestock traceability. The program is a voluntary livestock traceability program, participation in the program is not mandatory, although tagging their livestock with CCIA approved RFID tags, is mandatory for animal movements.

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology is the basis of the Canadian Livestock Tracking System.

With the voluntary livestock traceability rebate, Saskatchewan livestock producers have the chance to benefit with RFD technology. With this opportunity for a rebate, all livestock producers, auction marts, feedlots, backgrounders, veterinarian clinics, meat processors, fairs, exhibits, and managed community pastures are eligible for rebates up to 70% on all hardware, software, installation, and training that is involved in implementing a full RFID system on their premise.

Livestock producers, such as cattle, bison, sheep, pig, goat, and deer are eligible for a rebate of 70% up to the total amount of $50,000 per premise location. If a producer owns more than one premise, even with same registration name, each of the premises is eligible for the same rebate.

Auction marts, are eligible for the same rebate of 70% up to the total of $100,000 per premise location. For auction marts, there is no limit on the number of RFID readers per location, as long as it is within the $100,000 limit.

The following is a breakdown of the hardware, software, installation, and training services that are allowed with the RFID rebate program. All RFID readers, which are handhelds or fixed panel readers must be new, they can be purchased or leased.

Livestock Traceability software has a maximum rebate of $3,000. Software includes all cattle management software, from the simplest cattle management, to network based systems, with multiple user access. (We will go into details on the available cattle management software’s on the market, with reviews shortly.)

Ultra-rugged computers have a maximum rebate of $4,200. Computers should have a rating of IP-67, which means the computers are water proof, dust proof, and indestructible. Basically they are computers that can be used outdoors, and in extreme rough environments, such as conditions in a barn or feedlot. These computers or rugged laptops are like the Panasonic Tough Book series computers.

RFID Readers come in a wide variety of options, based on the user’s requirements. (We will provide a list shortly of all available RFID readers, and explain in detail the options on each style of reader.) This will be the hardest part of your traceability hardware, as there are so many options out there, from simple RFID stick readers, which just read the tag and transmit the tag EID to the software, to more sophisticated RFID readers, that can perform many options in the field.

RFID readers can be handheld readers, much like an Allflex stick reader, and they can also be a wand or paddle styled reader, like Destron.

Panel readers or fixed readers, are more suitable for feedlots, auction marts, and premise locations with high volume of traffic. Panel readers, will enable you to scan or read tagged cattle at a fast rate, much like when cattle go through a raceway or alleyway as they enter either the feedlot, auction mart, or tagging station.

Only CCIA Approved Readers are eligible for the RFID rebates. CCIA Approved RFID Tags are not included in the Voluntary Livestock Traceability Rebate.

More information on the RFID rebate program can be found at the Saskatchewan Voluntary Livestock Traceability Rebate website.

Below are the actual forms for the livestock traceability rebates.

FORM A: Rebate Application for General Applicants. (Producers)

FORM B: Facility Modification Claim for General Applicants. (Producers)

FORM A: Rebate Application for Auction Marts Only.

FORM B: Facility Modification for Auction Marts Only.

If you need additional information, and or need some advise on readers, the process, or general questions on the filing of the forms, you may contact myself by email (Listed on Contact Me on the blog) or by contacting the Saskatchewan Voluntary Livestock Traceability Rebate at 1-877-874-5365.


barry.bateman October 28, 2010 at 9:31 PM  

Re: the computer's IP67 requirement...
Unfortunately only considers dust - "6 is "Dust tight - No ingress of dust; complete protection against contact".
And liquids - "7 is protected against Immersion up to 1 meter - Ingress of water in harmful quantity shall not be possible when the enclosure is immersed in water under defined conditions of pressure and time (up to 1 m of submersion)."
Unfortunately, IP67 does not consider dropping, banging, or other "physical shocks" like the MIL standard does. I agree that the Toughbook notebooks would be excellent in this application, unfortunately, they only meet an IP65 standard. The "5" means "Water jets -
Water projected by a nozzle against enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effects."
The Toughbook meets the MIL 810G shock standard. Most of its IP67 competitors don't.
So even though they exceed the ability of most of their IP67 competitors to withstand dropping or knocking about, as I read it they would not be eligible for the program.
I don't know what your farm is like, but on mine, it's far more likely that the notebook be bumped, dropped or splashed with a little manure, than it be dropped in a meter of liquid for 30 minutes! I'm hoping that with a little encouragement, the program will reconsider their requirements, and include the Toughbook.

George Luker October 29, 2010 at 6:35 AM  

Thank you for your comment, and an excellent one I must add. I agree for the rugged conditions on farm, a Toughbook is needed. A laptop's main protection must be for shock and drop, unfortunately only a few laptops meet these requirements. You are spot on concerning the definitions of the IP status, and IP67 is the highest standard, but does not include shock, usually protective cases will add to the laptops ruggedness’.

There is an alternative to using laptops in the field, depending on your application requirements. I know a company that has just developed mobile software, which acts as a wedge from the RFID stick or wand readers to smart phones such as iPhone, blackberry, and most other popular smart phones. With this mobile software you can easily, and painlessly connect an RFID reader via Bluetooth to your smart phone, and download the tag ID's into an excel format, where you can either email the attachment, or save till you are in the home office. Mind you this would be just for Tag ID's only, but it is a cost effective alternative, if you have an iPhone or Blackberry, which most of us do have. This eliminates the cost of either a handheld or laptop in the field.

I am currently compiling all the current hardware i.e. RFID readers, mobile rugged handhelds, laptops, and livestock management software's that are available on the market. I will be posting these shortly on the blog, so would be good resourceful information on what the market has to offer.

On the mobile application software I just mention, I will also post the information on this innovative software shortly. Anyone interested in more information now, can always drop me an email.

Barry, thank you again for the great comment, please do check back as I update the blog with new posts.

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