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Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane
Catherina Cunnane hails from a sixth-generation drystock and specialised pedigree suckler enterprise in Co. Mayo. She currently holds the positions of editor and general manager at That's Farming, having joined the firm during its start-up phase in 2015.
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VIDEOS: Farming inventions: EID tag reading device & a 2-brush cow cleaner

Part two of That’s Farming editor, Catherina Cunnane’s article series, which document a further two farming products, which were in the spotlight at this year’s Agri Expo.

EID tag reading device

With mandatory bovine EID tagging now in force, Tru-Test’s XRS2 EID Stick may be a good investment for farmers and livestock marts alike.

According to the company, the ergonomically designed lightweight and portable handheld device is suitable for cattle and sheep with the ability to read all ISO HDX and FDX-B tags and delivers information about livestock “rapidly”.

With its built-in memory feature (1 million scanned tag memory), it can capture animal data (up to 15 pieces of information such as breeds, DOB, sex and BCS) and transfer information using a Windows computer or smartphone – Apple iOS or Android to help with management decisions.

According to the firm, it can read up to 1,100 tags per minute, and because of its 650mm reach length, you can keep a safe distance while scanning animals.

What is more, you will not need to put it on charge constantly, with its “long life fast charging” battery of up to 19 hours of push-to-read operation and 9.5 hours of continuous read.

Moreover, it has a bluetooth class 1 wireless technology to connect weigh scale indicators or other devices that are up to 100m away.

According to the company, “this is the fastest handheld readers in the world that also offers the longest battery”. Moreover, the handheld EID tag readers are “rugged, reliable, 100% water and dust-proof”.

HappyCow DUO

On display at another stand was HAPPYCOW Duo, a double wall-mounted cow cleaning machine automatically activated by animals slightly raising the device, designed by the company, Kerbl.

According to the firm, the shaped and angled two-brush machine allows for cleaning of the animal’s back and flanks at the same time with an option to choose running times between 10-300 seconds.

Moreover, the brush changes direction after 60 seconds, which leads to even wear of brushes, while a sensor triggers a safety shutdown feature if the animal’s tail becomes trapped.

The fully automated ‘plug ready’ product has optimised brushes, intelligent electronics for fault-free and low-maintenance operation and a display screen, which indicates the operating status.

Read this other news article on That’s Farming, where we look at JFC Agri’s Calf Isolation Unit, a Heatwave Ad-Lib Milk Warmer and a Store and Thaw Colostrum Management System.

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