home  |  fact sheets  |  news  |  research  |  price/weather info  |  calculators  |
nutrient analyses  |  links  |
 events  | RFID survey | Preconditioning Survey |
 

Beef Stocker USA logo

 


Beef Stocker USA 2013 Survey of the Animal Identification Industry
 

Responding Company: Lion Edge Technologies Inc
Survey Section:
System Cost 

The following question was posed to each company:

Your firm has just been contacted by three different producers interested in incorporating individualized animal identification using RFID in their beef cattle operation. The three different herd sizes are 50, 100, and greater than 250 head.

Please recommend EXACTLY what individual hardware (brands, models) and software components (and associated costs) each producer would need to purchase in order to employ your recommended complete RFID system.

Following is their response:


 

Company:

Lion Edge Technologies Inc
   

 

Hardware

Recommended for 50 Head
  

OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8

500 MHz or Faster. 2 GHz or Faster Recommended, 512 MB RAM or more, 500 MB of available Hard-disk space, CD ROM drive (if ordering the CD), Color display supporting a resolution of at least 800 x 600, Mouse/Pointing device.

Mac Users:
Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 with a 500 MHz or faster processor, Mac OS X version 10.5 (or newer). 500 MB of available Hard-disk space, CD ROM drive (if ordering the CD)

Color display and Mouse/Pointing device.   

 

Recommended for 100 Head
  

OS: Windows  XP, Vista, 7 or 8

500 MHz or Faster. 2 GHz or Faster Recommended, 512 MB RAM or more, 500 MB of available Hard-disk space, CD ROM drive (if ordering the CD), Color display supporting a resolution of at least 800 x 600, Mouse/Pointing device.

Mac Users:
Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 with a 500 MHz or faster processor, Mac OS X version 10.5 (or newer). 500 MB of available Hard-disk space, CD ROM drive (if ordering the CD)

Color display and Mouse/Pointing device. 
    

Recommended for >250 Head

  

OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8

500 MHz or Faster. 2 GHz or Faster Recommended, 512 MB RAM or more, 500 MB of available Hard-disk space, CD ROM drive (if ordering the CD), Color display supporting a resolution of at least 800 x 600, Mouse/Pointing device. 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) compatible

Mac Users:
Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 with a 500 MHz or faster processor, Mac OS X version 10.5 (or newer). 500 MB of available Hard-disk space, CD ROM drive (if ordering the CD)

Color display and Mouse/Pointing device. 
 

 

PDA:

Recommended for 50 Head
  

Optional: Ranch Manager iPhone/iPad.   

Recommended for 100 Head
  

Optional: Ranch Manager iPhone/iPad.

Recommended for >250 Head

  

Optional: Ranch Manager iPhone/iPad.

 

RFID Reader:

Recommended for 50 Head
  


Recommended for 100 Head
  


   

Recommended for >250 Head
 


   

 

RFID Tags:

Recommended for 50 Head
  


   

Recommended for 100 Head
  


   

Recommended for >250 Head



 

Scale Head and Load Bar:

Recommended for 50 Head
  

 

Recommended for 100 Head
  

   

Recommended for >250 Head

  


   

 

Software

Recommended for 50 Head
  

Ranch Manager Desktop (Cost = $124.99) Ranch Manager: iPhone/iPad app (Cost = $149.99 each).

unlimited herd size, can track life cycle of animals, can combine different livestock types in one program    
   

Recommended for 100 Head
  

Ranch Manager Desktop (Cost = $124.99) Ranch Manager: iPhone/iPad app (Cost = $149.99 each)

unlimited herd size, can track life cycle of animals, can combine different livestock types in one program     
 
  

Recommended for >250 Head

  

Ranch Manager Desktop (Cost = $124.99) Ranch Manager: iPhone/iPad app (Cost = $149.99 each).

 

Central Database:

Recommended for 50 Head
  


   

Recommended for 100 Head
  


   

Recommended for >250 Head
  


   

 

Total Costs:

Recommended for 50 Head
  

Ranch Manager (Cattle Edition = $124.99) Ranch Manager: iPhone/iPad app = $149.99 (Each)
   

Recommended for 100 Head
  

Ranch Manager (Cattle Edition = $124.99) Ranch Manager: iPhone/iPad app = $149.99 (Each)

Recommended for >250 Head
  
  

Ranch Manager (Cattle Edition = $124.99) Ranch Manager: iPhone/iPad app = $149.99 (each)   

 

Comments

There are many factors to consider when deciding on RFID products and software: the size of your operation, the cost of purchasing various pieces of technology vs. the market value per animal.  Going mobile has great advantages for an efficient and profitable operation.  Lion Edge Technologies offers a complete solution whether you use a Mac, Windows, iPhone or iPad.  Ranch Manager provides flexibility to access your data everywhere.

Recommendations

Hardware:

A computer that has a CD burner (for data backup) or flash drive, printer and decent size hard drive is essential.  Computers and other devices are becoming more affordable and easier to use.

Optional:  iPhone or iPad to work with the Ranch Manager apps

Software:

50, 100 and 250 head all require quality software like Ranch Manager software to ensure good record keeping and analysis to grow your operation and keep it profitable.  The Ranch Manager Software is affordable starting at $124.99 for the Cattle Edition and allows the user to record pedigree, animal traits, breeding and profit and loss statements.  There is no charge for increasing herd size.  We highly recommend the Ranch Manager iPhone app and iPad app as your herd size increases for maximum efficiency.

Smartphone Apps:

Ranch Manager for iPhone and Ranch Manager for iPad apps provide the flexibility to access your data wherever and whenever you need it.  You only need an internet connection if you are syncing data to the Desktop Edition of Ranch Manager. (Each sold separately Desktop, iPhone app and iPad app)  Livestock records entered at one location can be retrieved at another location using the RM Cloud service.  The livestock apps are available for livestock producers who run Cattle, Sheep, Equine, Goats, Wildlife, Camelid and Canine.  The Ranch Manager for iPhone/iPad app is priced at $149.99 each.  All our livestock products are included.  This one-time cost allows you to upgrade your iPhone 4 to iPhone 5 device, without extra cost.  The apps transfer to your new device.

RFID Tags, Wand Readers and Scales:

Ranch Manager Desktop software is compatible with Allflex, Syscan and IDology readers. The software allows for tags to be scanned individually, directly into the software. This assists in reducing human error. Alternatively, the software supports memory reads from the readers where multiple tags can be scanned in the field. The software can then read the wands memory and perform animal searches from the tags stored in the wands memory. This feature allows for supporting chute side operations when activities done against the wanded animals chute side can then be recorded against the animals in the software with a single entry.

Summary:

Ranch Manager: Cattle Edition $124.99 USD for download (one time price) Other livestock can be added (Equine, sheep, goat, etc)

Ranch Manager:   iPhone app: $149.99 USD (one time price)

Ranch Manager:   iPad app: $149.99 USD (one time price)

RM Cloud license is include with app purchase to sync between app and Master computer

View other Responses for this company:

Company Info - Tags - Hand Held - Stationary - Scale Head - Software - Data Storage - System Cost

Return to Survey Main PageGo to the Company Grid

About Beef Stocker USA