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Beef Cattle Electronic Identification Field Days to be Hosted July 16-20

Livestock Update, July 2007

Dr. Scott Greiner, Extension Animal Scientist, Beef, VA Tech


Virginia Cooperative Extension, in cooperation with area livestock markets, will be hosting field days consisting of demonstrations and educational sessions related to Electronic Identification Uses in Cattle Management and Marketing.  Each session will include live demonstrations of alley and hand-held RFID reader devices and related technologies along with discussion of impacts on cattle handling, cost, and usability.  Program sessions will also discuss electronic identification technology as a management tool for beef producers, including value-added opportunities related to source and age verification and other applications.  Each field day will focus on providing hands-on demonstrations of electronic identification technology, and applications for Virgnia’s cattle producers.

Five session across the state are planned.  Each field day will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the following locations:

Monday, July 16- Tri-State Livestock Market, Abingdon, VA 276-628-5111
Contact: Phil Blevins, Washington County Extension, 276-676-6309

Tuesday, July 17- Rockingham Livestock Sales, Harrisonburg, VA 540-434-6765
Contact: Jason Carter, Augusta County Extension, 540-245-5750

Wednesday, July 18- Pulaski Livestock Market, Dublin, VA 540-674-5311
Contact: Laura Marks, Virginia Tech, 540-231-0670

Thursday, July 19- Farmers Livestock Exchange, Winchester, VA 540-667-1023
Contact: Corey Childs, Loudoun County Extension, 703-777-0373

Friday, July 20- Lynchburg Livestock Market, Lynchburg, VA 434-332-9538
Contact: Scott Reiter, Campbell County Extension, 434-821-5956

For additional information call the contacts listed above or Laura Marks, Animal Identification Coordinator, Virginia Tech, phone 540-231-0670, email



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