AUGUST 2, 2006


Grant allows Panhandle State cattle tag research to continue

Oklahoma Panhandle State University’s School of Agriculture has been busy researching radio frequency identification (RFID) cattle tagging products over the past several months. The research is made possible by an economic development grant received last fall from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education.

Primary goals of the over $116,000 grant include educating Oklahoma producers about the need for animal identification and encouraging them to obtain premises identification numbers for their farms and ranches. OPSU faculty also offer training in the proper use of the RFID systems and assistance in determining the product that best suits the needs of each operation. Secondarily, the program offers OPSU students the opportunity to gain education about performing research and implementing an animal tracking system.

Dr. Peter Camfield, OPSU’s Dean of Agriculture, reported they have tagged approximately 5,000 head of cattle since last October in Cushing, Ripley, Magnum, in Oklahoma near Texarkana as well as locally in Hooker and Guymon. The first year will be completed this October, and Camfield plans to have the first-year data compiled early in 2007. The study ends in December of 2007.

“This important research will provide producers state-wide with comprehensive information about which tags and readers function best for a particular situation. We are testing four different RFID tags and two different types of RFID readers to determine which combinations work the best. Testing under a variety of grazing and confined feeding operations and climactic conditions will help producers match their needs with the appropriate product,” said Camfield. Currently, RFID tag use is voluntary; however, the United States Department of Agriculture has announced plans to make animal tracking mandatory.

Camfield and his staff remain dedicated to providing cattle producers in Oklahoma with timely, practical and accessible information to use in their business. For more information about the study, telephone Camfield at 580-349-1514 or email him at