The INKOA company has devised an intelligent system for the electronic
identification of animals which eliminates the errors of current
systems for animal and meat product identification. The new technology
enables the automation of on-line processes in animal husbandry,
abbatoirs, quartering plants and in the meat industry in general.
electronic ID of animals, IDELAN, allows the automated control and
management of animal farming and of the meat industry, based on the
automatic reception of information on animals and meat products. This
provides an advantage over current operations, apart from enhanced
safety and rapidity, in terms of the availability of information and of
the automation of the processes based thereon.
These systems, based on microelectronic technology, provide an integral
identification system which is permanent, accurate and safe, and which
allows the identification of the animal throughout the production chain
and control points. The system is integrated with electronic
identifiers (transponders such as, for example, a ruminal bolus, an
auricular crotalum or a subcutaneous tag), lectors, software for data
treatment and automation and control systems, with various
applications, each one adapted to the specific needs of the customer.
Advantages of electronic identification
technology eliminates errors in reading and transcription. It avoids
the loss of information and facilitates the carrying out of controls.
It accelerates the transmission of data and provides computerisation,
control and automation of the animal farms and meat industries.
all the information generated as a consequence of the IDELAN electronic
identification system for automation and control can be visualised and
managed via the Internet so that the end-user and the various
organisations involved can access the information automatically and
The application of
electronic identification throughout the production chain will enable
the automatic retrieval of the life history of the meat products, from
the animal farming stage to the meat product sales outlet stage.
system developed by INKOA manages global data bases, which take into
account and store the comings and goings during the life of the animal
and its transformation into the end-product. Amongst this data is the
sex, age, aptitude, registration date, batch number, herd code, the
breed, buying and selling date, slaughter-house leave date, and so on -
for each animal.
This technology involves various modules of management and automated control:
In animal farming: classification by batches, automatic feed dosage,
yield control, movement of animals amongst herds, automatic
registration of the clinical and health history
- The abbatoir,
rendering and distribution plant: automatic identification and
classification of carcass pieces, control of storage and transport
conditions, control of manufactured batches, and so on.
technology will facilitate tasks in many areas such as the automatic
classification of animals, management of birth deliveries, feeding
control, health campaigns, control of reproduction and artificial
insemination and milk control.
The milk control system, for
example, based on electronic identification, facilitates the control
process and eliminates errors in the identification of animals and
samples. This application enables the immediate identification of
parameters such as: the increase in yield on a farm, detection of
mamitis, the genetic evaluation of ancestors or the follow-up of
samples taken and analyses made.
The application incorporates,
moreover, a programme for the labelling of milk samples, thus allowing
their identification and follow-up. This application is principally
aimed at milk producers' associations plans for genetic improvements
and at herd owners themselves for optimising milking and milk
Also, the automatic control of feeding
automatically provides and doses the quantity of a determined diet for
each animal, aimed at optimising yield. The various applications of the
system are the following: applications for individual feeding, aimed at
controlling weight and production yields and enabling the automatic
establishment of a daily feeding hour, control of dosage or providing
dosage throughout the day; batch feeding applications whereby, by means
of either virtual or physical batches, a feed type and dosage is
provided to each batch.
Elhuyar Fundazioa. May 2003.