Animal and Farmer Identification

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Animal and Farmer Identification

Training materials

Powerpoint for Animal Identification

SmartCards for IB and Animal Identification

Message formats

Farmer registration

DP [Name] [Location Code] {Owner identification}
  • The message always begins with DP
  • Farmer name – try to write the name correctly and in full using first name and family name and capitals where appropriate
  • Location code – where the livestock owner lives to the desa level (8 digit location code). Use CKL system query to find the correct code.
  • Optional - Owner identification number if not using telephone number. See below for more details.
  • At least 50% of farmers have mobile telephones which have unique numbers. The preference is to use a livestock owner's mobile telephone number during the registration process.
  • For those farmers without a mobile phone, a different number may be used. Owners can be registered with an optional identifier, such as:
    • their Driver's Licence: SIM (12 digits)
    • their local identifier (8 digits or less), such as an existing ID number from the local cooperative or a local farmer id scheme.
    • If this optional identifier is used, they do not have to confirm the registration as would happen for those farmers registering with a phone number.

Farmer confirmation if using telephone as identifier

  • This message is sent from the new farmer's own phone number.
  • The message always starts with KDP.
  • PIN code sent to the registering inseminator's phone during first registration step (DP).
  • The PIN code should be sent back to iSIKHNAS within 20 minutes of the initial registration step.

Register an animal to an owner

DH [Farmer ID] ([Animal identification] [Species code] [Sex] [Age]...)
  • The message always starts with DH
  • Farmer ID
  • Animal ID (see notes below)
  • Species code/animal breed code
  • Sex – J (male) atau B (female)
  • Age - in years or part year (using decimal point)
  • Multiple animals can be registered to the same farmer using a repeated sequence within the same message (Animal ID, Species code/animal breed code, Sex, Age)
  • Every animal must have a unique number or name within the herd - no herd may have animals with the same name or ID number.
    • This means that you may have to change the ID of certain animals coming into the herd - through purchase or inheritance - if their ID is the same as one already in the herd.
  • Keep a good record of the particular physical features which identify each animal in the herd. Keep their individual ID with this record.
  • Every animal should be tagged for easy and accurate visual identification.
  • There are many benefits to having your animals tagged.
  • Tags can be purchased blank or pre-numbered.
  • Numbers are preferable to use as ID. If possible,
    • Use an ear tag with the ID number on each animal.
    • Use the system the farmer is already using - minimum change.
    • Use one or two digits if not using any formal system (Farmer cooperative, Dinas ID system etc) .
    • Use a number that is already tattooed or branded on the animal.
  • If a farmer wishes to use a name as identifier, remember that names
    • cannot contain punctuation or spaces.
    • must be unique within the herd
    • can only be one word.
    • should be reliable - simple, short, easily remembered and easy to record correctly every time.
    • Should use common spelling.
    • should not be confusing, difficult to remember or difficult to spell correctly.

Sale/Transfer of ownership of animal

  • Message is used only by inseminators, para-vets or other authorised user.
  • This message is not for use by farmers.
  • This message always begins with JH
  • Selling Farmer ID (old owner)
  • Buying Farmer ID (new owner)
  • Animal ID - see notes on animal ID.
  • It is possible that the Animal ID for a newly bought animal has the same ID as an existing animal in the new herd. In this case, iSIKHNAS will temporarily rename the new animal with BARU (new) directly after the original Animal ID, for example a cow with ID 6 is bought and the JH message has been sent. iSIKHNAS automatically deletes this animal from the Selling Farmer's herd list and checks the Buying Farmer's herd list. In this example there is already an animal with ID 6 so iSIKHNAS renames the new animal 6BARU and sends a message to the new owner to advise that he should use GI message to re-identify the animal with a new identifier that is unique within the new herd.

Change animal ID

GI [Farmer ID] [Old Animal ID] [New Animal ID]
  • This message always begins with GI.
  • Farmer ID
  • Old Animal ID
  • New Animal ID

Animal disposal report

AH [Owner ID] [Animals Id] [Animal Disposal]
  • The message always starts with BH.
  • The animal ID number or name (no spaces or punctuation).
  • This message is sent by a farmer and an alert is sent to their local inseminator who will telephone and visit.
  • Not all farmers will want to use this function and will prefer to contact their usual inseminator/para-vet directly. It is NOT obligatory for farmers to use this message however it might be in the interests of some inseminators to recommend its use to their client farmers to avoid being called at inconvenient times or for other practical reasons.