Optibrand, Ltd. LLC, Fort Collins, Colo., has announced that the State of Indiana will begin using retinal imaging to identify 4-H beef, sheep and goat projects. Recently completed research conducted by Purdue University proved that this technology was a superior method for positively identifying cattle and sheep when compared to nose prints.

Sheep, goats and cattle will have their eyes scanned when 4-H participants enroll them at the beginning of the year. Using GPS, the system will document the time, date and location of the enrollment session. A certificate that includes a printed photo of the animal's retina will be kept on file in each county. When the animal arrives at the fair, officials will be able to scan the animal again to verify that it is the same animal that was originally enrolled.

Source: Company Release