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SDL Stick Reader

Our Stick Reader is designed to be practical and simple to use with just one button to learn

  • push and release to read a tag;
  • push and hold to change your options

The bright display screen shows the tag number, management group and the count of animals read.

Shearwell Stick Reader

Key Features

A tough tool for any job. Weather-proof, lightweight and farmer-friendly.

  • Reads both types of EID (FDX and HDX) - tags, implants and rumen bolus.
  • Read range up to 20 cm.
  • Bright LED light at the end - flashes green for a successful read or flashes red if it reads the same tag again.
  • Audible beep when a tag is read.
  • Single button design.
  • Large, backlit display screen is easy to read in any light.
  • Available in three lengths - short (45 cm), medium (58 cm), and long (80 cm)
  • A fully charged stick should work for at least 8 hours when run on good quality (2500mah) 4 AA batteries (standard or rechargable).
    Four rechargeable batteries included with purchase.
  • Completely wireless - no cables or cords required.


Simplify your record-keeping and meet legal requirments - scan ear tags, send to your phone, PC or printer.

  • Stores up to 16,000 tag numbers and 26 different management groups.
  • Bluetooth built in for easy connections to computers and other devices.
  • Apps for Android™ Phones/Tablets and iPhone® & iPad® to capture and send data
  • Software supplied to import tag numbers from the stick reader into your Windows® or Mac® computers
  • Import into MS Excel or Notepad - easily copy and paste tag numbers into movement documents.
  • Links to a mobile printer so you can print lists of tag numbers to attach to travel documents.
  • Download a tag file to read your cattle EID tags.
Red & Green Lights
As well as an audible 'beep' on each read there is also a visual indication; a green light for a new read and a red light for a duplicate read. Perfect in noisy environments and when reading loose animals in a pen.
Easy-to-Read screen
With a large backlit display, it’s easy to read in both bright daylight and in the shade.
Single Button Use
All the functions of the Stick Reader are accessible through a single button.
Grip Handle / Battery
Runs on good quality (2500mah) standard or rechargeable AA batteries, which should give a minimum 8 hours use.