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New Livestock Electronic Tracking System Simplifies Record Keeping
Wed, 21 Apr 2021 08:23:57 CDT
A new company outside of Kansas City has developed a unique system to help cattle producers electronically track their cattle, said Matt Poindexter, Harrisonville, MO cattle producer and representative for LivestockLens.
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Poindexter was recently interviewed by Radio Oklahoma Agriculture Network Associate Farm Director and Editor KC Sheperd.
We’re a data management company that does RFID tags for tracking animals and keeping general records, Poindexter said.
You’re able to know what animals are in the pasture when you pull into the field, he said.
Producers using their system can build a set of registered EPD’s on a commercial herd and you will see every dollar that goes into them, he said.
The system replaces the old pencil and notebook method traditionally used to track animals.
Basically, we mount an antenna on the chute and when a cow comes through the reader automatically reads that cow, Poindexter said.
It’s all stored in the cloud and you can access the data with any device, he said.
The company started with thermal image cameras to detect fever in a feedlot and as additional opportunities arrived the company expanded to other products.
You can actually see what that cow made for you that year, he said.
For farmers using traditional ear tags, Poindexter said the advantage is this system keeps all the records in one place.
One big advantage is a joint partnership between the sale barn, cattle feeder and cattle producer.
Poindexter said they can mount a reader at the sale barn so when your cows come through, the entire vaccination history of that animal pops up on the screen and if you’re selling to a backgrounder or feedlot with a similar system, they can all share performance records on that animal.
We’ve been able to tie several producers, feedlots and packing houses together, so the cow/calf guy is seeing the carcass data and everything that costs that calf to get there, Poindexter said.
For more information about the company, click here.
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