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Ultra-High Frequency Technology Allows For Fast, Easy Cattle Traceability, Says Callahan Grund With U.S. CattleTrace
Wed, 23 Sep 2020 08:41:43 CDT
Technology is pushing innovation and making it possible for young cattle to be quickly and easily traced, said Callahan Grund executive director for U.S. CattleTrace.
Ron Hays Beef Buzzes With Callahan Grund
Grund was recently interviewed by Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays.
U.S. CattleTrace is a national organization, based in Wamego, Ks., devoted to developing an animal disease traceability program that would protect livestock wellbeing, the cattle industry and public health if a disease outbreak would occur, Grund said.
The program is essentially a contact tracing system for cattle under 18 months of age that would assist state and federal animal health officials in tracking sick cattle and identifying other animals that might have been exposed to them more quickly and efficiently, Grund said.
One of the keys is having the technology to move at the speed of commerce today.
The use of radio frequency (RFID) technology to identify cattle has been available for several years but Grund says the newest electronic data collection system ramps up the speed.
Ultra-high frequency is similar to the technology used in windshield stickers for turnpike tolls.
The ultra-high frequency gives us the ability to move as many cattle as possible through the alleyway without slowing down the flow, Grund said.
Because U.S. CattleTrace is a nonprofit, access to the data can be tightly controlled.
Our data base is completely managed by a producer board of directors represented by cow/calf producers, sale barns and feed yards, Grund said.
The board of directors determines who, when and how that data can be accessed, Grund said.
He added the data can be quickly and easily provided to a veterinarian or state agriculture official during a disease outbreak.
Currently the group is transitioning out of a pilot project to a fully operational organization.
We’re looking for partners such as feed yards and cattle markets to keep us sustainable, Grund said.
U.S. CattleTrace was started in Kansas but now has partners in multiple states including Florida, Kentucky, Nebraska, Missouri, Virginia, Oregon, Texas and Oklahoma.
The Oklahoma partners include OKC West Livestock Market, Cherokee Sales Company and Oklahoma Department of Agriculture.
To learn more about U.S.CattleTrace, click here.
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