Cattle Industry Comes Together to Launch Cattle Trace Pilot Project, Now Underway in KansasTue, 16 Oct 2018 10:33:25 CDT
A new pilot project designed to test the beef industry’s capability of implementing a viable and efficient system of cattle traceability is currently getting underway in Kansas. So far, seven auction barns, 14 feedyards and three instate packers have signed on to participate in the program, which is now in the process of recruiting cow/calf producers who will feed cattle into the infrastructure that has been established. Brandon Depenbusch is vice president of cattle operations for Innovative Livestock Services based out of Great Bend and Manhattan, Kansas. He is also chairman of the board for the Cattle Trace Project. In a recent interview, he said cattle traceability is what Innovative Livestock Services is all about.
“From our company standpoint, we view it as a risk management tool for the industry,” he said. “It’s important for all segments of the industry to be able to have a tool such as Cattle Trace to be able to trace back animals just in the case of an animal disease outbreak.”
The lynchpin of this program’s success, Depenbusch explained, is the rate of speed at which the program can accurately locate a disease outbreak’s point of origin. He states that speed is of the utmost importance in a situation such as this. The faster this task is completed the less collateral damage there will be and more money that can be saved. While some may have their reasons to be skeptical about a program such as this- Depenbusch says the response so far has been largely positive with lots of constructive feedback. That is encouraging, he says, to know that the industry recognizes the importance of proactively facing this issue rather than taking a reactionary position on the matter.
“That would be absolutely devastating because then we’re left with maybe politicians or somebody forcing something down on us that may or may not suit every segment in the industry,” he said. “I think it’s a great opportunity for all of us in each segment of the industry to have a seat at the table and define what that disease traceability structure looks like. So, I think that is a tall task ahead of us to make sure we define that so that everybody is comfortable with the process.”
Listen to Depenbusch discuss the significance of this pilot project for the beef industry, with Radio Oklahoma Ag Network Farm Director Ron Hays, on today’s Beef Buzz.
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