Buyers and Backgrounders

Discover valuable tools for optimizing cattle procurement processes, enhancing animal health management, ensuring traceability and quality assurance, and streamlining logistics and operations throughout the supply chain.

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Efficient Grouping and Sorting

Detailed data on each animal's health, activity levels, and other characteristics. This allows Backgrounders to accurately group cattle based on similarities in size, weight, health status, and other criteria, streamlining the sorting process and ensuring homogeneous groups for shipment to feedlots.

Optimized Inventory Management

By leveraging the data collected from MicroTraks tags, Backgrounders can better manage their inventory of cattle. They can track the number of animals available for sale, monitor procurement trends, and make informed decisions about purchasing and stocking levels to meet demand from feedlots effectively.

Improved Quality Assurance

Mitigate risks associated with procuring cattle by providing real-time insights into the health and condition of each animal. This enables Backgrounders to identify and avoid purchasing potentially unhealthy or high-risk cattle, ensuring the delivery of high-quality livestock to feedlots.

Streamlined Logistics and Operations

Our Tags facilitate the efficient tracking and management of cattle shipments, from procurement to delivery at feedlots. Backgrounders can use the data collected to optimize logistics, plan transportation routes, and ensure timely and accurate delivery of cattle, reducing operational inefficiencies and costs

Enhanced Traceability

MicroTraks tags enable Backgrounders to maintain comprehensive records of each animal's history, including origin, health status, and movement. This traceability ensures transparency and accountability in the supply chain, which is crucial for meeting regulatory requirements and providing assurance to downstream stakeholders.

Case study: Deer tracking at OX Ranch

  • Regulation requires killed/diseased animals needed to be harvested and tested immediately
  • Location data enabled us to retrieve diseased animals and detect ones that escaped the pens
  • Activity monitoring per animal enabled proactive alerts for sick animals
  • Aggregate data shows herd patterns

Boost efficiency and reduce losses

2.55% of beef is discarded for discoloration annually in the US, amounting to:

  • $3.75 billion
  • 195 million KG of beef
  • 34 billion L of water
  • 13.8 billion MJ energy
  • 581,000 tons of CO2e emitted

Frequently asked questions

What is MicroTraks technology?
MicroTracks technology involves the use of advanced tracking tags that monitor the health, location, and activity of cattle in real-time, providing valuable data to improve livestock management.
How do MicroTraks tags work?
MicroTraks tags are attached to each animal and use sensors to collect data on vital signs, movement, and other health indicators. This data is transmitted wirelessly to a central system where it can be monitored and analyzed.
What types of data do MicroTraks tags collect from cattle?
MicroTraks tags can collect data such as body temperature, heart rate, activity levels, location, and other health metrics to provide a comprehensive overview of each animal's well-being.
How do MicroTraks tags improve cattle health monitoring?
The tags provide real-time health data, allowing for early detection of illnesses and prompt intervention, which helps maintain overall herd health.
How accurate is the location tracking with MicroTraks tags?
MicroTraks tags offer high-precision geolocation, typically within a few meters, ensuring accurate tracking of cattle movements.
Can MicroTraks tags be used on all types of cattle?
Yes, MicroTraks tags are designed to be versatile and can be used on various breeds and sizes of cattle.
How are the tags attached to the cattle, and is the process safe?
The tags are usually attached via ear tags or subcutaneous implants. Both methods are safe and minimally invasive for the animals.
What are the benefits of using MicroTraks technology for traceability?
MicroTraks technology ensures complete traceability of cattle from birth to market, aiding in regulatory compliance and providing transparency to consumers.
How does MicroTraks technology help in feedlot management?
It helps optimize feeding strategies, monitor health, track growth rates, and improve overall operational efficiency.
What kind of support does MicroTraks offer for the implementation of their technology?
MicroTraks provides technical support, training, and regular software updates to ensure smooth integration and optimal use of their technology.
How can MicroTraks technology benefit cattle producers?
By providing real-time health monitoring and location tracking, MicroTraks technology helps producers detect early signs of illness, optimize feeding strategies, manage herd movements, and improve overall animal welfare.
Are MicroTraks tags durable and safe for cattle?
Yes, MicroTraks tags are designed to be durable and withstand the harsh conditions of a farm environment. They are also safe and non-invasive for the animals.
How is the data from MicroTraks tags accessed and used?
The data collected by the tags is transmitted to a central system where it can be accessed via a user-friendly interface. Producers can use this data to make informed decisions about animal health, feeding, and management practices.
Can MicroTraks technology integrate with existing livestock management systems?
Yes, MicroTraks technology is designed to be compatible with most existing livestock management systems, allowing for seamless integration and data sharing.
What are the costs associated with implementing MicroTraks technology?
The costs can vary based on the scale of implementation and specific requirements. It typically includes the cost of the tags, data transmission infrastructure, and any associated software or subscription fees.
How does MicroTraks technology improve traceability and regulatory compliance?
By maintaining detailed records of each animal's health, location, and history, MicroTraks technology enhances traceability, ensuring that producers can meet regulatory requirements and provide transparency to consumers.

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