In an effort to ensure livestock are being cared for during transport, Ontario-based Transport Genie has partnered with the Canadian Animal Health Coalition (CAHC) to research best practises on a national scale.
Over two years CAHC will test Transport Genie’s innovative smart-sensor technology in real-world conditions, with help from researchers at the University of Guelph, University of Saskatchewan and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), as well as industry partners in the livestock transport sector across Canada.
Transport Genie’s monitors show what the climate conditions are like inside the trailers, and use blockchain technology to store and share that information securely with truck drivers and other users along the supply chain. Everything from temperature to humidity can be monitored. The technology can also control certain devices such as cooling fans, misters, and drinkers.
The research comes at a time where those who own livestock will soon be changing how they transport their animals, with updated regulations coming into effect next year.
According to a news release, researchers will test Transport Genie in long-haul and short-haul conditions across Canada and the United States, summer and winter, in a variety of sensor configurations and trailer designs hauling different species of livestock and poultry.
The project is funded by the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) AgriAssurance Program.
“Farmers are concerned with the welfare of their livestock and that concern doesn’t end once their animals are in transit. Technology like Transport Genie will enable farmers and truckers to effectively monitor animals in transit to ensure their welfare needs are being met,” says Jennifer MacTavish, CAHC chair.
“We’re very excited to be working with CAHC and grateful for CAP support which will help us validate Transport Genie technology and support the industry as it develops new animal welfare standards and practices that go beyond the regulatory minimums,” says Joel Sotomayor, president and CEO of Transport Genie Ltd.