An Alberta-based company is offering a solution for feedlots who are looking to manage the inflow and outflow of livestock through use of ultra-high-frequency (UHF) radio frequency identification (RFID).
The system combines software and hardware and allows users to track when an animal arrives and when it leaves.
Glen Kathler, director and partner of Cattle Traxx, shares what their product does and how it can help track not only livestock, but financial agreements as well, as demonstrated by their first client, the Picture Butte Feeder Co-op.
“Their goal was to streamline the ability to loan money to their members, for animals, for the cattle they purchase. [They] know exactly when those animals arrive, know exactly that they’ve been validated that they are in fact the animals that are the collateral for that loan, and know when those animals leave, so that loan can be terminated, ended, retired,” says Kathler.
He says that there is no other product on the market currently in relation to the financial aspect of the product.
Cattle Traxx also recognizes the importance of tracking when it comes to cross border traffic and Kathler says their product is also in the beginning stages of creating a solution in this arena as well.
“For calves that come into southern Alberta [or] cycle into Alberta, to improve that passport and animal manifests for that cross- border traffic — we do have one installation in Montana already. That’s part of our trial to see how that works,” shares Kathler.
Currently the product and system is only available in Alberta.