Collaborators with the CattleTrace animal disease traceability project and Kansas State University Research and Extension are hosting an information session November 5 at 6:30 p.m. at Mankato Livestock. Presenters will provide details of how cow-calf producers can get involved in the pilot project.
CattleTrace collaborators began work earlier this year to develop a purpose-built infrastructure to track cattle movement through the supply chain. CattleTrace will utilize ultra-high frequency technologies to collect the minimal necessary data, including an individual animal identification number, location, date and time, in order to track animals in the event of a disease outbreak. Tag readers will be located at livestock markets, including Mankato Livestock, feedyards and beef processing facilities. Data collection is underway and will continue for the next two years.
A free dinner will be served prior to the brief information session. RSVP for meal count purposes by November 1 to Barrett Simon at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at (785) 378-3174.