Collaborators with the CattleTrace pilot project for animal disease traceability will host an information session November 7 at 6:00 p.m. at Winter Livestock in Pratt. The program will provide details of how cow-calf producers can get involved in the project.
In early 2018, KLA, the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University and the Kansas Department of Agriculture began developing 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, to track animals in the event of a disease outbreak. Tag readers will be located at livestock markets, including Winter Livestock in Pratt, feedyards and beef processing facilities, with movement data collection beginning in fall 2018 and continuing for about two years.
To learn more, join CattleTrace November 7 for a free dinner and brief information session or go to www.cattletrace.org. Those planning to attend should RSVP to Jake Renner at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (620) 532-5131.