More cow-calf producers are needed to participate in the CattleTrace pilot project. Organizers specifically need cow-calf producers who sell cattle at livestock auction markets or to feedyards participating in the project.
Auction markets taking part in the pilot program are Farmers and Ranchers Livestock of Salina, Fort Scott Livestock Market, LaCrosse Livestock Market, Manhattan Commission Company, Mankato Livestock, Russell Livestock and Winter Livestock at both Pratt and Dodge City.
Kansas feedyards collecting data for the project are Cow Camp Beef, Fairleigh Feed Yard, Finney County Feedyard, Green Plains Cattle Company, Heritage Beef, High Choice Feeders, Hy-Plains Feedyard, Innovative Livestock Services, Midwest Feeders, NA Timmerman, Poky Feeders and Pratt Feeders.
CattleTrace is an industry-driven effort to develop and evaluate a purpose-built infrastructure for an animal disease traceability system. It is a collaborative effort among KLA, the Kansas Department of Agriculture, USDA, the Beef Cattle Institute at Kansas State University and private industry. Producers interested in participating should call Cassie Kniebel at (785) 564-7446 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.