Partners in the Kansas-based cattle traceability pilot project have officially established CattleTrace as a not-for-profit corporation. According to CattleTrace Board Chairman Brandon Depenbusch, who works for Innovative Livestock Services, this was an important step to providing the necessary security to ensure cattle movement data is safe.
“Producer privacy and data security are critical components of a disease traceability system,” he said.
Joining Depenbusch on the CattleTrace Board of Directors are Vice Chairman Tom Jones with Hy-Plains Feedyard of Montezuma, Mike Samples with Farmers & Ranchers Livestock of Salina, Ken Stielow with Bar S Ranch at Paradise and Mark Gardiner with Gardiner Angus Ranch near Ashland.
Cooperators volunteering to participate in the two-year pilot project include beef processors, feedyards, auction markets and cow-calf producers. Tyson, Cargill, National Beef and U.S. Premium Beef all will participate. Feedyards agreeing to be part of the project are Green Plains Cattle Company, Hy-Plains Feedyard, Finney County Feedyard, Midwest Feeders, NA Timmerman, Cow Camp Beef, Innovative Livestock Services, Fairleigh Feed Yard, High Choice Feeders, Heritage Beef, Pratt Feeders and Poky Feeders. Livestock market cooperators are Farmers & Ranchers Livestock, Winter Livestock in Dodge City, Winter Livestock in Pratt, Mankato Livestock, LaCrosse Livestock Market and the Manhattan Commission Company.
Depenbusch said the focus now turns to installation of technology at the packer, feedyard and livestock market facilities. Further recruitment of cow-calf producers is taking place as well. Ranchers who do business with one of the cooperating feedyards or auction markets are encouraged to consider participating.
CattleTrace will collect the minimal data necessary for disease traceability, including date, time, individual animal identification number and location each time an animal’s tag is read. About 55,000 Kansas calves are expected to be tagged for the project. For more information, go to www.cattletrace.org.