LIVESTOCK Exchange started rolling out the traceability system, stockIT, to 16 Australian Agricultural Company (AACo) properties in December 2011 and is aiming to have 600,000-plus head on the system by the end of 2012.
Livestock Exchange is Australia's largest livestock traceability system integrator and is the major supplier of NLIS software to Australian saleyards, livestock agents, and the pastoral houses, Elders and Landmark.
AACo livestock operations coordinator for stations and feedlots, Greg Zillman, said AACo used stockIT because it allowed the company to put fertility pressure on females and kilograms produced demand on males to produce more calves and put on more weight .
Livestock Exchange operations manager Anna Speer said the stockIT product was designed with three key features in mind:
(i) To easily of capture accurate, crush-side performance data without affecting the speed of commercial operations.
(ii) The ability to enter data in multiple locations simultaneously.
(iii) The ability to report on that data to make performance-based decisions on individual animals.
"Practical, portable, powerful, stockIT allows users to make informed, real-time decisions in the field to im-prove enterprise profitability based on individual animal performance data," Ms Speer said.
"We have completed a number of training sessions and now have 50 Getac ruggardised laptops throughout AACo's stock camps, delivering the ability to capture data, analyse it and make decisions crush-side or in the yards."
Ms Speer has plenty of experience in the cattle industry, spending six years working in stock camps for Consolidated Pastoral Co including three years as the company's stud registrar at Newcastle Waters in the NT.
Newcastle Waters converted its system to stockIT at the beginning of 2008.
In January 2010, Ms Speer joined the Livestock Ex-change team.
During 2010 Ms Speer was the project leader for Livestock Exchange on be-half of MLA/Livecorp in the implementation of the technology systems and procedures in Egypt associated with reopening live exports to the country.
"Livestock Exchange has now developed software for all participants in the livestock value chain, with the exception of abattoirs, and have established a North American footprint, taking Australian technology into their industry," she said.
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