College of Agricultural, Food, and Environmental Sciences
Agricultural Education and Communication Department
BS in Agricultural Science
Megan Ann Silcott
As time and technology has progressed, precision tracking has led many in the livestock industry to look into the next type of technology available to make their operations more efficient. This technology allows producers to individually track animals, with information ranging from weight, vaccinations used and pasture movements throughout the whole production cycle.
Applying Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology early in the production cycle can show that there is a higher accuracy in traceability that will decrease losses, and incorporate a better management style (Nääs, 2006).
Although this technology is in the initial testing stages in the multiple variations it is being used, most studies conducted have shown that when applied, this technology saves time and effort (Mutenje, 2015). Through this technology, producers would be able see what areas in the production cycle have the highest expenses and then be able to budget costs more efficiently.
Located in San Ardo, California, Livestock Services Inc. (LSI) has been in the beef production industry for over 60 years. With official regulations pushing for the use of RFID technology, LSI needs to evolve and adopt the use of this technology to better serve the industry, while continuing to produce high quality beef. This project will be a trial run to see if the in depth use of this type of technology leads to higher economic margins. The individual data attached to each cattle will then allow for better record keeping throughout the production process at LSI.