As technology advances the range of sensor applications will continue to expand as will the duration of data collection.
New research highlights the ability of behavior monitoring to predict disease while enhancing health outcomes and making the pen rider's job easier.
The advancements in technology and handling of data privacy we are currently witnessing provide a useful structure to look at options for a traceable beef product.
The number of sensor based technologies available to livestock producers continues to advance. Today there are machines and sensors being used to replicate human observation related to sight, sound and even smell.
Lessons learned from the pandemic marketing year suggest a decision structure built on gathering the most relevant data while minimizing the noise of the uncontrollable.
Cattlemen may someday use technology such as drones to digitize pasture management addressing variable pasture conditions and labor needed to develop actionable data-driven grazing management plans.
For technology to have value, it must be predictive in both the sick and healthy to minimize treating healthy calves and find those sick calves early.
As many operations look to navigate the challenges imposed by Covid-19, it seems timely to consider the value of a system built around optionality.