When loading and unloading cattle, the choice of "movement assistance device" may affect the loading outcome as well as the end product.
Even for those who enjoyed timely summer rains, the marginal economics of the cattle business and rising feed costs continue to cause nearly everyone to search for ways to do more with less.
As technology advances the range of sensor applications will continue to expand as will the duration of data collection.
Which is more financially advantageous on your ranch if the average is the same, uniformity from top to bottom or bottom-end discounts offset by premiums from top-end excellence?
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.
Imagine how valuable a technology could be in your animal health program that provides a daily list of calves not visiting the feed bunk or water tank in the last 24 hours.
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.
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.