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with RFID technology their feed
effi ciency can be determined. How
this works is the bulls wear an identifi
cation necklace so when they
walk through the sensor to get to
the grain the bull is weighed. Then
the bull eats and the amount he eats
is weighed. They use this data to
determine the bull’s feed effi ciency.
The challenges between each
generation of agriculturists change
dramatically. What was an issue in
the 1940s may no longer affect the
breeders of today on a daily basis.
However, the struggles we face
today are just as signifi cant as they
were 75 years ago. For example,
there is an increased amount of
public attention to animal welfare
today. Now, we have guidelines on
how to handle these animals, so
there is more product, better product
and it’s safer for the animals.
Although Beef Quality Assurance
(BQA) isn’t a technology, it is a
program designed to help us learn
how to produce higher quality
animals more effi ciently. BQA provides
a set of guidelines that gives
cattle producers a protocol regarding
how to handle their animals
without stressing them out, so they
don’t lose weight and the product
is the highest quality it can be. It
also offers the most humane methods
for handling cattle, which is
the right thing to do.
Because technology is always
advancing, so is agriculture. While
we still have many of the same
struggles that have always been a
concern, many aspects of agriculture
have advanced tremendously.
Some may argue that technology is
overcomplicating the reproductive
process, but I would say that technology
has simplifi ed beef breeding
practices. By improving our conception
rate we have increased our
profi tability and sustainability by
making it more available for breeders
to have access to high quality
genetics. Technology in agriculture,
more specifi cally beef breeding,
has come along way!
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