Beef industry benefits from breakthrough
Sensors detect ailing, stressed animals
David Finlayson, The Edmonton Journal
EDMONTON – A made-in-Alberta world-first in cattle health monitoring will make the industry more efficient and less disease prone, producers heard Wednesday.
New technology developed at Alberta Research Council uses remote sensors and wireless transmitters to send real-time information on individual animals back to a central computer at a ranch or feedlot.
That allows early intervention on sick or stressed animals that is so critical in preventing costly treatment or even death, said Lloyd Osler, president of Ovistech, the Edmonton company that adapted its human pandemic surveillance software for use in cattle.