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Mobile application to assist in feedlot cattle selection
To help the cattle buying team make the best purchase decisions at the largest meat processing company in the world, AbacusBio is developing a cross-platform software application that maximises data extraction from past performance records of purchased cattle.
JBS Australia buys cattle almost exclusively directly from farmers using their own team of cattle buyers spread across the Australian eastern seaboard, rather than through saleyards.
With a capacity for around 150,000 cattle on feed at any one time on their five feedlots located in Queensland and New South Wales, thousands of feeder cattle have to be purchased weekly to restock feedlots; the estimated feedlot turnoff in 2014 was around 395,000 head.
Traditionally, vendor selection indexes (VSI) are calculated for each vendor on various traits such as carcass value, marbling, average daily gain, and saleable meat yield.
These VSI scores are based on previously recorded performance of cattle passing through the feedlots, and are also used for inventory management and turnoff optimisation.
The application provides a centralised way of storing cattle performance data across multiple devices such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops, which offers some great functionality features.
One of the most helpful features is the ability for JBS buyers to easily perform a comparison analysis of VSI performance across different vendors on the fly.
Being able to access a vendor's VSI data in a mobile application when on a vendor's property improves the relationship between JBS buyers and vendors, and also has some really helpful aspects, for instance, feedback can be readily provided to vendors.
It’s a win-win situation for both vendors and JBS in terms of working together to ensure best quality in their animals.