Alberta Ag Co-operative to showcase technology at 20th Annual Beef Industry Convention
Ontario Feedlots can now access Microbeef Feedlot Technology solutions through United Farmers of Alberta Co-operative Ltd. (UFA).
The technology optimizes feed efficiencies for feedlot producers in addition to offering superior traceability. It is Natural Beef compliant with full traceability with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, United States Department of Agriculture, and the European Union.
“UFA is currently the only organization providing the Microbeef Technology to Canadian feedlots across the country, and has been doing so for the past eight years,” explains Rob Giguere, Vice President AgriBusiness for UFA. “We offer trained service staff who are capable of installing, diagnosing and maintaining all the hardware and software, in addition to having a technically trained team of livestock customer account managers who provide full product knowledge of the Microbeef Technology.”
Simon Cobban, Manager, Feedlot Solutions for UFA says the accountability and traceability are the real benefits to the system. “It records and emails all inventory discrepancies in real time. Through the system’s Feed Bunk Management Technology, it uses a GPS-based paperless truck and bunk system to manage cattle feeding.
That delivery system then schedules loads and calculates routes for the most efficient and accurate delivery of feed to the correct pens. That efficiency translates to cost-savings for feedlot producers,” says Cobban.
While UFA is primarily based in Alberta, it is continually looking for new opportunities to champion progressive technology, says Giguere. “This is just one example of how we are providing solutions to address known gaps in traceability and accountability in the Canadian cattle industry.”
UFA is showcasing the Microbeef Technology at the 20th Annual Beef Industry Convention, presented by the Ontario Cattle Feeders’ Association (OCFA) and the Ontario Corn Fed Beef Program (OCFBP) January 11-13, 2018, at the Best Western Lamplighter Inn & Convention Centre (591 Wellington Rd., London, Ontario). Exhibitors represent all sectors of the beef industry, from animal pharmaceuticals, feed, seed, and farm supply to financial institutions and other ag-related industries.