PLF makes it easy to apply data to the business of producing livestock.
Everyone in the supply chain – from producers to processors – can easily determine which animals are profit makers and which are loss makers.
That information is fed back into the process to help generate continuous, measurable improvement year after year.
Step 1 – To Improve Your Average, Ditch It!
The first step in implementing PLF is a shift in mindset. Instead of focusing on your averages and how to improve them, find out which animals are your best and worst performers.
Averages hide this information, but knowing the phenotype and genotype of your profit makers, what you fed them, what medicines were administered, etc., you can make management decisions based on data. With Triton PLF, you get a ranking. You can easily use automatically generated rankings that compile each individual animal’s performance against more than 200 variables. Here’s an example: Say your lambing average is 120%. This means there are ewes who reproduce zero, one or two lambs. Some may even deliver three.
To shift the average, you’ll need a graph showing your herd’s bell curve. Using Triton PLF, you can see that 20% of ewes produce zero lambs, 40% produce one and 40% produce two lambs. By culling the 20% non-reproducing ewes, your lambing average shoots up to 150%!
The same principles apply for health, growth, mortality, feed conversion and many other performance indicators. With Triton PLF you get the data necessary to quickly and easily identify your best and worst performing animals with a click of a button and view on your PC, tablet or smarphone.
Step 2 – Use Unique Identifiers to Capture and Record Data
Using RFID or EID ear tags or boluses, it’s easy to scan each animal. Information is automatically uploaded to its own cloud-based digital record, which holds the animal’s complete history. Up to 200 different measures – for example, pedigree, weight, medication, feed, health, fertility – can be captured.
Step 3 – Capture Data The Easy Way
The handheld connected reader (HCR) makes data capture a breeze. It’s a weatherproof smartphone with a built-in RFID reader that can connect to your drafters or any other livestock scanning equipment via the ConnectBox. A simple-to-use, intuitive touch screen guides the user through various data capturing options. Over 200 different attributes can be recorded for each animal.
The HCR transmits all that data directly to the cloud. Each animal’s secure record is instantly updated and the information is ready to be retrieved when you’re back at your desktop PC – or from your smartphone or tablet. No more memory sticks or docking your recording device to upload information.
In case you farm in an area with scant mobile coverage, the HCR has an on-board database which stores information. When the device is back in range, your data is automatically uploaded.
The HCR also lets you download the cloud-based record of any animal in your holding. This is very convenient for tending sick animals or weaners who’ve lost their mother.
Step 4 – Buy and Sell
Using the ConnectBox, the HCR connects with your drafter and allows you to control your drafter or cattle crunch. Create mobs that meet your exact criteria for age, gender, fat, weight and more. Generate computer-checked vendor declarations. Dispatch mobs to the processor or any other destination. All dispatch records are created in real-time and a securely stored backup is available for the next ten years.
Step 5 – Get Individual Carcase Feedback from Processors
Triton PLF connects with processors using Triton Processor software or other third party software to automatically feed individual carcase kill-out data back to your software. Down to the animal, you know which performed best and can begin to build a database of information that reveals which feeds, genotypes, farming practices, etc. lead to optimum performance.
This connects the livestock information supply chain like never before.