Overview of iFHMS’s functionality:
iFHMS is a world-class individual animal based, feedlot health management program. It allows the feedlot to manage cattle on an individual basis rather than by lot. This functionality enables better health management, which optimizes production and food safety. Sorting individuals also creates an opportunity for better marketing of the finished cattle, increasing feedlot profitability.
Some features that allow this are:
- Seamless bidirectional information transfer between the feedlot and FHMS
- Automated product code additions for new pharmaceuticals
- Automated software updates
- Automated protocol updates
- Automated data transfer to FHMS
- Automated data transmission to and from the CCIA website
Chute side Execution – Cattle Receiving:
- Built in arrival protocols for various categories of cattle include suggested vaccines, prophylactic treatment, and parasite control and performance products. These are based on the gender, weight, history, finished marketing plan and feeding program for a specific group of cattle.
- Real-time IAM sorting capabilities, to sort cattle by age, weight, and other attributes such as breed. This helps the feedlot manage feeding and marketing endpoints to produce a consistent group of desired carcasses.
- Automated assignment of visual feedlot tag colour and number.
- Automated weight input from scale head, national ID input from RFID readers, temperature input from digital thermometers, and data input from other measurement devices.
- Automated control of sort gates or other external devices to help manage sorted groups of cattle.
- Instant Age & Source Verification by having connectivity to the National CCIA Database that houses individual IDs and birthdates. Ultimately a production practice that will be standard in food production and safety around the world.
- The ability to cross-reference multiple tags and animal attributes for identification purposes (such as ATQ tags and USDA metal tags). Eliminating the challenge of lost identity and animal records (treatments, etc.).
- Records all products, routes of administration and quantities, along with procedures such as dentition scoring, recording hide color, or assessing hip height.
Chute side Execution – Animal Treatment:
- Built-in animal treatment protocols generating instructions on how to treat an animal based on individual history, weight, temperature and diagnosis.
- Calculates withdrawal periods for food safety compliance.
- Complete animal event history is available for viewing when treating, to optimize diagnosis, treatment, and selection of destination pen.
- Retagging option is available to replace lost national ID tags.
- Automatic protocol switch to pre-slaughter based on either date, weight, or both.
Movement of Cattle:
- Record and have a history of all individual animal movements.
- Pen moves within the feedlot.
- Lot moves within the feedlot.
- Feedlot transfers to and from other feedlots, while retaining all prior individual animal history.
- Shipments for sale or slaughter.
- Record when, why and where cattle were railed.
Auto-submission by web services to CCIA:
- All arrived animals CCIA tags reported as MOVEIN to the premise ID of the feedlot.
- A cross reference for all replaced CCIA tags (when the original lost CCIA tag is known).
- A RETIRED event for any animals that die while on the premise of the feedlot.
Feedlot Administrative Assistance:
- Accommodates retagging of animals without losing their history.
- Electronic upload of pharmaceutical deliveries from SAVSL into inventory.
- Full pharmaceutical inventory system, including electronic upload of pharmaceutical deliveries into inventory, pricing and product mapping.
- Individual animal carcass data upload.
- Reporting system to analyze and help make better management decisions, such as animal treatment history, pen inventory and lot health summary.
- Export functionality to export data to other databases.
Field Trial Data Collection:
- Fully auditable for field trials which verifies authenticity of data.
- Accommodates re-tagging/re-penning/re-lotting of animals for trial purposes without losing animal history.
The next generation of individual animal data software collection system, ParaDIAM, is currently undergoing development and beta testing.