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X Box camera to improve cattle producers overall market compliance

The cameras will reconstruct their image and assess the animals for their live traits such as frame score, muscle score and fat.
X Box camera to improve cattle producers overall market compliance

In the era where technology has become so popular and life has become so used to with cameras, research and experts concludes that gaming technologies to be a beneficial medium to bring improvements in livestocks.

Livestock research officer with NSW DPI Brad Walmsley said helping cattle producers meet the market specifications would improve profitability.

"In two studies done in the last two or three years we’ve found that on average the non-compliance rate for hot standing carcase weight and pH fat is somewhere between 10 and 20 per cent, and in one data set for a long-fed market we actually found the non-compliance rate to a minimum marble score of two was 70 per cent," Dr Walmsley said.

"(That’s costing) somewhere around $35 dollars per carcase in the data sets and the data sets are around 20,000 animals so $35 for 20,000 animals."The cameras will reconstruct their image and assess the animals for their live traits such as frame score, muscle score and fat.

Dr Walmsley said a simple X Box camera might be a way cattle producers can objectively assess their cattle which could ultimately improve their overall market compliance.

To help graziers accurately and objectively assess carcases for live cattle the DPI is working on a research project to use X Box cameras in the yards to record 3D information on the animals."The cameras will reconstruct their image and assess the animals for their live traits such as frame score, muscle score and fat," Dr Walmsley said.
 

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