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Applications of Remote Sensing Technology in Ranching Operations

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  1. Applications of Remote Sensing Technology in Ranching Operations Brandon England

  2. Applications of remote sensing technology • Soil test to determine nutrient deficiencies in pasture or rangeland • Using the greenseeker for N recommendations on winter wheat pasture • Aerial photography for land evaluation • Tagging cattle for tracking and record purposes • Putting GPS on cattle to evaluate land usage by cattle • Ultrasound to detect pregnancy in purebred operations • Carcass evaluation on live cattle using ultrasound technology for packers and producers

  3. Soil Test • Good starting point • Potential increased production • Determine if liming would be profitable

  4. Greenseeker • Maximize production from winter wheat pastures • Increase grain yield • Remove at first hollow stem

  5. Aerial Photography • Evaluating effectiveness of management practices • Locating water sources for use in determining proper pasture rotation. • Identifying different soil type locations for management decisions

  6. Aerial Photography

  7. Tags and Microchips • Tracking • Record keeping • Identification • NAIS • Scoring Ag, Cattle Max

  8. GPS • Track cattle movement and grazing • Site assessment • Management decisions

  9. An cleaner easier preg check • Pie 200 SLC Scanner • Beneficial to purebred producers • Quick, easy, and accurate preg check

  10. Carcass Composition and Quality 1. Backfat (subcutaneous fat) determination 2. Rump fat determination 3. Loin eye muscle area 4. Muscle quality by intramuscular fat estimation Performance Evaluation 1. Sort feeder cattle into uniform production groups 2. Estimate quality potential of young cattle 3. Estimate days on full feed required for quality endpoints Carcass evaluation on the hoof

  11. Links • http://www.cattlemax.com/ • http://www.nass.usda.gov/research/atlas02/index.html • http://www.nass.usda.gov/Charts_and_Maps/Cattle/index.asp • http://southwestfarmpress.com/news/farming_gps_helps_resolve/index.html

  12. Questions?