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New Mexico Livestock Board Animal Identification Project. Project Completion Report June 25, 2008. New Mexico Livestock Board: Project Team. Myles Culbertson Sam Wilson Dorothy Martinez Ron Hofius Julie G auman. Project Objectives.

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New mexico livestock board animal identification project

New Mexico Livestock BoardAnimal Identification Project

Project Completion ReportJune 25, 2008

New mexico livestock board project team
New Mexico Livestock Board:Project Team

Myles Culbertson

Sam Wilson

Dorothy Martinez

Ron Hofius

Julie Gauman

Project objectives
Project Objectives

Replace paper system for inspecting livestock transactions.

Provide capability to trace livestock source, movement, and herd intermingling for prevention of disease spread.

Meet USDA requirements for Premises Registration and individual animal ID, including electronic (RFID).

Automate integration between billing/collections activity and back-end accounting systems.

Project scope
Project Scope

Automate the livestock inspections performed by approximately 70 inspectors distributed over the entire state of New Mexico.

Develop a data repository for interface with USDA and other partners, and to integrate with SHARE.

Budget vs actual
Budget vs. Actual

Overall project budget: $868.311

Overall Project Actual: $899,557

Overall Holdback: $(31,246)

Performance against objectives
Performance against Objectives

System is in place. Paper systems have been replaced by electronic system populating an in-house data repository.

Integration with SHARE is in place. Daily SHARE queries are imported into system. System outputs SHARE Journal Entry information.

Livestock movement data is captured at the herd/brand level including GPS coordinate information. This lays a strong foundation for animal traceback. Additional in-house efforts continue toward this objective.

Premises registration, disease testing (including individual animal RFID information), and the development of a USDA certified Animal Tracking Database are ongoing in-house efforts now at the NMLB, and integrate with and rely upon this project.

Impact on doit infrastructure
Impact on DoIT Infrastructure

Users work locally on their Toughbooks and sync small amounts of text-based data, mostly in the evenings from home.

NMLB has hired two FTE to support and continue the development of related systems.

NMLB has its own data center housing these systems, but may request services from DoIT to provide off site data backup.

Challenges lessons learned
Challenges / Lessons Learned

  • Initial project was planned without I.T. staff.

    Given the scope, we should have anticipated the need for I.T. Personnel from the beginning.

  • Vendor went out of business before a final set of features / bug-fixes could be implemented.

    Completed key features in-house, particularly integration with SHARE and our preexisting in-house brand database.

  • Project began prior to NMLB being incorporated in to state vouchering system.

    Vendor relationship was strained when our procurement rules changed and we had difficulty paying them or moving forward with planned enhancements. This was solved by increased use of in-house personnel and Save Smart vendors.