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Wednesday, February 02, 2005
(Via Smartmobs)As animals are loaded onto trucks, an onboard reader collects a time and date stamp, location information using GPS technology, and identification numbers for the site and each individual animal. The data is sent via cell phone to a database. If the cattle are loaded or unloaded in a remote location without cellular service,the information is stored in the onboard computer and automatically transmitted as soon as the truck passes a cell phone tower. On any given day in Kansas, between 400 and 500 trucks are on the road hauling cattle. On average, cattle are shipped four times in their lives.The state has only 1.5 million head of brood cows, but feeds 6 million cattle and slaughters 7 million head of cattle each year, he said. About 5.1 million cattle are shipped into Kansas from elsewhere in the nation."Within 24 hours from either coast, we can have cattle that can arrive in Kansas," Spire said. "What that means is that Kansas is a state at risk for the introduction of potential animal diseases."
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