Source: 3C CATTLE FEEDERS, INC. submitted to
IMPROVING THE EFFICIENCY OF FEED USE IN THE CATTLE INDUSTRY
Sponsoring Institution
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Project Status
TERMINATED
Funding Source
Reporting Frequency
Annual
Accession No.
0213686
Grant No.
2008-33610-18893
Project No.
OKLK-2008-00101
Proposal No.
2008-00101
Multistate No.
(N/A)
Program Code
8.3
Project Start Date
Jun 15, 2008
Project End Date
Feb 14, 2009
Grant Year
2008
Project Director
Runyon, C.
Recipient Organization
3C CATTLE FEEDERS, INC.
PO BOX 144
MILL CREEK,OK 74856
Performing Department
(N/A)
Non Technical Summary
While the initial application will be for cattle, the systems developed in this project will be applicable to feeders used for other domestic species including sheep, goats, and domestic hogs. In addition, the systems developed could be used to control gates or other access for animals or objects that are tagged with radio frequency identification systems. This project is designed to increase the economic benefits of specific husbandry practices, improve the competitiveness of U.S. livestock production, enhance the competitiveness of a small, rural employer, and develop a leading technology that is likely to become an industry standard. Quality of life in rural Oklahoma will be enhanced if 3C Cattle Feeders, Inc. can employ more people. 3C Cattle Feeders currently has 12 employees in Mill Creek, Oklahoma.
Animal Health Component
100%
Research Effort Categories
Basic
(N/A)
Applied
100%
Developmental
(N/A)
Classification

Knowledge Area (KA)Subject of Investigation (SOI)Field of Science (FOS)Percent
30233101010100%
Goals / Objectives
The purpose of this phase I SBIR project is to design, develop and test new and improved radio frequency based control systems for cattle creep feeding equipment. This will allow access to the feed only to animals with the appropriate RF ear tag for which the feed is intended so that wildlife, particularly feral hogs and deer, can be excluded from the feed source. The project will result in a marketable and affordable technology to improve the efficiency of feed use in the cattle business.
Project Methods
The power to control access to the feed will be supplied by a solar-energy based device so that it can be powered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. By using such a control system, the health of domestic species will be improved because incentives for both feral hogs and deer to be near livestock feed sources will be eliminated and the interaction between domestic species and wildlife can be reduced, minimizing the risk of diseases from invasive species. Thus, the protection and safety of the Nations agriculture and food supply can be improved at a nominal cost to the rancher. By leveraging and using commercially available technologies, the project will improve the productivity and quality of cattle.

Progress 06/15/08 to 02/14/09

Outputs
OUTPUTS: The purpose of this SBIR project is to develop, optimize and test new and improved radio frequency based control systems for cattle creep feeding equipment. The feasibility of the design and efficacy of the creep feeder has clearly been demonstrated. In the Phase I project, the design jointly developed by 3C Cattle Feeders in Millcreek, OK and its partners showed the ability to control the access of the feeder to the cattle. The feeder allowed access to the feed only to animals with the appropriate RFID ear tag for which the feed is intended and wildlife, particularly feral hogs and deer, were excluded from the feed source. Additional options such were developed to restrict night time feeding which would be more prominent by wildlife. PARTICIPANTS: 3C Cattle Feeders Inc. C. Runyon and C. Carter Oklahoma Manufacturers Alliance Kay Watson Oklahoma State University Ning Wang, A. Dhanasri, D. Tilley and R. Vaidyanathan TARGET AUDIENCES: The target audiences are ranchers and cattle feeder distributors who could benefit from saving the losses from the feed being lost to intrusive species such as feral hogs, deer, raccoons and birds. PROJECT MODIFICATIONS: Nothing significant to report during this reporting period.

Impacts
This project is designed to improve the competitiveness of U.S. livestock production by reducing the cost of providing nutritional supplementation to grazing cattle, improve animal health through reduced disease exposure, enhance the competitiveness of a small, rural employer, and develop a leading technology that is likely to become an industry standard. Quality of life in rural Oklahoma will be enhanced if 3C Cattle Feeders, Inc. can employ more people.

Publications

  • No publications reported this period