About AHD

The Animal Health Data - AHD (ABN 55 065 153 540) is an online service offered to feedlots service providers (Veterinaries) and feedlots that:

1 Provides weekly health status monitoring based on rolling populations, including a "Dashboard" styled critical control point display. This status monitoring provides a "live" method of tracking animal health and if any aspects are in urgent need of attention.
2 Provides reports on lot closeout health and production performance where each lot can be compared. These reports augment the standard close out reporting by stratifying morbidity and mortality results by cause, and applying a total animal health cost metric to closed out lots. Feedlot production performance is captured at the feedlot level, and lots are ranked based on close out health and performance. There are many charts, tables and graphs demonstrating different close out metrics, and standardised industry market categories are represented.
3 Provides reports on slaughter performance on the basis of MSA grading data and MSA index and other slaughter data. This data is aligned by individual animal records to allow easy correlations between feedlot health and performance to slaughter grading, as well as any slaughter diseases and defects. This information is very powerful in identifying any trends in pre-feedlot health conditions that may not be detected at induction.
4 Industry wide benchmarking where individual feedlots can compare themselves within company groups and against similar feedlots for market categories, regions, size and other classes. These benchmarking reports are provided anonymously to ensure individual identities are protected. Individual feedlots are also provided with historical performance for the key health and performance metrics for internal benchmarking purposes. Automated email reporting can be generated weekly, monthly and/or quarterly.
5 Vendor performance analysis by in depth statistical algorithms that compares individual vendors over time with other vendors to determine comparative cost of livestock purchase decisions. What might appear as well priced livestock may in fact be very expensive when all health costs and performance outcomes are considered. Through the analysis algorithms vendors are given a performance risk value of high, medium or low. Feedlot operators may utilise this data to modify purchasing grids.
6 Vendor feedback where vendors are provided performance feedback on their supplied livestock, this includes MSA and other slaughter data along with the feedlot performance and health data. The idea is those producers that are good performers are recognised for their superior livestock and those that are poor performers are informed about areas that need improvement. Individual producers may also use the data to guide sire selection or other reproductive decisions.
7 Unstructured problems solving service through the use of R and R studio integrated into all of the Animal Health Data databases. This offering provides feedlots a service to answer issues that are raised related to health and performance include relationships to chiller assessment and MSA grading outcoming.
8 Cost of production benchmarking that uses industry nominal costs and units of labour compared to each feedlot's pre-set costs. This provides both industry benchmarking as well as individual lot and market category cost of production.
9 Disease reporting that links slaughter disease records to the feedlot health records. This information shows the instances of disease that were identified at slaughter with health records from the feedlot. This includes diseases such as Liver Fluke, which can then be passed back to the vendors though the vendor feedback.

Key Benefits

  • Unique benchmarking capability that is based on data from the major Australian feedlots consisting of over 700,000 head on feed.
  • Analysis and reporting based of rolling populations made up of individual animal records as well as close out data records.
  • Long term reliability - Animal Health Data has been collecting and benchmarking feedlot industry data for more than 10 years.
  • Large amount of historic data for comparison - with more than 10 years of data.
  • Can be used for a basis of feedlot economic analysis.
  • Automated collection of disease and defect data from slaughter linked to feedlot health and vendors.
  • Custom query capability to ask one off complex questions, such as drug efficacy analysis against cost effectiveness.
  • Access to eDEC NVDs, NFAS delivery dockets and MSA declarations directly from the AHD dashboard.
  • Truck arrival and exit data collection.
  • Automated data collection with automated linkage to MSA and NLIS (through feedlot authorisation only).
  • Automated weekly Critical Control Point (CCP) emails and monthly benchmarking reports providing quick snapshots of animal health.
  • More than 500 different reporting charts and data summary exports, with the ability to custom create specific charts relative to the feedlot requirements.
  • Complex and unstructured analysis through integration with R and R studio.
  • Several users have the ability to log in, with a number of different user levels that is easily managed.
  • Simple and easy to use .csv import function for data files containing animal health data from feedlots/vendors.