Chute-side Image Capture and Interpretation System

August 2010 – Following extensive field and lab testing, the Systems Review Committee of the Ultrasound Guidelines Council (UGC) has approved the BIA-Pro-Plus as an UGC-Certified chute-side image capture and interpretation system. Developed by Designer Genes Technologies, Inc., BIA-Pro-Plus is now available for use through International Livestock Image Analysis (ILIA), a UGC-member lab.   The key attribute of the BIA-Pro-Plus system is the automated, chute-side interpretation of intramuscular fat, rib fat, and ribeye area. This feature will allow the technician to instantly know if the captured image is of sufficient quality to permit accurate interpretation; thus virtually eliminating cases of animals not receiving data due to rejected images. When necessary, the system also allows for technicians to interact with the automated system to improve the accuracy of image interpretation. To use this new system, ultrasound technicians must be certified as both UGC-Field and UGC-Lab Technicians using the BIA-Pro-Plus software. The BIA-Pro-Plus system makes it possible for technicians to submit ultrasound data directly to UGC-member breed associations. It is important to note that UGC-member breed associations make their own policies regarding how images are received from UGC-member labs. Decisions on if and how breeds will accept data collected by the BIA-Pro-Plus system must be made on a breed by breed basis.   The Ultrasound Guidelines Council (UGC), instituted and overseen by the U.S. Beef Breeds Council, administers the certification of both field and laboratory technicians to collect and interpret carcass ultrasound images (intramuscular fat, rib fat, ribeye area, and rump fat) on beef cattle. UGC also supervises the certification of the various systems that are used to collect and interpret these images.  Beef cattle breed associations use the ultrasound data in the computation of Expected Progeny Differences (EPD) for breeding cattle. The purpose of UGC is to insure data collected from beef cattle using ultrasound technology for use in genetic evaluations are of the highest quality and accuracy.  For more information, please contact Mike Tess (UGC Executive Director) (Ph: 406-581-9071 or Fax: 406-585-4685).

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