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Mississippi Farm Bureau signs on as BVS network partner


Mississippi Farm Bureau is the newest network partner for Beef Verification Solution (BVS), a comprehensive and confidential information system for livestock data collection, management and communication. As a network partner, Mississippi Farm Bureau will promote and market BVS to their members.


“We’re excited that Mississippi Farm Bureau is joining the program,” Mark Nelson, BVS coordinator said. “They feel BVS is a top-notch turnkey program that will benefit their members.”


BVS is a member-driven program developed by Ag Solutions in conjunction with AgInfoLink, a member of the John Deere FoodOrigins Alliance. The BVS program utilizes radio frequency identification (RFID) technology and is designed to coordinate with and complement other data systems and networks along with communicating compliance data to USDA’s National Animal Identification System (NAIS).


A key attribute of BVS is its flexible data collection system ranging from hand-written Cattle-Cards to BeefLink2 computer software.


“A national animal identification system will be a reality in the next few years and the BVS program will fit well with that,” Nelson said.


“Members can use the data collected in BVS to help them make better herd and animal management decisions, increasing profitability.”


Communication is vital and a key component of the BVS is a private data-sharing network where information collected by each BeefLink2 user is emailed and stored. Limited data needed by NAIS is then forwarded.


In addition, BVS is capable of tracking and communicating the verifiable audit trail required by many source, age or process verified programs.


“Mississippi Farm Bureau members will be one-step ahead by choosing to participate in the BVS program,” Nelson said. “They will benefit by the multiple solutions it offers.”

MSFB Contact:
Mississippi Farm Bureau
Jon Kilgore, Regional Manager, Beef Coordinator Nancy Britt
6311 Ridgewood Road
Jackson, MS 39211
Cell: 601.278.3809

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