Livestock Management: Preliminary Studies in Malaysia
This paper outlined the preliminary studies in Malaysia for livestock management. Livestock area signifies the biggest food industry segment in Malaysia. Self-sufficiency in livestock product such as beef, mutton and dairy product is claimed to be low by the Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) in year 2011. To improve the current Malaysia livestock industry, this paper proposes a better management system especially in handling database of the cattle at Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (MARDI). The objectives of this work are; to propose the attributes for database in four sections involved in livestock management and to propose on the livestock management architecture towards the Good Husbandry Practices (GAHP) as specified in MS2027:2006. A system combining the RFID technology supported with graphical user interface (GUI) is developed using VisualBasic.NET for four sections that are breeding, feedlot-fattening, dairying and slaughtering. User may update the data on the GUI and view existing data collected from the tag, which is then automatically updated at the central database. The data gathered on temperature will be further analyzed for early detection of disease.