Further evidence with regard to the growing use of technology within the livestock sector has come with the news that the Co Tyrone-based red-meat processor Linden Foods has confirmed that its Linden Livestock website (www.lindenlivestock.com) is now fully interactive.

This will allow producer members to communicate with the company online at any time. The company has confirmed to AgriLand that the updated site will be used to further its aims regarding the development of  value-added calf-to-beef systems, which the company has helped to pioneer over recent years.

“In the first instance, farmers can now join the producer club simply by visiting the site,” confirmed Linden supply chain manager Frank Foster.

“Once supplied with his or her unique username and password, each member can visit his or her unique area within the site. Access in this way will allow them register cattle for our Aberdeen Angus, Hereford and Rosé Veal schemes.

“This facility also ensures that animals are registered into our bonus schemes and when brought into the factory for slaughter they will receive the bonus available.

“Courtesy of ongoing upgrades of the site, it is also our intention to provide members with kill weights and other relevant information regarding cattle they have submitted for slaughter.”

Foster went on to point out that timely technical information will be posted throughout the year on the new site, as will be changes to Linden’s customer’s specifications. Information on any change in bonuses will be made apparent and carcase data will be continually monitored with all noticeable seasonally trends publicised.

He continued: “Relevant farming news surrounding the factory locally and nationally will be featured regularly, thereby helping to keep producers up to date with issues affecting the farming industry.”

Registering for the Linden Producer club is an extremely straightforward process. Farmers should simply visit the new site, click on to the ‘Become a Member’ section and follow the simple instructions featuring on that page.

“New members will be emailed their username and password details,” Foster further explained.

He concluded: “We would ask farmers to take some time out and visit the site over the coming days. It has been developed as a beneficial tool, thereby helping to ensure a progressive future for local farmers.

“We are also looking forward to comments and feedback from our producers to develop the site to meet their needs.

For further information, contact the Linden Livestock team.

Pictured Linden Foods’ Frank Foster and Ian Newport from Armagh