Renaissance Ultrasound Blog

May 8, 2010

Scanning Cows is Big Business

Filed under: Ultrasound — Leslie @ 10:38 am

I know first hand that there is a demand for sonographers who are versed in veterinary scanning, I am constantly on a quest for qualified personnel to provide ultrasound system training (please contact me if you are looking for per diem work), but I had no idea that conducting ultrasound scans on cattle is not only a growing business, but that there are certification programs available.  There is a class in Arkansas from June 20-25th, in case you are ready for this new challenge.

Renaissance happily provides ultrasound training services for humans, but if you are going into the cattle business, I defer to the experts at  Technicians receive ultrasound training to scan various parts of the bovine carcass to collect the data and determine what type of offspring will be birthed.

According to Shari Beamish, Founder of UltraBeef Ultrasound Services, “CUP stands for Certified Ultrasound Processing. The National CUP Lab and Technology
Center prides itself in being the “unbiased third party” and is based out of Ames, Iowa. CUP trains and certifies field technicians to capture images on three areas of the animal. The four carcass measurements include Rump Fat, Ribeye Area, 12th-13th Rib Fat Thickness, and Percent Intramuscular Fat. After the scan session, the images are sent to the lab in Ames where they are interpreted and cross-referenced by experienced employees in the lab. They guarantee interpretation to be finished in 7 working days but usually average only 2-3 days turn-around time. The results can then be sent back to the producer, or to the appropriate breed association for further analyzing.”

It sounds like the right ultrasound system for this scan would be a portable GE Logiq Book or a durable Sonosite, both of which we can provide on-site ultrasound training for,  but you need to produce your own bovine ultrasound certification.

Breeding the right kind of cow ensures profitability for the farmer, and a tasty meal for us carnivores!

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