AgriNous Partnering With RLX
Australia’s biggest saleyard group Regional Livestock Exchange has selected AgriNous as its technology partner for the 3 million head of livestock sold through its facilities each year.
Bill Cameron, from AAMIG which operates RLX as part of its ag portfolio, said after extensive research into software options, including the possibility of designing and running their own system, AgriNous had won them over with its efficient, knowledgeable, and practical approach to livestock transactions.
“There wasn’t a product in the world we didn’t look at including in Canada, the US, UK and New Zealand, as what we are doing requires a big investment and we wanted to make sure we got it right,’’ Mr Cameron said.
“AgriNous kept coming up as the best option, and we are excited to be working with them.’’
RLX owns and operates some of the largest saleyards in the Eastern States of Australia, including at Carcoar, Tamworth, Singleton and Inverell in NSW; Barnawartha, Ballarat and Camperdown in Victoria; and at Gracemere in Queensland.
Last financial year these centres handled more than 820,000 cattle and 2.3 million sheep and lambs. RLX also manages charity sales and special livestock events, such as this year’s commercial cattle competition and auction at Rockhampton Beef Expo.
Mr Cameron said with such a big and diverse business they needed a program that could be used across multiple sites and by a range of staff, including drovers on horseback.
“The AgriNous package is very versatile and being cloud based it can be used anywhere as no on-site infrastructure is required, which was particularly important to us.
We wanted to move away from having computer servers at different saleyards, as they are costly and require constant maintenance as well as needing to be replaced periodically.
“The modern technology AgriNous has used to build its software makes it very flexible and efficient and we can see endless possibilities as we won’t be restricted in any way in terms of technology.’’
Being responsible for thousands of livestock transactions per week, Mr Cameron said it was vital the programs they used could be quickly updated to meet changing industry rules and compliance.
“AgriNous is an Australian based operation and they have shown an excellent understanding of both the saleyard and stock agency businesses – they really know what is going on within the industry.
“It means they are very responsive and proactive on regulatory compliance. And being cloud based they can release software updates instantly’’.
Mr Cameron said different saleyard designs meant they way stock were handled and moved through the sale process could vary, and they needed programs that could be tweaked to suit.
“The work flows AgriNous have built into their programs are very efficient, but they are also easy to change if we need to customise something to suit a certain auction or saleyard site,’’ he said.
“And the team at AgriNous is prepared to work with other companies to connect data for the benefit of everyone in the industry, which also gives us a lot of options going forward and we are excited for what could be explored and achieved in the future for RLX and the whole supply chain.’