An Australian entrepreneur, now based in Durango, wants to change the way cattle herds are managed with health-tracking technology.
David Poussard’s company CattleFit was one of five local companies to pitch investors Thursday at Fort Lewis College as a session of the Southwest Colorado Accelerator Program for Entrepreneurs concludes. The SCAPE is an intensive six-month program that provides $30,000 in seed funding and mentorship in the areas of product development, marketing and finance.
In three years, the program has launched 15 companies that have created 40 new jobs, SCAPE Director Elizabeth Marsh said in an email.
Among the most recent SCAPE companies, CattleFit plans to manufacture wireless ear tags that would track the biometrics of every member of a herd and provide software needed to track the data on mobile devices, Poussard said.
The data will allow ranchers and feedlot operators to identify symptoms of a disease earlier than they can through human observation, he said.