Cattlemen support animal tracking

Osahen, Sharon
June 2004
Southeast Farm Press;6/2/2004, Vol. 31 Issue 15, p26
Trade Publication
When it comes to protecting animal-based foods, knowing an animal's past is essential. And farmers, industry and government officials are developing a way to track it. The U.S. Animal Identification Plan will allow, officials to trace all animals and locations potentially exposed to an animal with a foreign disease within 48 hours of discovery. Once in place, it will track animals from the farm to the table. The plan requires animals be given an identification number at birth. Black says state livestock officials seem to prefer electronic identification, which uses radio frequency chips. A number of companies make them, but the chips aren't compatible.


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