Business Day: Wider use tipped for animal tagging scheme

Claire McEntee writes in Business Day about a tracking system, already used for cattle and deer, which could be expanded to other disease-prone animals including pigs and horses.

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“The software could include disease-risk information for potential buyers.

“It could also be used to provide information on the fat content of animals and any physical conditions they have such as lameness to show compliance with “minimum carcass condition” requirements of markets such as the European Union.

“Farmers could record their “animal status declarations” in the software which, for example, are used to assure meat processors that animals have not been treated with antibiotics in a certain time period leading up to slaughter.”