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Rick Worthington Cattle Traceability
by Rick Worthington, click here for bio

Program: Farm and Ranch Report
Date: November 01, 2018

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Cattle Traceability

In keeping up with the demands of food security the ability to trace cattle movement in the event of a disease outbreak has been made more apparent.

Kansas formed the Kansas Strategic Agriculture Growth Initiative, to identify cattle disease traceability as a top priority for the beef industry.

With this in mind, collaborations across the cattle industry will be conducting a pilot livestock traceability project entitled Cattle Trace.

Among the collaborators will be the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Greg Ibach, USDA undersecretary explains how they are looking at traceability differently than before.

In early 2018, the Cattle Trace collaborators began working to develop a purpose-built infrastructure to track cattle movement through the supply chain. Cattle Trace will utilize ultra-high frequency technologies to collect the minimal data necessary, including an individual animal identification number, a GPS location, and date and time, in order to track animals in the event of a disease outbreak. Tag readers will be located at livestock markets, feed yards and beef processors. Movement data collection will begin in fall 2018, and the project will continue for approximately two years.

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