EU to unveil plans for cattle EID

THE European Commission has confirmed it will be putting forward a proposal for electronic identification (EID) in cattle to replace the current system of ear tagging.

The plans have been discussed for a number of years at at last week’s Paris ‘Salon de l’Agriculture’ the Directorate General for Health and Consumers (DG SANCO) said the plans would be put forward later this year.

It would replace the current plastic tagging system and would see the cattle sector follow its colleagues in sheep in adopting the electronic system.

Bernard Van Goethem, director for the Animal Health and Welfare (DG SANCO), said: “Including bovines in our traceability programme will be a major step in our activities in 2011.

“Traceability helps to ensure the highest possible levels of food safety and hygiene. It is vital in preventing the spread of foot-and-mouth disease, Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), and classical swine fever. In addition, traceability ensures food quality and taste via accurate labelling.”

The Commission said switching to EID would simplify the current procedures and reduce the administrative burden on farmers as well as increasing the competitiveness of the sector by offering a potential farm management tool.

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  • Who has backscratched the eu then?
    JOBS FOR THE BOYS THAT IS ALL ITS ABOUT

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  • "Traceability helps to ensure the highest possible levels of food safety and hygiene. It is vital in preventing the spread of foot-and-mouth disease, Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), and classical swine fever. In addition, traceability ensures food quality and taste via accurate labelling."

    Nothing but the fallacious reasoning of control freaks.

    "You vil do what vee tell you!"

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  • It's easy to play the anti Europe game again with this. But here, it's wrong; A good idea is a good idea, no matter where it comes from. I don't want to live a major food crisis again. Do you?

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  • whats needed is an affordable chip put into each animal just like my new pup and leave the ear tag for management purposes. my experince with electronic tags staying in sheep is not good.

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  • Tagging sheep and cattle lwith chips under the skin was vetoed by the meat trade as it was felt that consumers would react if they found a microchip in their meat - and supposedly the chips can move about the animal after insertion. Of course the slaughter houses could scan the carcase for chips but that would increase their costs and the carcase would be devalued while the chip was 'dug out'. Of couse, if the industrywere to offer a £10,000 reward for finding a chip in your steak, finding a chip would not be a problem to the avarage consumer and indeed may promote sales of meat.

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  • We have used EID in Cattle for 3 yrs ,Its makes it easy to read the corect tag number on cattle with hairy ears.And we make less mistakes

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  • Having now "NO" vested interest in annimal id in any form the adoption of RFID for bovine makes sense for many reasons. The cost versus value makes electronic tagging more viable. Tha animal size makes reading through markets, Slaughter, transport that much simpler. The reduction in paper work can be reduced to a minimum. Some 10 years ago we demontrated how simple electronic tagging in bovine could be and how payback could be gained. I do hope that the beef industry will not take up the stance that the sheep industry took and loose valuable time in implementing, whislt there foreign competitors march ahead.

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  • In principle i didn't disagree with electronic tagging in sheep however after my tagging costs have doubled i am a 'little' sceptical about who is benefitting from all this. That and we were assured that electronic readers were going to start at a reasonable price and i hardly find £400 reasonable. My concern is that all these new regulations end up costing me money to no benefit to me.

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