Tagging Cattle

By: Meryl Conant
By: Meryl Conant

There is a national program in the works which will help protect us from mad-cow or diseases terrorists bring into the county.

The National Animal Identification System will let authorities identify, and isolate, all animals which have had direct contact with a diseased cow within 48 hours.

"It's a program intended to allow us to track every animal that goes into our food system," explained Tom Stanley with the Virginia Cooperative Extension.

But farmers will have to foot some of the bill, most likely $1 to $3 per animal. There's also the concern over privacy. But Stanley is confident both are a small price to pay.

"It assures our relationship with the consumer and allows us to go with confidence to the consumer that 'yes, we know where this food product came from,'" Stanley added.

So far the program is voluntary and will take years to be fully implemented and then possibly become mandatory.


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