Govt Starts Tracking Farm Animals

by Nate Wooley | April 17, 2013 12:31 pm

Govt Starts Tracking Farm Animals

pigs at trough ceos 630 300x225 Govt Starts Tracking Farm Animals[1]A new federal program is attempting to track farm animals as they move around the country.

The new program — from by the U.S. Department of Agriculture — hopes to better monitor and control the spread of disease in animals, Fox News reports[2].

The goal of the program is to be able to maintain a complete database that can connect the animals at each stage from farm to table. The current identification program is a step in that direction, though officials stress that it’s only part of the solution.

“This ensures that healthy animals can continue to move freely to processing facilities, providing a dependable and affordable source for consumers as well as protecting producer’s livelihoods,” a spokeswoman for the USDA said in a statement.

This is the second attempt by the federal government to track and identify all farm animals in the U.S. A 2006 voluntary program was scrapped when farmers complained about the hassle and expense.

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Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: http://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/pigs-at-trough-ceos-630.jpg
  2. Fox News reports: http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2013/04/17/usda-makes-2nd-attempt-with-livestock-id-system-meant-to-help-control-spread/
  3. Say Hello to Food Stamps for Pets: http://investorplace.com/2013/02/say-hello-to-food-stamps-for-pets/
  4. Missing Pennsylvania Dog Found in Texas: http://investorplace.com/2013/01/missing-pennsylvania-dog-found-in-texas/
  5. Tennis Star Buys Up World Supply of Donkey Cheese: http://investorplace.com/2012/12/tennis-star-buys-up-world-supply-of-donkey-cheese/

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