Source and age verification in the beef industry is the result of requests by consumers to know where their food is coming from.
Beef producers will be able to use high-frequency electronic identification tags on their 2010 calf crop as part of a pilot project by the North Dakota Beef Cattle Improvement Association. The NDBCIA is initiating the project immediately.
The project is an extension of CalfAID, a U.S. Department of Agriculture process verified program (PVP) that allows producers to source and age verify their calves. The research project is a joint project by the North Dakota State University Dickinson Research Extension Center and NDBCIA.
“Our goal is to have 10,000 calves involved in the project,” says Kris Ringwall, NDBCIA executive secretary and Dickinson REC director. “The investment in data processing will provide producers with a high-frequency electronic identification tag, visual identification tag and document of record regarding source and age verification.”
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