by BETTER FARMING STAFF
The federal government has committed another $1.6 million to help the Canadian Cattle Identification Agency to implement a traceability system for Canadian cattle.
The agency has been working closely with auction marts across the country to test multiple Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) systems that can track the movement of livestock. With the bulk of this new money, the agency will continue to explore the feasibility and benefits of linking the RFID system to the auction mart's existing computer systems.
The remainder of the money will be used to evaluate the accuracy of the data currently being tracked and identify ways to improve the process of distributing tags.
To date, the federal government has committed $4.45 million toward the agency's traceability project. BF