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Beef Buzz News


Electronic ID of Cattle- Still Looking for Traction

Thu, 14 Jan 2010 5:51:42 CST

Electronic ID of Cattle- Still Looking for Traction Five years ago, electronic animal ID was very much in the news. The federal government had put it on a fast track in the wake of the discovery of BSE 14 months earlier. The Joplin Regional Stockyards was at the cutting edge of the effort to figure out ways to ID cattle at the speed of commerce and had already installed the equipment that could read electronic ID tags as cattle were unloaded at the sale barn - and then loaded out after the sale - and they were holding special sales for those cattle. A lot of cattle industry folks made the trip to far southwest Missouri to observe what they were doing.


As we begin 2010, Joplin Regional Livestock Auction Co-owner Jackie Moore says the Joplin market is still holding those special sales for electronically IDíd cattle, but the premiums are disappointing to many producers.


We look at then and now on today's Beef Buzz, and see how things are going at the speed of commerce, as well as consider reports that there might be a few signs of life left in the National Animal Identification System, as the industry has been able to get on common ground and offer some ideas of how to make a national ID program workable for the cattle industry.


The Beef Buzz is a regular feature heard on radio stations around the state on the Radio Oklahoma Network- but is also a regular audio feature found on this website as well. Click on the listen bar below for today's show- and check out our archives for older Beef Buzz shows covering the gamut of the beef cattle industry today.



   
    

Ron Hays Beef Buzzes with Jackie Moore of the Joplin Regional Stockyards
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