Uruguay Increasing Herd's Traceability

AUSTRALIA - Uruguay’s Animal Identification and Registry System (SIRA) has already identified 2.1 million cattle, 17% of the country’s 12 million national herd, since it was implemented on 1 September 2006.
calendar icon 19 July 2007
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This is Uruguay’s first step in providing traceability for its entire cattle herd by 2011.

Individual electronic cattle identification will allow Uruguayan producers to comply with requirements set by the EU for Hilton quota (high quality beef) cuts from 1 March 2010. Uruguay’s Ministry of Cattle, Agriculture and Fisheries believes they have an advantage over close competitors, such as Brazil and Argentina, as a result of having a smaller herd, which makes it easier to implement full electronic traceability.

To complement SIRA, Uruguay’s National Meat Institute released an electronic control system for cattle slaughter – the “black box” system – in May this year, which provides online slaughter information to producers.

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