US Animal Disease Control ‘Biggest Need’

BOWLING GREEN - More than 85 percent of those completing an informal survey at ID•INFO EXPO 2007 believe the United States is not keeping pace with other developed countries regarding animal traceability systems for marketing and disease control purposes.
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Market Driving Greater Cattle Traceability US - Craig Uden is buying more and more cattle for his feedlot that have been age and source verified through third-party systems. And his experience suggests market forces are driving the cattle business toward traceability more effectively than any government program.

Uden owns Darr Feedlot, a 40,000 head facility near Cozad, Nebraska. And he told Brownfield buying third-party age and source verified cattle provides benefits far beyond traceability.

"We end up getting better quality cattle," Uden explained. "Thus, less health problems, better performance and, I think, anytime you can do that you add to the bottom line because you're buying cattle that perform a little better all the way through."

According to Uden, most firms providing third-party age and source verification these days generally do an equally good job. He said the marketplace has weeded out lesser companies over the last several years. And Uden added that, over time, cattlemen at all stages of production have become more comfortable with third-party age and source verification systems.

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