Plan for electronic stock tags in three years

NEW ZEALAND - The country's 10 million cattle and two million deer could all be individually identified by electronic tags within three years, at a cost of about $30 million. Electronic tagging of New Zealand's 40 million sheep could follow, provided the technology proves successful in cattle and deer and can be shown to work in Europe, where it will be introduced by 2007. "Since bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) arrived, it has forced international interest, in a regulatory sense, for countries to introduce an identification system," he said in an interview.

calendar icon 19 May 2005
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