As the need to develop a U.S. cattle identification and traceability system continues to gain traction among all sectors of the beef industry, David Gregg and his team at World Perspectives recently conducted a feasibility study examining how a nationally significant system could impact economic opportunities and the ability to manage an animal disease outbreak.
Gregg presented the study’s findings during yesterday’s Beef Industry University, sponsored by the Farm Credit Associations of Kansas.
The study consisted of industry stakeholder interviews and surveys; a cost-benefit analysis on animal ID and traceability systems; and a review of traceability programs from nine foreign beef exporting countries. Gregg said the results of the study indicate adoption of a producer-driven cattle traceability system ultimately would benefit the U.S. beef industry’s animal health efforts and access to new and expanding markets.
“We’ve got the best quality beef in the world, we’ve got the best producers, the best feeders, the best value chain, the best logistics – not to mention our beef tastes better,” Gregg said. “But you’re missing one thing that all of your competitors have – a nationally significant animal ID and traceability system.”