Ben Weinheimer With TCFA Talks Traceability Throughout The Industry From Calf To Slaughter
Oklahoma Farm Report
12 Feb 2020
On today’s Beef Buzz, in recent years the issue of disease traceability has focused on animals over 18 months of age, but a recent Texas Cattle Feeder Association [TCFA] pilot project has included cattle of all ages, Ben Weinheimer with TCFA told us during the cattle industry convention last week in San Antonio. TCFA is the trade organization that represents feedlots in Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas.
“It’s been a priority for TCFA for many years in terms of being an advocate and a voice for the cattle industry to encourage improvements in the national animal ID system,” Weinheimer said, “and for the past several years we have invested heavily in pilot projects that includes cattle from auction markets, cow herds, feedlots and packing plants in Texas and several other states that have been cooperating.”
Weinheimer said they are combining their pilot project with a similar project in Kansas- the CattleTrace Project.
“Both of these pilot projects have demonstrated success,” Weinheimer said. The new combined effort will be known as U.S. CattleTrace- learn more about it from their website- available here www.uscattletrace.org
Prior to the TCFA pilot projects, the USDA had emphasized tracking adult cattle (those over 18 months) but the TCFA believes it is important to have a traceability system that follows the animal from the ranch of origin all the way to the packing plant...
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