Beef 2021: Smartening-up meat traceability


Beef Central (AU)



CENTRAL Queensland University has been awarded a $200,101 traceability grant to improve meat traceability through the existing National Livestock Identification System (NLIS).


Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management David Littleproud said the research will look at ways to improve meat traceability, animal welfare and meat quality.


“On-animal sensors or smart-tags is an emerging technology and we’re only just learning the full extent of how it can benefit the red meat industry,” Minister Littleproud said.


“This research looks at how smart-tags technology can be used in traceability, linking pre-farm gate management with the results obtained at processing.


“It involves a review of how smart-tags can be used to detect disease and management issues, and a case study to inform how this data can be employed for industry.


“While there is a commercial drawback to diseases, given that they ultimately result in carcass downgrades, any incentive to improve the health and welfare of our animals can only be a positive...