Computer cattle tracing system starts today

28 September 1998

Computer cattle tracing system starts today

BRITAINS computerised cattle tracing system, which the Government hopes will help get the beef export ban lifted, begins operations today (MOnday).

The British Cattle Movement Service (BCMS) is based at Workington, Cumbria. It is expected to issue 3 million computer-printed cattle passports each year and handle 20m movements a year, including births, sales and deaths.

Agriculture Minister Nick Brown hopes the ban on the export of beef will be lifted by Christmas because the computer system will make it easier to trace cattle in the event of a disease outbreak.

  • Financial Times 28/09/98 page 8

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