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Animal Registration and Identification

Lead responsible: Erik Rehben and Benedicte Fusai

Animal identification and traceability (AIT) is the capacity to retrieve the location of an animal as well as the different holdings where he was reared by the mean of an identification number. These systems were established in the European Union (EU) at the end of the nineties and in some other countries in the world.

In Europe, these systems are mature and are a key component of animal productions. They have now to cope with new challenges:
1. New requirements for multipurpose systems
2. An increasing use Information and communication technologies (ICT) by the actors of the industry from the farmers to the retailers.
3. International interoperability.
4. ‘Real time’ traceability.
5. Limit costs and administrative burden
6. Upcoming changes in the EU regulation toward the electronic veterinary certificates.
7. A management more and more driven by cost benefit analysis.
8. …

ICT as well as animal identification by radio frequency are key elements to meet these challenges to transform the existing animal registration into smart animal identification and traceability.

Objectives of the session
• What are the challenges for a smart animal identification and traceability?
• What are the critical technologies to implement smart AIT ?
• What are the required conditions for an efficient implementation of these technologies: methodology, functional and technical standards, harmonization, service provider…?
• What are the needs for research to identify and qualify the relevant technologies as well as the required conditions for an efficient implementation.

Short communications dealing with about several of the above issues followed by a general conclusion.

• Opening by chair, Erik Rehben – Institut de l’Elevage.

• SITRAN: Spanish Animal Traceability System - Axel Bach (TRAGSATEC)

• Short term developments:
o RFID : lessons learnt from the French pilot projects for cattle and small ruminants - Marion Dang (Institut de l’Elevage)
o e vet certification or data exchange within EU:
- Ongoing initiatives for animal data exchange and e vet certification at the EU level - Lars SKÄRINGER (EU/DGSANCO)
- State of art of standards for animal data exchange - Frans van Diepen (UNCEFACT and Dutch ministry of Agriculture)

• Long term perspective: Smart Dairy Farming - Kees Lokhorst (Wageningen UR)

• Discussions, looking for the big challenges, solutions and collaborations - Henri Holster (Wageningen UR).

• Closing with Conclusions