Center for Beef Excellence offers RFID Animal ID program in Pa.

HARRISBURG, Pa. –Center for Beef Excellence soon will offer a statewide RFID Animal ID program to Pa. producers. This program should be available in January.

Purpose

This voluntary program will establish the origin of the beef product through the use of an animal identification system in partnership with the Pa. Department of Agriculture. The program will equip cattle producers with the necessary components to deliver a product that can be traced back to the PA farm of origination.

Through certification, and individual or group animal identification, Pennsylvania producers will be able to provide cattle identified as being born and raised in Pa.

Encouraged

The opportunity to add premiums through identified cattle is encouraged statewide by a consumer-driven market willing to pay more for the value these products offer.

Free RFID tags will be available in the near future. Check www.beefexcellence.com or contact Ann Nogan at 570-687-3150 for up-to-date information on program details.

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