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Animal Tracing Schemes

Volume 506: debated on Monday 22 February 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for what livestock traceability schemes his Department is responsible; and what the (a) objectives and (b) costs in 2009-10 are of each. (316826)

DEFRA is responsible for traceability across the main farmed livestock species: cattle, pigs, sheep and goats. Reliable traceability of livestock underpins disease control measures, ensures effective disease surveillance and maintains consumer confidence. Detailed figures by species are not available but identifying the main livestock species in England and tracking their movements costs Government and the livestock industry in the region of £55 million per year1.

1 NAO report “Identifying and Tracking Livestock in England”: November 2003.