Source: Barbara Duckworth,,  August 1, 2019 

Disease outbreaks in New Zealand showed authorities how few farmers had complied with a national ID and tracing law

Premises identification is one of the three pillars of livestock traceability but producers are not always supportive.

Knowing the premise identification number of a farm or any other place where animals live is useful to track disease but the information can be used to alert owners about emergencies, such as floods, fires or an environmental risk like a pipeline leak. People can be contacted faster and if necessary, told to evacuate, or emergency services can be dispatched sooner, said Allan Pelletier of the livestock traceability division of Alberta Agriculture.

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