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Tijdschr Diergeneeskd. 1996 Oct 15;121(20):576-81.

[I&R (identification and registration) system cattle: an analysis of its use during a foot-and-mouth-disease outbreak in The Netherlands].

[Article in Dutch]

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Vakgroep Agrarische Bedrijfseconomie, Wageningen.


The performance of the Dutch cattle I&R system was analysed, with emphasis on the potential use of the system for the control of an outbreak of foot and mouth disease (FMD). The analysis showed that not all mutations were centrally registered within the three working days that are allowed to pass between the actual change and the obligatory report. In particular, young calves and cattle heading for slaughter were reported too late. During an outbreak of FMD, the best strategy to trace animals off a farm seems to be first to identify all animals on the farm, using a preprocessed list of the animals that should be present on the farm according to the I&R system. Then all the animals that have left the farm during the last month can be traced in the central I&R computer or by asking the person to whom the farmer sold the cattle (the next owner). In the present study, 54% of the animals were localized within one day, and 94% within one week. Finally, some suggestions for improvement for the system are given.

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