Animal ID system highlighted at beef symposium and trade show

BEAUMONT - The latest information about the national animal identification system being planned for the livestock industry will be presented at the Southeast Texas Beef Symposium and Trade Show on Nov. 16 in Liberty, TX.

A team of government and industry representatives has been working on a plan for more than a year, but little information concerning the details of the proposed system has become available. Dr. Bob Hillman, executive director of the Texas Animal Health Commission, will provide participants with the latest information concerning plans for the implementation of the Animal ID Program, and an update on animal health issues.

The new system will use Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags for individual animal identification. Texas Cooperative Extension Economists Dr. David Anderson and Dr. Larry Falconer will demonstrate the RFID tags and various electronic reader devices that will be available to producers and buyers. They will also discuss strategies for linking this new technology to computerized record-keeping and management software.

The symposium will begin at 2 p.m. at the Trinity Valley Exposition fairgrounds in Liberty. It is organized by Texas Cooperative Extension agents in Chambers, Liberty, Orange, Hardin, and Jefferson counties.

Other presentations will include Dr. Mary Ketchersid, Extension pesticide safety specialist, speaking on noxious weed identification and control; Dr. David Bade, Extension forage specialist, discussing new Bermuda varieties coming to market; and Dr. Tony Provin, Extension soilchemist, with information on managing fertility and weeds in forage crops.

Licensed private commercial and non-commercial applicators participating in this symposium may obtain two Continuing Education Units for re-certification during the afternoon session, and one CEU for the evening session.

For more information, call the Extension office in Jefferson County at (409) 835-8461 before Nov. 10 Registration is $5 for adults, $7 for those who did not RSVP. Registration begins at 2 p.m., a catered meal will be served at 6:45 p.m., and the meeting will close at 9:15 p.m.

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