Eblex calls for real-time animal database

A high-speed beef and sheep database recording animal movements and assurance statuses is essential to enhance the industry’s reputation on world markets, according to Eblex chairman John Cross.

Speaking at the organisation’s annual conference, Cross said that by helping manage the risk of major disease outbreaks, the system would put the UK on an equal or better footing than its competitors at a time when world trade is booming.

“I realise this is a challenge and there will be a cost involved, but I believe it is a vital move for the industry and it needs to be considered sooner rather than later,” he added.
“These are very volatile times, but the industries and businesses that survive times like these are not the biggest, richest or smartest necessarily, but the ones with the fastest response and a willingness to change.

“No one else is going to grant us a secure future. We are the ones who have to act to mitigate the risks and optimise the opportunities presented by global markets, on the one hand, and technical advancement of productivity and efficiency on the other.”

Cross said the prospects were positive for the future of the beef and lamb industry, but significant disease outbreaks could be “a major Achilles’ heel” for the sector.

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