All calves, pigs and goats in the Netherlands must be identified and registered, including imported animals. Each animal's data is stored on an I&R ear tag. Calves and goats have a unique ID code, while pigs are identified and registered in groups based on the UBN number (the livestock farmer's unique business number). This allows us to track each animal's movement and welfare from the beginning to the end.
Traceability of calves
As chain director, we are closely involved in the identification and registration of calves. Our track & trace system starts at the selection centre. All kinds of data is added as the animal moves through the system. Because the more we record, the more we know, right down to the data from the deboning hall. This ensures that each calf can be tracked and traced in precise detail.