fleischwirtschaft.de – QUEENSLAND/Australia: A big difference of about 11 million phantom cattle has been found between the existing Australian cattle population with 27 million individuals and the database registrations of about 38 million. This has been reported by the online service of Queensland Country Life.
The ABA (Australian Beef Association) consequently has raised concerns about Meat and Livestock Australia claims that 38 million NLIS (National Livestock Indentification System) tags are now registered on its database.
This gap could be a result of tag inventory on shelves, damaged tags etc. The ABA management is afraid that a traceability program that purports to trace back animals in under 48 hours is unlikely to return accurate results. And the proposal to reboot the whole system poses the question how to correct these 11 million phantom cattle.