The AIRT system is intended to safeguard the national livestock herd through animal disease prevention and preparedness for disease outbreaks.
To enable the tracing of meat, animal products and livestock back to the farm of origin is one of the key objectives. For example, this would be useful in tracing the outbreak of a disease, preventing the spread of disease, limiting damage to national or international trade and facilitating market expansion.
The system could have far-reaching consequences in terms of the way animals are identified, moved, slaughtered, where they are kept, and how record-keeping is done, among other things.
“In order to implement a functional and efficient AIRT system a phased-in approach is highly recommended. A functional AIRT system aims to identify animals individually and register them on a central database.”
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